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Physics, Engineering

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What is Physics, Engineering?

This major involves the study, measurement, and manipulation of the fundamental interactions of matter, energy, space, and time to solve scientific mysteries and reveal the workings of nature. Physics has produced the science behind many technologies, including superconducting magnets for MRI machines, cell phones, supermarket scanners, particle accelerators, and fiber-optic communications. Engineering Physics may be for you if you have a passion for knowledge and want 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

90% employed or continuing education

45% employed after graduation

45% attending graduate school

$67,160 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Epic Systems, Boeing, Intel

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

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

30 - 34 ACT Score

1400 - 1520 SAT Score

3.58 - 3.95 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,040
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $36,394

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $34,182
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $53,876

International

  • Tuition: $39,400
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $59,094
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