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If you have a passion for understanding how things work and enjoy scientific experiments and mathematics, then you should study physics. Physics is the foundation of modern science. It has fascinated men and women of every age including Newton, Maxwell, Curie, Einstein, Bohr, Feynman, and Hawking. It encompasses the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest structure of matter, the quark. Concepts from relativity to quantum mechanics challenge the imagination. Physics and the technologies developed by physicists play a major role in chemistry, biology, medicine, electronics, geology, and in the applied fields of optics, nanotechnology, computer science, and engineering.

The mission of the EIU Department of Physics is to provide high quality undergraduate Physics instruction in which students gain the knowledge, skills, and values that enable them to become productive and responsible citizens with a capacity for reasoned judgment and effective communication. Students are guided by an outstanding faculty, known for its commitment to teaching in a small class setting, and for mentoring of students in small group research projects. Curricula are designed to challenge the student and to provide the depth of knowledge required for success, whether for graduate school, for industry, or for education.


Applied Physics, Astronomy, Computational Physics, Engineering Physics, Radiation Physics

Four Year Degree Plan

Graduate Degree Opportunities After Graduation

Astrophysics, Astronomy, Physics, Engineering

Course Catalog Listing (Applied Physics Option) (Astronomy Option) (Computational Physics Option) (Engineering Physics Option) (Radiation Physics Option)

Typical Starting Positions

Teaching, Lab Technician, Radiation Monitoring, Electrical power plant operator, Scientific instrument operator, Meteorologist, Computer programmer, Salesperson for technical/scientific instruments, Self-employed-electronics/computer development, Proceed to Master's Degree in most engineering fields, Environmental Science, Architecture, University lab demonstrator, Electro-optical engineer, Radiation Health Physicist, Physics technician, Plasma Physicist, Cosmologist, Metallurgist, Materials Scientist, Industrial Health Engineer, Astronomer, Oceanographer, Systems Analyst, Mathematician, Quality Control Specialist, Food & Drug Inspector, Acoustical Physicist, Astrophysicist.

Research Opportunities

Neutron Stars, General Relativity, Computational Physics, Optics, Lasers, Astronomy

Student Professional Organizations

Astronomy Club Society of Physics Students

Faculty Listing

Physics, Physical Science 2135
Contact Name: Dr. Leonard E. Storm
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