BA in Physics

General

Program Description

The physics department is dedicated to the highest standards of teaching and research. Our program reflects a commitment to rigorous scientific and technical instruction grounded in the wider context of the liberal arts tradition.

As a physics student, you’ll have research opportunities throughout your undergraduate experience at Concordia. In fact, the physics curriculum ensures that you will do research alongside faculty. Some research opportunities include planetary science, geomagnetism, experimental nuclear physics, atomic and molecular physics, mathematical physics and laser spectroscopy.

Making Better Connections

Concordia utilizes a new learning concept called studio physics, where students experience a seamless integration between lecture and lab. Faculty members briefly lecture at the start of the class period, and then students work in groups of three or four, either to solve problems or do experiments that are integrated with the lecture.

Cocurricular Blend

One physics major dreams of using his love of music and science to become an acoustical engineer and design concert halls. Cocurricular opportunities at Concordia mean students can combine excellent academic preparation with a love of playing in band or orchestra or singing in a choir.

Rocket Science

Do research alongside a NASA scientist who is part of the Mars exploration team. Use the innovative technology of the department’s Van de Graaf microparticle accelerator used to simulate the physical processes caused by impacts of interplanetary dust particles on spacecraft. It is one of only four such accelerators in the world.

Programs of Study

The physics department has a program to fit your skills and ambitions in experimental nuclear physics, planetary physics, asteroid dynamics, mathematical physics, laser spectroscopy, theoretical nuclear astrophysics and high altitude balloon studies.

Physics | Major or minor

The professional physics track will emphasize business and industry, government and graduate school.

Physics Education | Major

This major will prepare you to teach physics to students in grades 9-12.

Dual Degree

With the pre-engineering program, you can earn a Bachelor of Arts in applied science from Concordia, and then a Bachelor of Science in a specific field of engineering from the University of Minnesota – all in just five years.

After Concordia

Graduates of Concordia's physics department work for companies such as Microsoft, 3M and Sanford Health. Our physics students have pursued graduate work in robotics, art preservation, medical physics and urban planning, and have attended medical school.

Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

We are a private, coed, four-year liberal arts college. We're a community of more than 2,100 students who come from 36 states and 29 countries and represent 38 religions and denominations. We employ 1 ... Read More

We are a private, coed, four-year liberal arts college. We're a community of more than 2,100 students who come from 36 states and 29 countries and represent 38 religions and denominations. We employ 175 full-time faculty including NASA and NSF scientists, award-winning composers and writers, and national experts in a wide range of fields. Read less