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Bachelor of Science in Physics


The undergraduate Physics program at IIT 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 biophysics, solid state physics, or high energy physics. The American Institute of Physics Career Web site provides more information about careers for physics majors.

Program Requirements 

Required Courses

PHYS 100 Introduction to the Profession 2 Credits
PHYS 123 General Physics I 4 Credits
PHYS 221 General Physics II 4 Credits
PHYS 223 General Physics III 4 Credits
PHYS 240 Computational Science 3 Credits
PHYS 300 Instrumentation Lab 4 Credits
PHYS 304 Kinetic Theory and Thermodynamics 3 Credits
PHYS 308 Classic Mechanics I 3 Credits
PHYS 309 Classic Mechanics II 3 Credits
PHYS 348 Modern Physics 3 Credits
PHYS 405 Quantum Theory I 3 Credits
PHYS 406 Quantum Theory II 3 Credits
PHYS 413 Electricity and Magnetism I 3 Credits
PHYS 414 Electricity and Magnetism II 3 Credits
PHYS 427 Advanced Physics Laboratory I 3 Credits
PHYS 428* Advanced Physics Laboratory II 3 Credits
PHYS 440 Computational Physics 3 Credits
PHYS 485 Physics Colloquium (2 Semesters) 2 Credits
MATH 151 Calculus I 5 Credits
MATH 152 Calculus II 5 Credits
MATH 251 Multivariate and Vector Calculus 4 Credits
MATH 252 Introduction to Differential Equations 4 Credits
  Math Electives** 6 Credits
CHEM 124 Principles of Chemistry I 4 Credits
CHEM 125 Principles of Chemistry II 4 Credits
General Education    
IPRO 497 Interprofessional Project (2 Semesters) 6 Credits
CS 105 Intro to Computer Programming 2 Credits
  Humanities and Social Science 21 Credits
  Free Electives*** 12 Credits
  Total Hours 129

*PHYS 428 may be substituted by a semester of research with permission of the department.
**Any advanced Math course selected in consultation with the academic adviser
***Any course selected in consultation with the academic adviser