STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)


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:

Natural Sciences & Physical Education

  • About Us | Contact Information

    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.


    Contact Information

    John Laratta
    Department Chair, Professor
    815.280.2418
    jlaratta@jjc.edu

    Suzanne Roberts
    Department Secretary
    815.280.2420
    sroberts@jjc.edu

  • 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.

    Personal Trainer Certificate program
    JJC Fitness Center

    Contact Information

    Nancy DeRoss 
    ndross@jjc.edu 
    815.280.2379​

    David Opon
    Professor, Natural Sciences & Physical Education
    dopon@jjc.edu
    815.280.2853

  • 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.

Mathematics

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.

Study Abroad

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
       

    More on Study Abroad

Careers

  • Chemical Engineers

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Chemical Engineers

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2019 2,093 186
    2020 2,146
    2021 2,185
    2022 2,215
    2023 2,241

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Chemical Engineers

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $64,750.22 $101,242.35
    25 $78,043.09
    50 $101,242.35
    75 $128,516.46
    90 $154,816.96

    Education Attainment Levels - Chemical Engineers

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 0.00
    A Certificate 0.00
    Some College 0.00
    An Associate Degree 0.00
    A Bachelor's Degree 81.82
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 9.09
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 9.09
  • Chemists

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Chemists

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2019 10,156 1,068
    2020 10,302
    2021 10,406
    2022 10,475
    2023 10,526

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Chemists

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $42,261.92 $79,207.38
    25 $56,404.20
    50 $79,207.38
    75 $106,776.64
    90 $133,808.01

    Education Attainment Levels - Chemists

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 0.00
    A Certificate 0.00
    Some College 0.00
    An Associate Degree 4.38
    A Bachelor's Degree 87.80
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 7.25
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.58
  • Bioinformatics Scientists

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Bioinformatics Scientists

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2019 11,078 1,184
    2020 11,237
    2021 11,359
    2022 11,451
    2023 11,526

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Bioinformatics Scientists

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $55,498.49 $90,675.56
    25 $70,189.45
    50 $90,675.56
    75 $113,740.72
    90 $148,179.93

    Education Attainment Levels - Bioinformatics Scientists

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 0.00
    A Certificate 0.00
    Some College 0.00
    An Associate Degree 0.00
    A Bachelor's Degree 33.61
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 20.17
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 46.22
  • Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2019 50,727 10,384
    2020 52,668
    2021 54,254
    2022 55,588
    2023 56,691

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $23,073.18 $47,508.67
    25 $29,173.97
    50 $47,508.67
    75 $65,477.09
    90 $90,457.90

    Education Attainment Levels - Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 4.00
    A Certificate 36.00
    Some College 12.00
    An Associate Degree 20.00
    A Bachelor's Degree 20.00
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 8.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00