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Physics is the science of how things work. Physicists study everything from subatomic particles, to the properties of materials used to construct electronic devices, to the laws that govern the universe on the largest scales. These endeavors require a combination of ‘hands on’ experiments, theory based on mathematical laws and models, and computation often used to bring the theory and experiment together. The boundaries between disciplines such and chemistry, physics and biology are inherently fuzzy and interdisciplinary fields such as biophysics, geophysics and chemical physics are at the forefront of much of today’s research.
The Department of Physics offers Bachelor of Science degrees in physics, pre-engineering, pre-health physics and liberal arts physics. Scholarships are available to Physics students based on their academic achievement and/or financial need. For a complete list of Physics scholarships click here. Learn more about our programs of study »
Our faculty are active in different areas of Theoretical and Experimental Physics. In addition to course work, students are encouraged to get involved in research with the faculty. Learn more about our undergraduate research opportunities »
String theory is widely believed to be the best candidate for a unified theory of all the four fundamental forces in nature. Recently, Dr. Biswas along with his collaborator, Dr. Okada, from University of Alabama investigated whether a particular "stringy" feature, "nonlocality", can be detected at the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) run that is currently underway. LHC is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator consisting of a 27-kilometre ring of superconducting magnets with a number of accelerating structures to boost the energy of the particles along the way.
Loyola Physics students, Richard Bustos, Riley Mayes and Thomas Slack, recently participated and presented in the annual April Meeting organized by the American Physical Society (APS), the umbrella physics organization in the country. Both Riley Mayes and Thomas Slack were selected to present talks in the research panels along with world renowned physicists across the globe, a rare achievement for undergraduate students. Richard Bustos made a poster presentation.