Loyola University Chicago

Department of Physics

BS in Physics

Program Outcomes

Physics is the most fundamental and all-inclusive of the sciences and has profoundly impacted all scientific development—from the smallest forms of matter to rapid advances in modern technology to understanding the universe itself. 

The Loyola University Chicago Department of Physics is home to one of the largest undergraduate-only programs in the United States, with approximately 110 undergraduate majors. The Bachelor of Science in Physics program provides rigorous training in mathematics and the sciences with coursework in statistical thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, optics, and electronics.

Physics graduates pursue careers in private industry, government labs, economics, and medicine. They may focus on research and development in astrophysics, cosmology, nanotechnology, medical physics, environmental science, big data, and materials science as well as regulation and public policy at state and federal government agencies. The program also prepares students for graduate education in physics, biological physics, computer science, engineering, and law. Majoring in physics benefits students considering careers in medicine, radiology, and dentistry as pre-health physics majors receive amongst the highest placement scores on the MCAT and other entrance exams.

Students can tailor the degree program to their specific careers interests with numerous electives offered in the Department of Physics, such as astrophysics, biophysics, and particle physics, as well as in the Departments of Math, Chemistry, and Computer Science. In addition, students have the opportunity to gain intensive research experience in theoretical, computational, and experimental physics through involvement in faculty research areas that include cosmology, quantum mechanics, fluid dynamics, acoustics, biophysics, and high-energy physics. 

Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Exhibit foundational knowledge in the physical sciences
  • Understand laboratory techniques and computer skills used in physical science labs
  • Possess an understanding of the mathematics needed to model and solve problems
  • Perform careful data collection and analysis to develop or falsify scientific theories
  • Demonstrate effective and ethical decision-making abilities in issues related to the sciences

Major in Physics

The physics major includes courses in all the fundamental areas of physics at the beginning and intermediate level. Students have the opportunity to take special topics courses that provide an advanced background in specific areas of physics. The curriculum includes a strong background in mathematics, laboratory experience, and computer methods. These are the science and mathematics courses required for the BS in physics:

BS in Physics 2015