Departmental Program

Students who major in physics take the four courses in the Introductory Sequence to get an overview of the many topics and fields within physics. Physics majors then will take upper division courses including two semesters of Advanced Lab and at least two out of three of Phys 361 (Classical Mechanics), Phys 364 (Electricity and Magnetism), and Phys 411 (Quantum Mechanics).

Many of our majors in physics will graduate from Luther and enter graduate programs in engineering. Many of those students might instead major in Engineering Science.

See the Requirements page for details.

Introductory Sequence

  • Phys/Engr 150: Introduction to Physics and Engineering
  • Phys 201: Foundations of Physics I (Mechanics)
  • Phys 202: Foundations of Physics II (Classical Thermal Physics, Electrostatics, Magnetism, Optics)
  • Phys 203: Foundations of Physics III (Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Atomic and Molecular Physics)

Engineering and Engineering-Related Courses

  • Engr 251: Statics
  • Engr 351: Mechanics of Materials
  • Engr 353: Fluid Mechanics
  • Phys 359: Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics

Upper Division Courses

  • Phys 311: Electronics
  • Phys 312: Projects in Physics and Engineering
  • Phys 354: Astrophysics
  • Phys 359: Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
  • Phys 361: Classical Mechanics
  • Phys 364: Electricity and Magnetism
  • Phys 411: Quantum Mechanics

Advanced Special Topics

  • Phys 369: Numerical Physics
  • Phys 401: Nuclear and Particle Physics

General Courses of Interest

  • Phys 114: Physics in the Arts
  • Sci 111: Physical Science
  • Sci 112: Energy and the Physical World
  • Sci 121: Introduction to Astronomy

Note that courses are taught once a year, once every other year, or on a more intermittent schedule. Note that while the frequency that a course is taught can change at any time, below is the typical scheduling of physics courses at Luther.

Courses typically offered once a year:

  • Sci 111 (currently taught by Chemistry department faculty)
  • Phys 150 (Fall), Phys 201 (Spr), Phys 202 (Fall), Phys 203 (Spring)
  • Phys 311 (Fall), Phys 312 (Spr)

Courses typically offered every other year include: Phys 114 (Spr), Engr 251 (Spring), Engr 351 (Fall), Phys 361 (Spr), Phys 364 (Spr), Phys 411 (Fall).

Courses offered on a more intermittent schedule: Sci 112, Sci 121 (Fall), Phys 354, Phys 359, Phys 369, Phys 401.

Class Schedule by Semester

Fall 2022January 2023Spring 2023Fall 2023January 2024Spring 2024
Phys 151 (General Physics I)Phys 185 (Development of Atomic Power and Weapons)Phys 152 (General Physics II)Phys 151 (General Physics I)Phys 139 (Intro to Numerical Problem Solving)Phys 152 (General Physics II)
Phys 181 (Classical Physics I)Phys 182 (Classical Physics II)Phys 181 (Classical Physics I)Phys 182 (Classical Physics II)
Phys 281 (Modern Physics I)Phys 282 (Modern Physics II)Phys 281 (Modern Physics I)Phys 282 (Modern Physics II)
Phys 411 (Quantum Mechanics)Phys 364 (Electricity and Magnetism)Phys 311 (Electronics)Phys 312 (Project Design and Implementation)
Phys 359 (Thermodynamics and Stat Mech)Phys 361 (Classical Mechanics)