• Physics student researching light.

    Experience hands-on science

    Luther Physics students get hands-on experience with a variety of experimental equipment.

  • Valders

    Enjoy renovated facilities

    Valders Hall of Science houses the Physics Department and was renovated in 2009.

  • Panorama of the tribology lab.

    Make new discoveries

    Opportunities for student research are a priority in the Luther Physics department.

  • Open Star Cluster M37

    Reach for the stars

    Students interested in astrophysics study the stars like those in Open Star Cluster M37.

  • Standing wave pattern

    Explore and discover

    This standing waves demo is one of many in the Rossing Physics Library and Exploration Center.

  • Prof. Erin Flater and students in the J-term 2014 course "Statics"

    Discover your vocation

    Students in the Physics 238: Statics course learned engineering principles during J-term 2014.

  • Light curve of eclipsing binary entering and exiting eclipse.

    Develop analytical reasoning skills

    This light curve indicates that Star 1267 is actually a pair of stars that orbit each other.

Physics

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.

What are Luther physics grads doing?

Astronomy at Luther