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.