Computer Science and Physics

Grainger College of Engineering


What is Computer Science and Physics?

Physics is the study of nature that focuses on the properties of matter, energy, space, and time. Computer science is the study of the theory, design, and applications of digital computers. Our CS + Physics degree blends the two subjects and teaches you the skills to model physical (and other) systems computationally. 

You'll be able to understand new technologies such as quantum computing. You'll also learn how to construct software that predicts how the physical world behaves. If you have an interest in physics and want to develop your computer skills, this major may be for you!

Career Options

  • Physics
  • Engineering
  • Data analysis
  • Software development
  • Finance

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Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong math and science coursework and performance
  • Calculus preferred and physics expected (if available at high school)
  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal communication skills
  • Interest in improving society through engineering
  • Interest in Physics in addition to Computer Science
  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the engineering major selected

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Transfer Criteria

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Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,976
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $41,126


  • Tuition: $39,736
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $63,226


  • Tuition: $42,868
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $66,358