Bachelor of Science in Physics

The undergraduate physics program provides an excellent preparation for a number of professions including law (patent and intellectual property), health physics, business, medicine, or research. The rigorous interdisciplinary nature of the program prepares graduates with a greater understanding of how physics is interrelated with biology and chemistry. Graduates are also prepared for immediate entry into positions in industrial, medical, and other research laboratories and for graduate study in areas such as biophysics, solid state physics, or high energy physics.

Required Courses

Physics Requirements (56)
PHYS 100Intro to the Profession2
PHYS 123General Physics I: Mechanics4
PHYS 221General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism4
PHYS 223General Physics III4
PHYS 240Computational Science3
PHYS 300Instrumentation Laboratory4
PHYS 301Mathematical Methods of Physics3
PHYS 304Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics3
PHYS 308Classical Mechanics I3
PHYS 309Classical Mechanics II3
PHYS 348Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers3
PHYS 405Fundamentals of Quantum Theory I3
PHYS 406Fundamentals of Quantum Theory II3
PHYS 413Electromagnetism I3
PHYS 414Electromagnetism II3
PHYS 427Advanced Physics Laboratory I3
PHYS 440Computational Physics3
PHYS 485Physics Colloquium1
PHYS 485Physics Colloquium1
Mathematics Requirements (18)
MATH 151Calculus I5
MATH 152Calculus II5
MATH 251Multivariate and Vector Calculus4
MATH 252Introduction to Differential Equations4
Mathematics Elective (3)
Select three credit hours3
Chemistry Requirements (8)
CHEM 124Principles of Chemistry I with Laboratory4
CHEM 125Principles of Chemistry II with Laboratory4
Computer Science Requirement (2)
CS 105Introduction to Computer Programming2
or CS 115 Object-Oriented Programming I
Humanities and Social Science Requirements (21)
See IIT Core Curriculum, sections B and C21
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) (6)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section E6
Free Electives (12)
Select 12 credit hours12
Total Credit Hours126

Bachelor of Science in Physics Curriculum

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
PHYS 1002PHYS 2214
PHYS 1234CHEM 1254
CHEM 1244MATH 1525
MATH 1515CS 105 or 1152
 15 15
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
PHYS 2234PHYS 2403
MATH 2514PHYS 3483
Social Sciences Elective3MATH 2524
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective3Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
Humanities 200-level Course3Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
 17 16
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
PHYS 3004PHYS 3043
PHYS 3013PHYS 3093
PHYS 3083PHYS 4063
PHYS 4053IPRO Elective I3
Humanities Elective (300+)3Free Elective3
 16 15
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
PHYS 4133PHYS 4143
PHYS 4273PHYS 4403
PHYS 4851PHYS 4851
IPRO Elective II3Math Elective, 300-level or above3
Humanities Elective (300+)3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
 16 16
Total Credit Hours: 126