College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Physics?

Physics focuses on nature and properties of energy and matter. This branch of science forms the foundation of all natural sciences. Students in this major gain a deep conceptual and mathematical understanding of the world around us through their coursework and hands-on learning opportunities. When you apply to Illinois, you can choose to apply to either Physics or Physics BSLAS. Our Physics BSLAS major provides a solid training in physics but also allows space for electives. This gives students more flexibility to pursue other interests. Because of this, Physics BSLAS will earn you a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences. Our Physics major has a heavy concentration of physics courses. This program has a specialized curriculum rich in fundamental physics, mathematics, and laboratory technique. Our Physics major is meant to prepare students for graduate study in Physics or a similar field. It is also a good fit for those who desire to work in the industry. Physics 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

87% employed or continuing education

34% employed after graduation

53% attending graduate school

$57,689 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Epic Systems, Evanston Township High School, Generac Power Systems View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Stanford University, Stony Brook University View All

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

94% freshman retention rate

74% 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