This pathway focuses on science, technology, engineering and math and is perfect for those who are analytical and mathematically-minded. You can expect professors with industry experience and a variety of electives to choose from so you can customize learning based on your individual interests.
Some highlights include:
- Opportunities for immediate employment upon graduation or an easy transfer to a four-year school
- On-campus resources like the Dr. William M. Zales Arboretum, Herbert Trackman Planetarium and the prairie restoration project
- A fitness center and kinesiology classes, including a certificate in personal training
Natural Sciences & Physical Education
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JJC's Natural Sciences and Physical Education Department encompasses a wide range of disciplines. Many students take these courses to meet general education requirements, and many who take our courses are pre-med, pre-veterinarian, pre-pharmacology, pre-physical therapists or future engineers. Our variety of courses can help prepare you for your future career, whatever your path may be.
Students can also 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.
- Astronomy (Two courses offered: ASTR 101 and PHSCI 125)
- Kinesiology/Physical Education
- Personal Trainer
Kinesiology | Physical Education
JJC's Physical Education program includes courses as basic as the Fitness Center to courses as detailed and specific as soccer coaching. The program also encompasses classes on first aid, the history of sports and wellness concepts, as well as many others.
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Natural Sciences Club
JJC's Natural Sciences Club provides a creative, social and educational outlet for those students interested in science - through field trips, restoration work, discussions and guest speakers.
Field trips include Brookfield Zoo, Shedd Aquarium, Starved Rock and more. There are also opportunities to help maintain and restore natural habitats.
The club also has participated in the JJC Main Campus prairie restoration project, which involves prairie burns and seed collection. Another club project has been helping the Department of Conservation with deer check stations.
Ecological Restoration Project
Join us as JJC continues restoring natural areas on campus. The ecosystems on campus are remnants of a once vast wilderness of prairie and forest. Most natural areas in Illinois 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!
Engineering (Associate Degree Program)
Your engineering requisites will earn you an Associates in Science degree for transfer to a four-year school. JJC will also assist you in searching for the right engineering discipline to meet your goals.
Transfer to a Four-Year School
You can save thousands on your education by attending JJC your first two semesters compared to a four-year public or private institution.
As a member of the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP), JJC offers many study abroad opportunities around the world for students of any major. Destinations include Japan, Costa Rica, England, France and more!
How to Study Abroad
At JJC, you can choose to study abroad during the fall, spring or summer semesters. All students who want to study abroad should fill out an application and have it completed by the deadlines below.
- Spring Program: October 15
- Summer Program: February 15
- Fall Program: May 15
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