What Makes Physics at EIU Special?


The speed of light in air is an experiment that can be done by introductory Physics lab students. These students are working on aligning the laser light. A signal is delayed by sending it across the room and back then measuring the time difference to determine the speed. (Photo by Jay Grabiec)

Eastern Illinois University presents many of the advantages of a large university. With more than 10,000 students and more than 500 faculty members on campus, you will share in a collegial atmosphere with exciting opportunities for intellectual, cultural and social growth. There are class offerings spanning more than 30 different departments across campus.

Extracurricular activities include:

In other words, EIU provides an exciting college experience with many opportunities of which you can take advantage.

Although Eastern is large, the Department of Physics is much more personal than you might think. You can expect a lot of individual attention as a Physics major. Our faculty teaches all the classes and labs — unlike larger universities, where might see teaching assistants teaching classes and labs. You will get to know our faculty and our faculty will get to know you. Small classes and laboratories are the rule, and faculty members are available for discussions and interactions outside of class.

You will be encouraged to participate in faculty-mentored research, which will give you a one-on-one experience with a faculty member working on research in the field. Student organizations such as the Society of Physics Students and Astronomy Club give you chances to interact with faculty outside of the classroom. You will not be able to hide in the crowd as a Physics major at EIU. You will be a part of our community. We think  this individual attention will help you grow and develop your abilities to their fullest extent.