Physics, Engineering

Grainger College of Engineering


What is Physics, Engineering?

In this major, you'll study, measure, and manipulate the fundamental interactions of matter, energy, space, and time. This will give you the tools to solve scientific mysteries and reveal the workings of nature. Physics has produced the science behind many technologies. Some of these technologies include superconducting magnets for MRI machines, cell phones, supermarket scanners, particle accelerators, and fiber-optic communications. If you have a passion for knowledge, Engineering Physics may be for you. Our program will give you the keys to a wide range of challenging and fulfilling careers.

Career Options

  • Astronomy
  • Atmospheric sciences
  • Complex systems modeling
  • Geophysics
  • Laser technology
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Particle accelerator technology

Post-Graduation Success1

89% employed or continuing education

44% employed after graduation

45% attending graduate school

$68,289 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Epic Systems, Fannie Mae, Intel View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Stanford University, University of California, San Diego View All

Graduation & Retention2

3.9 years to degree

93% freshman retention rate

69% four-year graduation rate

86% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,348
  • Fees: $4,612
  • Expenses3: $16,194
  • Total: $38,154


  • Tuition: $34,798
  • Fees: $4,612
  • Expenses3: $16,534
  • Total: $55,944


  • Tuition: $40,146
  • Fees: $4,612
  • Expenses3: $16,534
  • Total: $61,292