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Physics

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & HEALTH

The physics program at Benedictine University has a reputation for excellence. It prepares students for success in future graduate work while also providing the practical skills necessary to enter the workforce in a variety of exciting career paths.

The student experience is enriched by a strong research element, and possibilities exist for external research collaborations with a variety of regional institutions. Our particularly high faculty-to-student ratio in the physics program ensures attentive personal guidance from a talented, scholarly faculty. Students also have hands-on access to modern, research-grade instruments and computer-based data acquisition. They can participate in faculty research projects as early as their freshman year and can engage in co-curricular professional-related science activities through our active chapter of the Society of Physics Students. Students are eligible to receive merit-based financial support from several endowed physics scholarships that are distributed annually.

Students in the Physics program have the opportunities to:

Make use of hands-on, discovery-based learning to provide foundations in statics, dynamics, optics, thermodynamics, nuclear physics, spectroscopy, electromagnetism and electronics.
Take on a variety of projects ranging from engineering physics to astrophysics to renewable energy applications.
Participate in investigative research projects and programs both on campus and at nearby regional facilities, including Argonne National Laboratory, Amoco Research Center and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab).

What Our Graduates Have Done With This Degree

Physics Alumni

Our alumni have gone on to successful careers at Mars Inc., The University of Chicago, Synata Bio, Plainfield Central High School, Revcor Inc., U.S. Marine Corps, Epic Systems and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. They have also enrolled in graduate school at Purdue University, Georgetown University, University of Miami, Wayne State University, Iowa State University (Ames Laboratory), Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Notre Dame, Northern Illinois University and more.

Legacy of Excellence

Our physics program has a 100-year legacy of excellence, with ties to Nobel prize-winning physicists at The University of Chicago, the Manhattan Project, NASA and the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. The program continues to build on this legacy today with its ties to Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab.

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Learning Laboratories

Our state-of-the-art physics laboratories make use of hands-on, discovery-based learning to provide foundations in statics, dynamics, optics, thermodynamics, nuclear physics, spectroscopy, electromagnetism, and electronics. This strong foundation prepares students for careers in a variety of exciting fields.

Strength in Research

Students have the opportunity to take on a variety of projects ranging from engineering physics to astrophysics to renewable energy applications. Our program faculty members are true scholars who regularly publish in prestigious scientific journals.

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Society of Physics Students

The Benedictine chapter of the Society of Physics Students conducts a multifaceted program to stimulate interest in science and engineering. Students also have the opportunity to attend lectures and presentations at nearby universities and research facilities.

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