University of Chicago


University of Chicago
In Chicago (USA)

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Chicago (USA)
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Chicago (USA)

Twenty-nine Nobel Prize–winning physicists have studied, researched, or taught at Chicago, beginning with Albert Michelson, whose measurements of the speed of light earned him the Nobel in 1907. The current faculty is ranked in the top 7 of 147 physics faculties reviewed by the National Research Council. Chicago contributions to the field include the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear reaction; the theory of white dwarves, neutron stars, and black holes; and discovery of the top quark. The program emphasizes laboratory experimentation and covers the fundamentals necessary for graduate study or careers in theoretical physics, experimental physics, astronomy and astrophysics, some fields of engineering, and interdisciplinary specialties such as biophysics, medical physics, and atmospheric and environmental sciences. Research opportunities at the James Franck Institute, Enrico Fermi Institute, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FermiLab), Argonne National Laboratory, and Chicago Materials Research Centerare numerous.
Students who are majoring in other fields of study may also complete a minor in Physics.

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5801 South Ellis Avenue, 60637


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What you'll learn on the course

GCSE Physics
Medical training
Fluid Dynamics

Course programme

Mechanics; Electricity and Magnetism
Honors Mechanics    and Honors Electricity and Magnetism *
Calculus I-II *
Honors Calculus I-II
Waves, Optics, and Heat
Honors Waves, Optics, and Heat *
Calculus III *
Honors Calculus III
Introduction to Mathematical Methods in Physics
Mathematical Methods in Physics
Analysis in Rn III
Honors Analysis in Rn III
Modern Physics
Intermediate Mechanics
Quantum Mechanics I-II
Experimental Physics I-II-III
Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I-II
Statistical and Thermal Physics
Credit may be granted by examination.
The Physics of Stars †
Physics of Galaxies †
The Physics of Galaxies and the Universe
Cosmological Physics †
Radiation Processes in Astrophysics †
Astrophysics of Exoplanets
Introduction to Medical Physics and Medical Imaging
Chemical Kinetics and Dynamics
Computational Chemistry and Biology
Scientific Visualization
Introduction to Scientific Computing
Introduction to Numerical Partial Differential Equations
Physics of the Earth
Climate Foundations
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics: Foundations
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics: Rotation and Stratification
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics: Understanding the Motions of the Atmosphere and Oceans
Markov Chains, Martingales, and Brownian Motion
Point-Set Topology
Basic Complex Variables
Basic Functional Analysis
Basic Theory of Ordinary Differential Equations
Introduction to Differentiable Manifolds and Integration on Manifolds
Basic Theory of Partial Differential Equations
Introduction to Applications of Quantum Mechanical Methods to Materials Design
Foundations of Quantum Optics
Quantum Computation
Engineering Electrodynamics
Transport Phenomena I: Forces and Flows
Transport Phenomena II
Statistical Models and Methods
Statistical Theory and Methods I
Statistical Theory and Methods Ia
Statistical Theory and Methods II
Statistical Theory and Methods IIa
Cannot be counted toward electives if used to satisfy requirements for the specialization in astrophysics.
Waves, Optics, and Heat
Honors Waves, Optics, and Heat
Calculus III
Honors Calculus III
Introduction to Mathematical Methods in Physics
Modern Physics
Intermediate Mechanics
Mathematical Methods in Physics
Quantum Mechanics I
Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I
Quantum Mechanics II

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