About the Department

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Physics. Here you will learn from high-quality, student-focused faculty who have earned national and international recognition for their teaching and research. Seven of our 20 full-time faculty members have joint appointments with Fermilab or Argonne National laboratories.

Since NIU is located near Fermilab and Argonne, most faculty and a large number of undergraduate and graduate students are involved in research at these two national laboratories. Our faculty also have research programs affiliated with CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. We have active research programs in many areas — including condensed matter physics, particle-beam physics and particle accelerators technology and high-energy physics — nearly all of which involve our students. We are home to the Northern Illinois Center for Accelerator and Detector Development (NICADD), which provides research and development opportunities nationally and internationally as well as graduate fellowships.

Vishnu Zutshi
Department Chair

Contact Us

Department of Physics
La Tourette Hall, Room 202