Physics Department

The Physics Department at Gustavus Adolphus College offers a comprehensive undergraduate major that is directed toward preparing students for graduate and professional degree work in physics, engineering, law, medicine, and a variety of related fields as well as preparing students for a multitude of direct employment opportunities.

Features of Our Program

  • Excellent preparation for graduate school in physics, engineering, teaching, medical school, law, and for employment in other fields.
  • Nationally recognized producer of physics majors
  • Nationally recognized origin of physics Ph.Ds
  • Close interaction with faculty
  • Individualized advising
  • Opportunities for on-campus research
  • Active student organization
  • 3-2 engineering dual-degree offered

Courses Offered

We offer courses leading to a major, minor, or for general education in all fields. The courses range from introductory to advanced and include courses with theoretical, experimental, and experiential aspects. The academic catalog is available for complete information about requirements for the physics major and minors, and lists course descriptions. The Major Advising Guide has possible course schedules and other information relating to student interests.

Faculty And Staff

Faculty and Staff

Name Title Phone Web
Thomas Huber Professor 507-933-7036 web
Steve Mellema ’72 Professor 507-933-7306 web
Charles Niederriter Professor 507-933-7315 web
Paul Saulnier Professor 507-933-6123 web
Jessie Petricka Associate Professor 507-933-7314 web
Darsa Donelan Continuing Assistant Professor 507-933-6130 and 941-685-0058
Dan Young Visiting Assistant Professor 507-933-7311
Laura Boomgaarden ’93 Administrative Assistant 507-933-7308
Richard Fuller Professor Emeritus
Dennis Henry Professor Emeritus web