The Department of Physics offers a program leading to a Bachelor of Science with three different emphases: professional physics, secondary school teaching, and applied physics. Illinois state teacher certification is available through the Secondary Science Teacher Certification Program.
NIU is smaller than most Ph.D. granting departments. This environment provides many opportunities for undergraduates to interact with faculty both in the classroom and through student research opportunities. The average class size for junior and senior courses is fewer than 15 students. Our students have the opportunity to participate in world class research with faculty active at Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab, both of which are located within an hour's drive of the NIU campus.
Details on research opportunities are described in the links to the right; we also give a few examples of recent student participation.