The Illinois State University Physics Department offers nationally recognized degree sequences in Physics, Computational Physics, Physics Engineering and Physics Teacher Education. The department is small enough to provide individual attention, yet is large enough to deliver large university opportunities. We average 17 graduates per year, which places in the top 20 out of approximately 500 undergraduate only physics departments nationwide. Our 10:1 student to faculty ratio encourages strong faculty student interactions and offers extensive research opportunities to our undergraduates that are rarely available in graduate departments.
The Physics Teacher Education program is one of the largest in the nation and the Computational Physics degree is among only and handful in the world. Engineering Physics students complete through the junior level of our program and then transfer to a school of their choice to complete the engineering portion of their education. Physics students from all sequences have won numerous national awards including the Apker Award from the American Physical Society, the Lotze Scholarship, Goldwater Scholarships and Fellowships form the NSF and DOD.
Our major fundraising goals for the coming year are to increase scholarship opportunities for both our incoming and continuing students, provide a scholarship to increase the number of women physics majors, and continue the success of the solar car team. Help us enhance our department by making a gift to the Physics Excellence Fund today!