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.

Recent Theses and Dissertations in Physics

Physics Department Colloquia

In The News

(March 4, 2019) Professor Carol Thompson and collaborators at Argonne National Lab have published an article in Nature Physics. Using a pink-beam coherent x-ray correlation spectroscopy technique they recently perfected, their studies revealed that island arrangements during layer-by-layer homoepitaxial crystal growth of Gallium Nitride recreated persistent patterns and positions through multiple layer assemblies. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41567-019-0448-1

News Archive

Contact Us

Department of Physics

La Tourette Hall, Room 202
815-753-6415
physics@niu.edu

Department Chair
Laurence Lurio, Ph.D.
815-753-6470

Asst. Chair/Director of Undergraduate Studies
Yasuo Ito, Ph.D.
815-753-6477

Director of Graduate Studies
Philippe Piot, Ph.D.
815-753-6473

Physics Help Room
Faraday Hall Rm 251
Mon-Thu 9 am - 5 pm, Fri 9 am - 3 pm