2023-2024 CATALOG

The Academic Catalog is the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies and degree requirements for Loyola University Chicago. It is published every year in advance of the next academic year.


About Us

Located on the beautiful, Lakeshore campus of Loyola Univeristy Chicago in Cudahy Science Hall, the Department of Physics prepares students for future STEM careers. Students in the Department of Physics will learn the principles of physics, contribute to new physical knowledge and seek to foster scientific integrity. These goals are consistent with the mission of Loyola University Chicago: searching for truth and living for others. The Department strives to create a welcoming environment for its students that encourages student success and supports their well being as they work toward their career goals at Loyola. The Department and the Physics Club hold several social events each year to build community among the Loyola physics students and faculty.

We offer several undergraduate degree plans with BS degree programs in Physics, Biophysics, Theoretical Physics/Applied Mathematics and Physics/Computer Science. We also offer a special dual degree in physics and engineering, wherein students receive a BS in Physics from Loyola and a bachelor of engineering degree from an affiliated school. In collaboration with the School of Education, the department also offers a BS/MEd degree that prepares students to teach in high schools. In addition, the department serves a large number of students seeking to satisfy ancillary requirements for other majors, core curriculum requirements, as well as pre-health-professional requirements for medical, dental, and pharmacy schools.

The Department has several areas of active physics research, including astroparticle physics, computational physics, cosmology, biophysics, fluid dynamics, optics, and quantum mechanics. Students have the opportunity to explore these different areas of physics research with faculty and are encouraged to participate in projects. Students often present their research at local and national conferences, and they can receive fellowships from LUC to support their research.

You can read more about the undergraduate experience offered by the Physics Department here. Please explore the website or contact the department chair for more information about our department.

Loyola Physics Department
300 Cudahy Science Hall
1032 W. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, Illinois 60660
Phone: 773.508.3533
Fax: 773.508.3534

Physics in the Science Core

The Physics Department offers several courses for non-science majors seeking to satisfy natural science core curriculum requirements: PHYS 101 Liberal Arts Physics, PHYS 102 Planetary and Stellar Astronomy, and PHYS 106 Physics of Music. These courses emphasize an appreciation of the basic laws, overall structure, and beauty of the physical universe. In addition, as part of the natural science core, these courses discuss the scientific method, and stress the importance of methodological competence as well as ethics in forming critical judgments on technically oriented societal issues. More information on Loyola's Core Curriculum can be found here.