The Department of Physics offers courses and concentrations designed to teach students about the fundamental processes that govern our universe. Students interested in majoring in physics can choose from several concentrations.
The Standard Physics concentration provides a curriculum that highlights the core areas of theoretical and experimental physics. The Computational Physics concentration provides a curriculum that emphasizes the use of computer simulations as a tool to visualize and understand natural phenomena.
In both concentrations student participation in faculty research is an important component of the program that prepares students for independent work in graduate school or industry. Each concentration also prepares students for graduate study, either in physics or in applied sciences such as optics, photonics, scientific computing, engineering, or computer science.
For students interested in engineering, the the department offers a concentration in Engineering Physics. Through a joint program with Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), students can complete a five-year dual-degree program while remaining full-time DePaul students. This five-year program enables students to get a BS in Physics from DePaul and a BS in Engineering from IIT in Mechanical, Aerospace, Electrical/Computer Engineering. Students interested in obtaining a BS in Physics with the Engineering Physics concentration must be accepted into one of these programs at IIT as part of the DePaul-IIT Joint Engineering Program.
Additionally, students interested in engineering, but are not interested in the joint dual-degree program will have the scientific basis to complete an engineering program at another institution after the first two years of the physics major curriculum at DePaul.
For students who wish to apply a physics degree to a career outside of physics, the department offers a concentration entitled Interdisciplinary Physics. This concentration combines a major in physics with a minor in a second field of the student's choice with their advisor's consent.
Student participation in faculty research is an important component of the Physics program at all levels. Participation in research can be pursued either through independent study during the academic year or full-time during the summer quarter. This experience is excellent preparation for independent work in graduate school or industry.