Undergraduate Study in Physics

The Department of Physics offers course work leading to several undergraduate degrees. Each degree program is designed to prepare students for different postgraduate career choices as described below.

A very attractive option for many students majoring in another discipline is to pursue coursework for a minor in physics. We offer a large variety of course options for students to tailor the minor in physics to match their particular interests and future career interests. A physics minor on your transcript will not go unnoticed.

If you have questions or are interested in any of our programs, please contact our Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Cecilia Gerber.

Minor in Physics

The Minor in Physics program is designed to be able to be tailored to any student’s interest, and will provide students a unique edge in their future endeavors. This program has proven popular with students in other science majors, pre-health students, and engineering students. For more information on the requirements for a Minor in physics go to our Undergraduate Catalogue: Minor in Physics or contact our Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Bachelor of Arts in Physics (Major in Physics)

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Physics degree program is designed to provide students with a wide variety of career choices. For more information on the requirements for a B.A. in physics go to the Undergraduate Catalogue: Major in Physics - note that if you scroll down on the catalog page you can also see the listing for a model four-year plan of study.  

Bachelor of Science in Physics (Curriculum in Physics)

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Physics degree program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive foundation of physics and to prepare students for further graduate study in physics or a related field. For more information on the requirements for a B.S. in physics go to the Undergraduate Catalogue: BS in Physics - note that if you scroll down on the catalog page you can also see the listing for a model four-year plan of study. 

Masters of Education in Instructional Leadership

The Department of Physics has a long history of close collaboration with UIC's College of Education to provide pathways for students interested in becoming high school science teachers to earn their physics degree and also obtain their physics teaching certification. There is a continuing shortage of physics and science teachers, and if you are interested in teaching we have options that will enable you to earn a BA or BS in of Physics while simultaneously working closely with the Department of Education who offer a forefront Masters of Education in Instructional Leadership program that can open additional doors for a career in education at all levels, including science education.

UIC is also home to the Learning Sciences Research Institute who offer graduate degrees in learning sciences.