Course Descriptions and Requirements

Official course descriptions and requirements for the physics major are available in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Currently, we offer the following upper level physics courses:

  • Intermediate and Advanced Laboratory
  • Biological Physics
  • Computational Physics
  • Electronics
  • Analytical Mechanics
  • Statistical and Thermal Physics
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Optics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Senior Thesis and Independent Study options.

In addition, a digital electronics and computer hardware course is cross-listed with the computer science department.

Intermediate Laboratory, Advanced Laboratory, Modern Physics, and Computational Physics are taught every year.  In 2014-2015 academic year, we anticipate offering the remaining courses every other year. 

Prerequisites for dual-degree engineering programs of study at affiliated schools are listed here.  All dual-degree programs require that the student complete the general education requirements of Augustana College, with the one exception being that Capstone (Area 4.3) is waived. A major must also be completed at Augustana, but it is common for many departments to allow one or more courses to be transferred back from the engineering school in order to complete major requirements.

With careful, personalized academic advising, these courses can be configured to provide the student with strong pre-engineering coursework, a rigorous preparation for graduate study in physics or a related scientific discipline, teaching physics, or pre-professional training for a diverse range of careers in such fields as medicine, finance, journalism, or law.  Our alumni are constantly coming up with new ways of using their physics education.