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). See the Requirements page for details.
A list of regularly-offered physics courses is given below.
Upper Division Courses
Advanced Special Topics
General Courses of Interest
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 181 (Fall), Phys 182 (Spr), Phys 281 (Fall), Phys 282 (Spring)
Phys 311 (Fall), Phys 312 (Spr), Phys 411 (Fall, although not to be offered 2014-2015)
Courses typically offered every other year:
Sci 112 (Fall), Phys 114 (Spr), Phys 361 (Spr), Phys 364 (Spr)
Courses offered on a more intermittent schedule:
Sci 121 (Fall), Phys 238, Phys 352, Phys 354, Phys 359, Phys 369, Phys 401
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