Physics Curriculum - Southwestern Illinois College


Are you planning to earn an Associate in Science degree and then transfer to a four-year college or university to major in Physics? We strongly encourage you to consult with a SWIC Advisor prior to enrolling each semester.  We also advise you to familiarize yourself with the specific requirements of the four-year institution where you plan to transfer.

Fulfill the General Education and other institutional requirements for the Associate in Engineering Science degree listed in the printed or Online College Catalog. General Education course preferences may vary by transfer institution.

Recommended Courses

Course Number Course Description Credits
Total Credits 31
PHYS 204 Physics – Mechanics 4
PHYS 205 Physics – Heat, Elec & Magnetism 4
PHYS 206 Physics – Light & Modern Physics 5
MATH 203 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I 5
MATH 204 Analytic Geometry & Calculus II 5
MATH 205 Analytic Geometry & Calculus III 4
MATH 290 Differential Equations 3

Optional Courses

Course Number  Course Description Credits
MATH 292 Linear Algebra 2
CHEM 105 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 106 General Chemistry II 5

*The optional courses listed below may be applicable toward a baccalaureate Physics major. Please keep in mind that most transfer institutions limit the number of credit hours taken within a student’s major field of study at the community college level. To ensure the acceptance of such courses toward your intended major, check with the four-year institution where you are transferring or a SWIC Academic Advisor regarding their applicability.

Fulfill all other Associate in Engineering Science degree requirements listed in the printed or Online College Catalog.

Apply for graduation by the date published in the College Calendar.

Earn at least 65 transferable credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 to graduate from SWIC. Many transfer institutions require a higher GPA for admission to the institution and/or specific majors.

Note: Enrollment in many transfer classes is based on your score on the assessment placement test and/or your fulfillment of course prerequisites.