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Challenging Major, Myriad Options: Physics at Illinois Tech

Physics at IIT is not easy. But when you finish the program, you’ll find that many different graduate school and professional options await.

That’s because when you study physics, you not only learn the fundamentals of the field. You also learn skills that can be used in many other areas—like finance, law, business, or engineering. Quantitative skills, analytical thinking skills, problem-solving skills.

These skills help our students get into top graduate schools and get jobs at places like NASA, Google, IBM, Argonne, Fermilab, University of Chicago, Textura, Alcatel-Lucent, and more.

IIT physics is academically rigorous—you will be challenged every day. But like Aram, James, and Emily, you’ll be well prepared for your next step—whether graduate school or the workplace.

Physics at Illinois Tech

Hands-On »

Physics undergraduates at IIT get the opportunity to work on major research right from the start, including at nearby Argonne and Fermilab national laboratories. More »

Small Department »

A small department and small classes lead to easy access to professors, allowing for research opportunities, letters of recommendation, and connections in the field. More »

Physics Pathways »

When you finish the physics program, you’ll find that many different graduate school and professional options await. More »

Next Steps »

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  • The IIT Society of Physics Students (SPS) team won first place in accuracy at Illinois Tech’s fall 2015 Pumpkin Launch.
    The IIT Society of Physics Students (SPS) team won first place in accuracy at Illinois Tech’s fall 2015 Pumpkin Launch.
  • IIT Society of Physics students, as well as students in the Observational Astrophysics class taught by physics professors Jeff Terry and Sally Laurent-Muehleisen, learned to use a Takahashi TOA-130 refracting telescope and EM-200 German Equatorial mount. They observed a lunar eclipse using this telescope and mount.
    IIT Society of Physics students, as well as students in the Observational Astrophysics class taught by physics professors Jeff Terry and Sally Laurent-Muehleisen, learned to use a Takahashi TOA-130 refracting telescope and EM-200 German Equatorial mount. They observed a lunar eclipse using this telescope and mount.
  • Physics 100 students tour Fermilab near Batavia, Ill., about 40 miles west of Illinois Tech.
    Physics 100 students tour Fermilab near Batavia, Ill., about 40 miles west of Illinois Tech.
  • Andy Howard works with Maimuna Vezant, then a senior at Bolingbrook High School and now an Illinois Tech humanities student, in the lab. Howard is an associate professor of biology and expert in macromolecular crystallography.
    Andy Howard works with Maimuna Vezant, then a senior at Bolingbrook High School and now an Illinois Tech humanities student, in the lab. Howard is an associate professor of biology and expert in macromolecular crystallography.