Physicists study and apply the laws of nature to answer fundamental questions about the nature of light and matter in order to understand how the universe behaves. The Physics program curriculum focuses on scientific investigation, laboratory experience and research opportunities to give you hands-on experience in the field of physics.
As a Physics major, you will take courses in:
- Earth system science
- Electricity and magnetism
- Experimental physics
- Methods of computational and theoretical physics
- Programming languages
- Quantum mechanics
The Physics program offers five concentrations for Physics majors:
- Standard Physics
- Computational Physics
- Engineering Physics
- Interdisciplinary Physics
- Teacher of Physics: Secondary Level
The physics department also offers a five-year joint program in engineering with the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Upon completion, you will earn a Bachelor of Science in Physics with a concentration in Engineering Physics from DePaul and a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace, Computer, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering from IIT.
You will work with faculty members on research projects, which may result in your work being published in physics journals. Faculty members conduct research projects in a variety of areas, including complex fluids, materials science, ultra-fast physics, nuclear physics and observational astronomy.
We also offer a combined bachelor's in Physics/master's in Secondary Education Physics, which allows you to complete a bachelor's degree and a graduate degree in five years.