The physics department focuses on undergraduate physics education. Courses are offered at all levels for physics majors, science majors in other disciplines, and non-science majors. The mission of this department is twofold: to open students' minds to the power, beauty, and utility of the physical sciences; and to help students hone their quantitative skills and problem-solving abilities. These attributes are important for many areas of endeavor and can lead to graduate study, a wide variety of careers, and professional programs. In addition to graduate programs in physics, our students have entered into many professions: health, including medicine, dentistry and pharmacy; engineering, including electrical and mechanical; law; computer science; mathematics; astronomy; meteorology; biophysics; business; military; education; and other fields.
Students are encouraged to explore scientific research and employment opportunities throughout the summer and academic year. The Hauber Fellowship provides stipends and discounted housing to students who wish to pursue summer research at Loyola. This award is available to first-year, sophomore, and junior students. Members of the Loyola faculty have research programs in biophysics, laser spectroscopy, surface physics, computational physics, nuclear physics, solar physics, and the history and philosophy of science. Additionally, there are summer research programs offered at many institutions throughout the United States.