Prospective Students

If you are interested in physics, you have come to the right place in our Department of Physics at UIC. Our faculty are world-class researchers and educators, and include many who have won teaching awards.  The fact that we are a "research one" (very high research activity) university provides many unique opportunities for undergraduate research.  This includes publication opportunities - for example, physics faculty member Professor Robert Klie is the founding editor of the Journal of Undergraduate Research, a refereed journal dedicated to publishing undergraduate research.

BS-Initial-Employment-09_10 Our undergraduate program offers both BA and BS degrees in physics, and also has a program that leads to both teaching certification and a Masters of Education that is obtained in partnership with the College of Education for those who may be interested in an exciting, rewarding, and challenging career in teaching high school physics. Many of our physics majors go directly into the job market while others pursue more advanced degrees at the MS or PhD level.

A physics degree leads to a wide range of career opportunities, and the American Physical Society has published analysis of recent data illustrating this on their Careers in Physics Statistical Data web page. Of particular interest is their analysis of What's a Bachelors Degree Worth? in terms of starting salaries for various fields.

BS-starting-salaries-09_10_3 We offer a very flexible and exciting minor in physics program that allows students to also pursue their interest in physics while obtaining a different degree at UIC. Having a minor in physics on one’s transcript could provide significant boosts to future job prospects, no matter what the field you go into.

We have an active Physics Club that is supported at the departmental level that organizes activities for students. A dedicated undergraduate study lounge is available 24 hours a day, and you will have the opportunity to take classes from faculty who are carrying out funded forefront research in areas such as Applied Laser Physics, Biological and Soft Matter Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Physics, Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics, and Renewable Energy. Many undergraduate research opportunities also exist for our physics majors, under the direction of these same faculty.

Please further explore our web page and feel free to contact us if you are interested in visiting the department or if you have any additional questions. Below are some useful links.

For a list of our physics courses please visit Online Course Listing for Physics.

For UIC application procedures, please visit the Apply Online webpage.

For UIC financial aid please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid.