The student majoring in physics will gain a solid background in our current understanding of the physical universe. Learning how that understanding evolves through the interplay of theory and experiment is equally important.
At Luther, programs are available with concentrations in basic and applied physics, space and astrophysics, geophysics, biophysics, energy resources, and environmental science. Many Luther students use a major in physics as a springboard for a career in engineering. Some students take advantage of Luther's dual-degree engineering programs with Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Minnesota. Other physics majors pursue engineering graduate studies or prepare for careers in computer science, education, business, and/or technical writing.
Students are encouraged to participate in collaborative research with members of the physics faculty. The department maintains a computer-based instructional laboratory, a planetarium, and an astronomical observing facility for use with classes. Research facilities include computer labs for theoretical research, modern experimental labs, and astronomical observatories both on and off campus.