Physics seeks to understand the very basic concepts of force, energy, mass and charge. It is a broad and deep subject split into theoretical and experimental branches.

Theoretical physics deals with the inquiry and formulation of new theories while experimental physics tests and analyzes these or previously existing theories.

Physics relies extensively on sophisticated mathematics to provide its framework of study. A degree in physics can lead to careers from engineering to space research. Nuclear power, lasers and solid-state electronics are examples of technological advances that have come about through the study of physics.  

For more information about the Physics program, please contact Department Chair Joy Branlund at 618-235-2700, ext. 7451, or

Educational Program

Refer to the suggested curriculum and the graduation requirements as a guide for completing this program.

Career Opportunities

A variety of careers are open to students who graduate with a bachelor's degree in Physics/Astronomy, including:

  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Atomic Physicist
  • Medical Physicist
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Geologist
  • Architect
  • Audio Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Teacher