Engineering Physics

Engineering Physics studies, measures, and manipulates 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 of today’s technologies, including:

  • Superconducting magnets for MRI machines
  • Cell phones
  • Supermarket scanners
  • Particle accelerators
  • Lasers for CD players
  • Fiber optic communications

Physicists expand our understanding of the universe—from the cosmos to the nanoscale, from metals to biomolecules.

Sample Careers

  • Nuclear medicine
  • Complex systems modeling
  • Laser technology
  • Astronomy
  • Geophysics
  • Atmospheric sciences
  • Particle accelerator technology

Sample Courses

  • PHYS 212: Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHYS 213: Thermal Physics
  • PHYS 325: Mechanics and Relativity
  • PHYS 435: Electromagnetic Fields
  • PHYS 486: Quantum Physics


We’ve collected stories below from some women alumni and students in Engineering Physics. Read them to learn how these engineers apply their Illinois Engineering education in their community and around the world.

Alumna stories:

Elaine Ackles Chandler

Judy Franz

Nadya Mason

Student stories:

Jacquelyn Schmidt