Physics majors study a range of physics topics — including thermodynamics, mechanics, astrophysics, electricity and magnetism, and quantum physics — with much flexibility, depending on interests.
The engineering physics major is designed for students interested in the applied side of physics or the 3-2 program.
Many physics graduates pursue technology careers, while others enter graduate programs in physics, engineering or education. Engineering physics majors can take advantage of the college's coordinated-degree program, through which a student can earn both a bachelor of arts from Augustana and a bachelor of science in engineering from an engineering school. Currently, Augustana has agreements with Washington University and Northern Illinois University. Other popular choices include the universities of Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota, Iowa State, Michigan State and Purdue University.
A sampling of recent graduates
Mark Hoffmann '14 is vice president of analytics and co-founder at 38th Street Studios in East Lansing, Mich., a software company.
Peter Draznick '14 is a co-founder of 38th Street Studios.
Abdul Rahman Merhi '15 is a graduate teaching assistant at Iowa State University.
Steven Ash '11 is the co-Owner of Exclusive Saver in Moline, Ill.
Amelia Wietting '09 is an IT Analyst IV at John Deere in Moline, Ill.
Gabriel Caceres '08 is a graduate research fellow in the department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Penn State. He received a Ph.D. there in 2016.