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EIU Department of Physics

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.

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Why Choose EIU for Physics

Integrative Learning

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.

Challenging Curriculum

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.

Achieve your goals

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.

Undergraduate Programs

Computational Physics

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 Major

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.

Teacher Licensure

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.

Engineering Physics

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.

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Contact Information

Physics Department

Physical Sciences Building Room 2131
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-3220

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