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Introduction 

The bachelor of science degree program allows students to pursue careers in teaching, research, and development, or to go on for further graduate study. All instruction is provided by full-time faculty in small classes, affording many opportunities for close personal contact between students and instructors. All advanced undergraduate courses are given in the evening, allowing students to complete studies on either a full or part-time basis. Faculty members are actively engaged in research projects which offer exciting opportunities for student participation. Also, faculty members offer assistance to students pursuing projects on their own.

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Admission to the Program 

Freshmen:  19 composite ACT or 890 combined SAT or top 50% class rank.

Transfer:  Cumulative 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from all colleges and/or universities attended and be in good academic standing.

Degree Requirements 

Bachelor Degree Requirements

A minimum of 120 semester hours must be earned by every undergraduate student to be eligible to graduate from Northeastern.

Additional Requirements

1.  General Education Program:  All undergraduate students must complete the General Education Program requirements consisting of 39 semester hours in the following distribution areas:
Social/Behaviour Sciences (12 hours)
Natural Sciences (9 hours)
Mathematics (3 hours; grade of "C" or higher at college level)
Humanities (9 hours)
Fine Arts (6 hours)
2.  University Requirements:  English Composition I (grade of "C" or higher) and one Improving Human Relations course (consult the schedule of classes or catalog for listing of courses).
3.  Residency:  The last 30 consecutive credit hours must be taken at Northeastern, unless permission is received from the Office of Enrollment Services.

4.  Upper Division:  Students must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours at the 300 level and 18 semester hours at the 200 or 300 level.
5.  Academic Major and Minor:  Undergradute students must complete a major.  Some majors require a minor or set of cognate courses.  Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all courses counted toward the major, the minor, cognate and profressional sequences.  No "P" grades will count toward a major, moinior or approved area of study.  All grade point average requirements must be met for successful completeion of a program of study.
6.  Grade Point Average:  To be eligible to graduate, a student must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA (overall "C" average).  Some academic programs and departments have other specific grade requirements.  Check with your academic advisor.

Requirements are subject to change so please refer to the current catalog for up-to-date information.

Courses 

Required Core Courses
*PHYS 206              Physics with Calculus I..........................3 cr.
PHYS 203               Physics I Laboratory..............................1 cr.
*PHYS 207              Physics with Calculus II.........................3 cr.
PHYS 204               Physics II Laboratory.............................1 cr.
PHYS 215               Physics III...............................................4 cr.
PHYS 308               Introductory Mathematical Physics ..........3 cr.
PHYS 330               Intermediate Physics Lab .....................3 cr.

Any four of the following: .........................................12-13 cr.
PHYS 309               Fortran and Numerical
              Analysis for Scientists............................3 cr.
PHYS 311               Mechanics I............................................3 cr.
PHYS 321               Electricity and Magnetism I ..................3 cr.
PHYS 336               Modern Physics I...................................3 cr.
Physics   Elective 300-level................................3-4 cr.

Any two of the following:..................................................8 cr.
PHYS 331               Optics....................................................4 cr.
PHYS 332               Electronics.............................................4 cr.
PHYS 365               Microprocessor Electronics...................4 cr.
PHYS 367               Transducer and Special
               Purpose Electronics...............................4 cr.
PHYS 369               Instrumentation Electronics ..................4 cr.
                             TOTAL...............................38-39 cr.

Required Courses in a Related Field:
CHEM 211              General Chemistry I...............................5 cr.
CHEM 212              General Chemistry II..............................4 cr.
MATH 185               Pre-Calculus Mathematics ....................4 cr.
MATH 107               Calculus I...............................................4 cr.
MATH 202               Calculus II..............................................4 cr.
MATH 203               Calculus III.............................................4 cr.
MATH 301               Ordinary Differential Equations .............3 cr.
                             TOTAL....................................28 cr.

Students may also earn a minor in Physics
Required Courses:
PHYS 201               College Physics I or
PHYS 206               Physics with Calculus I..........................3 cr.
PHYS 202               College Physics II or
PHYS 207               Physics with Calculus II.........................3 cr.
PHYS 215               Physics III...............................................4 cr.
Nine credits in 300-level physics courses .......................9 cr.
                             TOTAL....................................19 cr.

*An equivalent course may be substituted.

Opportunities 

Facilities

 

Our department provides excellent resources for both theoretical and experimental undergraduate study and research. Students have access to a wide range of computers and computations resources including a BEOWULF parallel supercomputer. Our experimental facilities include laboratories for optics, electronics, material science, and condensed matter physics.

Careers & Employment 

Northeastern’s physics program offers its students a wide variety of opportunities for study and research. This has enabled our graduates to pursue successful careers in teaching, research and development as well as further graduate study. Our recent graduates have gone on to graduate study at prestigious Ph.D. granting institutions, to law school, and to other professional schools. Our graduates work at technological companies in the Chicago area, national laboratories, and many high school districts.

Program Contact Information 

Financial Aid

For Financial Aid Information, call (773_ 442-5160 or visit the web at http://www.neiu.edu/FinAid.htm.  Clock on Financial Aid & Scholarships. 
 
Northeastern's Federal School code is 001693.
 
For Foundation Scholarship information, contact Michelle Morrow at scholarships@neiu.edu or visit the web at http://www.neiu.edu.   Go to the Prospective Student tab and click on Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Admissions Counseling

Meet an Admission Counselor in the Admissions Counseling Office.  Prospective students are seen on a walk-in basis.  Admissions Counselors are availble:
 
Monday thru Thursday
9:00am to 6:30pm
 
Fridays
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
 
Admissions office:  (773) 442+4050
 
For further information, please call (773) 442-6111.

Other 

Student Organizations

 

The Physics Program sponsors chapters of the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma, the Physics Honor Society.

Arts and Sciences

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