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Why Choose Physics?

  • A history and legacy of scientific and technological achievement dating back to the 1890s
  • Rigorous, relevant programs that prepare students for their next step
  • Typically smaller, more personal departments and classes where students are known and can maximize their potential
  • A network of more than 10,000 alumni around the world
  • Access to big research, including Argonne, Fermilab, CERN, Daya Bay, and more
  • Flexibility in programs that makes it possible for students to explore their interests, combine areas of study, specialize, or otherwise tailor their education to their needs
  • Multiple pathways to the future, such as co-terminal degrees, professional master's degrees, certificate programs, and traditional master's and doctoral degrees
  • Strong, committed faculty who are well regarded in their respective fields, including fellows of the American Physics Society and other organizations and NSF CAREER award recipients
  • Graduates who get jobs—in Fortune 500 firms to major international universities, the government to startups, Wall Street to NASA
  • A dynamic urban campus in the vibrant City of Chicago