What is Physics?

In this major, you’ll delve into a branch of fundamental science that forms the foundation of all natural sciences and focuses on nature and properties of energy and matter. Through your coursework and hands-on learning opportunities, you’ll gain a deep conceptual and mathematical understanding of the world around us. When you apply to Illinois, you can choose to apply to either Physics or Physics BSLA. Our Physics BSLA major provides a solid training in physics but also allows space for electives and therefore more flexibility to pursue other interests, resulting in a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences. Our Physics major includes a specialized curriculum rich in fundamental physics, mathematics, and laboratory technique, with a heavy concentration of physics courses. This program is meant to prepare students for graduate study in Physics or a similar field as well as those who desire to work in the industry and will earn you a Bachelor of Science in Physics. A Secondary Education option is also available for the teaching of Physics in high schools.

Career Options

  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Medicine
  • Physics
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Technology

Post-Graduation Success1

86% employed or continuing education

38% employed after graduation

48% attending graduate school

$60,252 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Epic Systems, Generac Power Systems, City Of Urbana, Illinois

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Washington - Seattle, University of Rochester

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

30 - 34 ACT Score

1390 - 1510 SAT Score

3.46 - 3.90 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

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


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


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