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Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences & Physical Education


Joliet Junior College's Natural Sciences and Physical Education Department encompasses a wide range of disciplines, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, emergency medical services, fire science technology, geography, geology, physical education, and physics.

Students can take advantage of the many unique learning opportunities JJC offers, from an on-campus planetarium to the prairie restoration project. Students receive hands-on learning experiences and lab time from professors who are extremely knowledgeable in their areas of expertise, continually study updates in their fields, and earn accolades both on and off campus.

Campus Resources

The Natural Sciences and Physical Education department is comprised of:

Additional Information & Resources

  • Natural Science Club

    The purpose of the JJC Natural Sciences Club is to provide a creative, social and educational outlet for those students interested in science - through field trips, restoration work, discussions, and guest speakers.

    Students can look forward to stimulating monthly meetings, field trips to places such as Brookfield Zoo, Shedd Aquarium, and Starved Rock. There are educational and social interactions, and opportunities to help maintain and restore natural habitats.

    The history of the Natural Sciences Club is interesting. We used to be the Life Science Club and before that the Grassroots Club. The members actively worked with Dr. Zales on many projects. They were also active in the protest against dumping waste from many areas at the former arsenal. Members have taken trips to Iowa, Tennessee (Great Smokey Mountains), and Maine. The club also has participated in the campus prairie restoration project, which entails prairie burns and seed collection. Another club project is helping the Department of Conservation with deer check stations.

  • Ecological Restoration Project

    Come join us, as Joliet Junior College continues restoring the campus' natural areas. The ecosystems on campus are remnants of a once vast wilderness of prairie and forest. Most of Illinois' natural areas are being invaded by non-native and opportunistic plant species. Without regular management of these disturbed natural areas many of our remaining native species will go extinct locally!

    Ecological restoration is the process of re-establishing native plant communities and ecological processes of energy flow and nutrient cycling until they become self-sustaining. This is your chance to help preserve our local biological diversity.

    During a restoration day we explore and discover the subtle changes taking place on the site, admire the seasonal activities of plants and animals, cut and clear non-native vegetation, plant native seeds and root stocks, and take frequent rests to enjoy our accomplishments. You are encouraged to wear boots, long pants, and durable leather gloves. Everyone of all experiences are invited to attend. We provide the training and equipment for enthusiastic volunteers.

    For additional information about JJC's restoration project and nature trails contact Andy Neill from the Natural Science Department at (815) 280-2632. We look forward to seeing you!

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