The Department of Physics at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale offers four separate undergraduate applied physics degree specializations in Physics. The Department has several major, federally funded research projects and actively encourages student participation in research of both graduate and undergraduate students. Both experimental and theoretical work is now being undertaken and opportunities abound for research assistantships. Such research, especially for students in our applied physics specializations, will provide opportunities for cutting-edge research experience which will aid students in future employment and graduate education opportunities.
BS degrees in physics provide excellent opportunities for high-paying jobs with very low unemployment rates. (See American Institute of Physics research.) The Department has faculty members working in various areas of experimental and theoretical Physics. The department hosts numerous outreach events each semester such as public astronomy observations, field trips and high school teacher education workshops.