Department of Physics
We offer B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. programs in physics. The B.S degree has emphases in Professional Physics, Applied Physics and Physics Secondary Education (teacher licensure). The M.S. program has specializations in Basic Physics, Applied Physics and Physics Teaching. Our faculty have close links with Fermilab and Argonne National Lab, and often involve undergrad and graduate students in research.
You will experience traditional classroom instruction as well as laboratory courses. All undergraduate physics majors also complete a capstone research project as part of their degree.
In The News
- The Deans of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences selected Nathanael Dille (’19) as a recipient of the Deans’ Award for his outstanding scholastic achievements, involvement and contributions to the physics department. Congratulations, Nathanael! (September 28, 2020)
- The Physics Department is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Chittipeddi scholarships, which provides financial support to outstanding students pursuing undergraduate degrees in physics at Northern Illinois University. This year's recipients are Emily Calgaro, August Lee, and Sebastian Perez Osorio. We congratulate them on their academic achievements that led to this award. (August 18, 2020)
- Professor Larry Lurio has been elected for the Executive Committee, vice-chair of American Physical Society (APS) Priarie section. (January 22, 2020)
- Spring 2020 Masters qualifying exam and Ph.D. candidacy examination information have been updated. (December 17, 2019)
- NIU Graduate Council Recognizes Two Physics Students, M. Krogstad, PhD and L. Rice, M.S., with Outstanding Dissertation and Thesis Awards of 2018/19 in the STEM and health sciences category. (October 28, 2019)
- Professor Carol Thompson and collaborators at Argonne National Lab have published an article in Nature Physics.(March 4, 2019)