The Department of Physics is dedicated to providing students an exceptional Integrative Learning experience.
With outstanding laboratories, equipment, and first rate professors and instructors, students graduate with a firm foundation that leads them to rewarding career opportunities or post-graduate degrees.
The Physics Department fully embraces the Eastern Integrative Experience. Many of the initiatives and directions of the Integrative Experience are standard operating procedure for the Physics Department.
Over the four years of the Physics curriculum our students grow and mature both in their field and in their lives. We have a curriculum that guides the student through a maturation process in math and science by continuously challenging them and increasing their knowledge base.
Whether it's getting a professional job, a teaching job, or going on to a Ph.D. program, our students have been very successful after they graduate our program. Physics students consistently score the highest in the University on tests for critical thinking. We find that the personal approach with small class size works well to enhance student learning. Our students gain career experience through grading and tutoring as well as internships. Our students get research experience as well as experience presenting at scientific meetings. In the end, our students get an education that serves them well in whatever direction they go.
If your head is in the stars and your feet are on the ground, consider a degree in Applied Physics. You’ll start by studying some of the same science that other Physics majors learn, from the formation of the solar system to the pull of a magnet. But you'll build on your foundation by concentrating on the practical applications of Physics. Click here for more information on this program.
Are you good with computers? Do you also have an interest in the physical world around you? Combining these interests can lead to the concentration of Computational Physics. Click here for more information on this program.
When you look up at the night sky, what do you see? There are patterns of stars, planets, the moon, and some sights that you may not be able to explain. Click here for more information on this program.
Physics is the scientific study of matter and energy and how they interact with each other. This energy can take the form of motion, light, electricity, radiation, gravity . . . just about anything, honestly. Physics deals with matter on scales ranging from sub-atomic particles (i.e. the particles that make up the atom and the particles that make up those particles) to stars and even entire galaxies. Click here for more information on this program.
If you like science and math but feel the need to study something with direct applications in the job market then consider Radiation Physics Click here for more information on this program.
You enjoy the physical world around you. You are pretty good at math and like that it applies to something in the world. You like to gain understanding about phenomena like how electricity works, how the steam engine works, or why the sky is blue. But you are a people person who likes to help others to understand these types of things. Then you might like to go into Physics teaching. Click here for more information on this program.
Are you the type of person who always had to tinker with things? Were you the person who always had ideas for improving or inventing something? Did you take things apart to find out how they run? Are you practical and well directed in your efforts? Then you might be the type of person who should try our Engineering Physics concentration. Click here for more information on this program.
Engineering is problem solving. An Engineer may work in a number of different fields. For example, an Engineer may solve problems dealing with the production and transmission of energy, or he(she) may be involved in food production, product manufacturing, construction of bridges or dams, computer design, design of air or spacecraft, or any of a number of interesting areas! Click here for more information on this program.
"My research concentrates in Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics: compact X-ray sources, neutron stars, physics of accretion, Coulomb collisions in strong magnetic field, radiation processes in strong magnetic field, radiative transfer, numerical hydrodynamics."
“I find lasers and optics fascinating. Recently I have been studying the polarization of light. In particular polarized light is expected to be transmitted by a polarizer aligned parallel to the direction of polarization. A crossed polarizer should block the light. However, what happens if the light does not impinge on the polarizer perpendicular to the surface? It may seem like this is a simple problem of geometry but it is much more difficult than that."
"Since coming to Eastern Illinois University my area of research has been twofold; first General Relativity and Relativistic Astrophysics, which include the modeling internal structure of neutron stars, and exact solutions of Einstein’s field equations for massless scalar fields. Since the year 2004, and the construction of the EIU observatory I have also started research in observational astronomy, in collaboration with Robert Holmes and ARI (Astronomical Research Institute in Charleston)."