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.
Featured Students and Faculty
Joseph Hendrickson '17
Physics Major; Mathematics Minor
In the majority of my classes, the professors bring energy. I can sense that my professors have a passion for teaching and it allows me to become more engaged in my studies. Their energy is contagious! Professors and coaches alike are accepting and encouraging of my involvement in different activities. I am able to be active in music, athletics, and a keep a physics major. They all understand the importance of being well rounded.
Dr. Thelma Berquó
“I think any student at Concordia can do really high-level work.”
Levi DeVries '09
Assistant Professor at United States Naval Academy
Physics and Mathematics Major
Concordia fosters an environment that develops a good work ethic and stresses attention to detail. Though challenging, the classwork in physics and mathematics gave me a solid foundation for my research in aerospace engineering. Concordia faculty are encouraging and inspiring, and they go above and beyond to ensure students’ success.
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.
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.
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.