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Welcome to the Physics Department at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville!  In Physics we seek to explain how the world works, studying the basic "building blocks" of the universe and the laws which govern their interactions.  Physics encompasses not only everyday phenomena such as forces, gravity, electricity, magnetism, heat, and light, but also more "exotic" topics ranging from the structure of the atom to the motions of the planets to the history of the universe.

The SIUE Physics Department offers a full spectrum of courses ranging from courses suitable for non-science majors through upper-level physics courses.  The Department offers an undergraduate (B.S.) degree program, a minor program, and a wide range of courses of general interest for all students.  Class sizes are small and students have ample opportunity to interact with the faculty and engage in research projects.  Research is being actively carried out in various fields of physics, including in particular Optics and Photonics, Computational and Condensed-Matter Physics, and Physics and Astronomy Education.  The Department also conducts public astronomical viewing sessions and engages in other outreach activities for the community.



SIUE Physics Department News


Girl Scout Troup Earns Space Bag with SIUE Physics Help

Girl Scout Troop  227 is aided by Dr. Ackad from the SIUE Physics department to earn the space badge. Full Story

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Khoi Minh Pham Honored as SIUE Student Employee of the Year

Physics teaching assistant honored for his outstanding service to the university through the Physics Department. Full Story.

(L-R) Abdullatif Hamad, PhD, chair of the Department of Physics, senior Khoi Minh Pham, and Chancellor James T. Minor, PhD. 


Astronomical Viewings resume

Astronomical viewing guided by Dr. Foster will resume Feb 1. See here for more details.


Dr. Sabby Helps Expand STEM Education in Department of Defense Grant

Dr. Sabby is the SIUE PI of a multi-institutional Department of Defense grant to expand STEM education, outreach, and workforce initiatives. Read more here.


Physics Department and STEM center team up for Elementary School Solar Activity


The Physics Department and STEM center held an outreach activity for Nelson Elementary second graders. The students learned about solar system proportions and had a chance to observe the sun using a solarscope and filtered telescope. The lesson was led by Dr. Ackad.




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Contacting the Physics Department

Address:   Department of Physics, Box 1654
Southern Illinois University
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1654
Office:   Room SE-0360
This is in the office wing of the basement of the Science East building.
Phone:   618-650-2472

Physics web site maintained by Edward Ackad ( and Roger Hill (
Home page revised 2022 Dec 15
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