Facilities & Research
The Physics Department at Gustavus Adolphus College is located in the Olin Hall of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science. Physics occupies approximately one-half of this 60,000 square-foot state-of-the-art building.
The physics areas in Olin Hall were designed to meet the needs of the physics faculty and students, with separate laboratory space being provided for each course in the introductory sequence as well as upper level laboratory courses.
Additionally, research space is provided for each faculty member's student-centered research program. A distinctive feature of the facility is the incorporation of student office space for sophomore, junior, and senior physics majors. These offices play a central role in fostering a sense of common identity and camaraderie among our students. It is common to see collaborative learning taking place at all hours of the day or night. Students in the physics program at Gustavus have a clear sense of identity and community usually found only in graduate or professional schools.
The facilities available to the physics majors also include an extensive inventory of modern equipment that is continually being expanded, often with the support of external grants. Beginning at the introductory level, the laboratories are equipped with a variety of computer-controlled data acquisition instruments that enhance and speed up data collection, allowing the student greater freedom to explore the physical phenomena being studied.
Faculty-Student research opportunities are an integral part of the physics program at Gustavus Adolphus College.