Why study physics?

Students who study physics will join in the academic and research experiences needed to pursue graduate degrees, engineering and a variety of careers.

  • The department values students’ intellectual growth and service surrounding this branch of science, which deals with matter, energy and the ways they interact.
  • Physics students immerse themselves in forefront research and rigorous coursework with professors in small settings.
  • Physics at Augustana provides expert scientific and technical instruction as well as undergraduate research opportunities.
Physics at AU

Physics at AU

Course Descriptions

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Physics at AU


Physics majors become astronauts, research scientists, engineers, applied mathematicians, environmental safety officers and software developers.

Outside of science and engineering, physicists secure careers in medicine, law, finance, journalism, education and public policy.

Hands-On Learning

Internship opportunities include:

  • POET
  • Mayo Clinic

The active research groups are particle, nuclear and atomic, molecular and optical physics.
Research is done at the university and across the country at J.R.M. Lab at Kansas State University, Fermilab in Chicago, Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in the Black Hills, Gran Sasso Laboratory (Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso) and the Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Physics students research and study away in:

  • The United Kingdom — focusing on physics and math
  • Budapest — for a semester
  • Italy and South Dakota — researching astroparticle physics, dark matter and neutrinos
  • Kansas — researching atomic, molecular and optical physics with lasers
  • Upton, New York — researching high energy nuclear physics

Courses & Organizations

Upper-level physics courses include:

  • Biological Physics
  • Computational Physics
  • Analytical Mechanics
  • Statistical and Thermal Physics
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Quantum Mechanics

Physics students often participate in:

  • Women in STEM
  • Society of Physics Students