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The IIT Physics department is a small research oriented department where students at all levels work collaboratively in research groups that include IIT faculty, other students and postdoctoral associates. Physics faculty participate in a wide range of research projects on campus as well as at nearby Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL). The Center for Synchrotron Radiation Research and Instrumentation operates the BioCAT and MRCAT x-ray beamlines at the Advanced Photon Source at ANL, while physicists in the Center for Accelerator and Particle Physics work with scientists at ANL and FNAL on next generation particle accelerators.

Other areas of research include elementary particles, condensed matter, superconductivity, as well as experimental and computational biophysics. In addition to a traditional physics degree, IIT offers a variety of physics- based degree programs leading to numerous career options, including patent and intellectual property law, health physics, science education, business, and applied physics. Graduate programs include a Ph.D. track, a master of science degree, and a professional science master’s degree (PSM) in health physics.