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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


Scholarship Listing

Annie L. Weller Scholarship
Balsaar & Ruth Bubeck Scholarship
Brian & Trina Myerscough- Chad Pfeffinger Outstanding Sigma Pi Service Award
Charles L. and Kathryn Joley and Family Deans Scholarship in Education
Christos & Theodora Efstathiou Scholarship
COS Advisory Board Endowed Fund Sch
COS Student Advisory Board Student Assist. Award
Dr. Barbara L. Hill Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Henry Taitt Physics Scholarship
Dr. John Guckert Memorial Award
Dr. William Butler Physics Sch
Education Scholars Award
Frank McCormick Phi Beta Kappa Study Abroad Scholarship
Gerardo J. Solis Latino/Latina Scholarship
Glenn Lefler Physics Scholarship
Irvin L. Sparks Memorial Scholarship
Jesusa Valdez Kinderman Scholarship
L. Joyce Taylor Student Teaching Sch
Leona Stanford Vollintine Charitable Trust Fund Scholarship
Michael A. Scott Memorial Scholarship
Murray & Sallie Walters Memorial Scholarship
Patricia Stal Markowski Science Scholarship
Robert & Leyla Peck Waddell Prize
Sandra and Jack Pine Scholarship Program
Scholars in Undergraduate Research at Eastern (SURE Awards)
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Faculty Listing

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