The St. Olaf Physics Department offers a strong, flexible major and a specialized concentration in engineering. Both programs provide excellent undergraduate research opportunities and applied projects. We are a lively department with a sense of community among students, faculty, and staff.

The faculty have a passion for connecting physics to many other areas of science and technology and for pondering the fundamentals of matter and energy responsible for an enormous variety of phenomena in nature. Training in physics includes mathematics, computer programming, and quantitative reasoning—opening doors to a wide range of career opportunities.

Are you curious about what it is like to be a physics major at St. Olaf and have questions about what the first couple of years will be like? Talk to a Physics Ambassador! They are a group of students that are here to answer your questions and help share the joy of science and physics! Drop them a line!

We graduate an average of 22 physics majors each year. Please check out our Physics Phun Photos, the stories and videos below, and the links in the dropdown menu above to find out more!