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Physics minor coursework covers basic principles and scientific techniques of physics. It includes advanced instruction in atmospheric physics, thermodynamics, classical mechanics, and modern physics.

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Humanity & Nature Studies

This major mixes the liberal arts with the environmental crunchiness that so many students want. With humanity and nature studies, you can craft your major from a menu of courses—from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to create a major that matches your interests. Your studies combine the cultural with the natural to shape…  Read More

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Climate Science

You’ll have the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty using computer models to simulate and understand the relationship between the land (including Lake Superior, Penokee Mountains, and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest) and local weather.

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17 Ways We’re Tackling Climate Change

Leading a Food Revolution in Higher Ed The world’s food system is responsible for about one-quarter of the planet-warming greenhouse gases that humans generate each year—the clearing of forests, animal manure, and fossil fuels for fertilizer and shipping food around the globe. The Hulings Rice Food Center is creating a climate-sensitive food systems model with field-to-campus dining…

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7 Weather Watchers

Meterological Careers

The dramatic shifts in weather in northern Wisconsin and around Lake Superior have inspired more than one career at Northland College. Wayne Feltz ’91 studied earth science at Northland College then went onto earn an MS in atmospheric science in 1994 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he worked as a scientist ever since. In…  Read More

Northland College graduate Matthew Koszuta

Koszuta ’18 Heads to OSU

Researching Orographic Precipitation

Name: Matthew V. Koszuta Major: Meteorology & Mathematical Sciences Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Q. How did you find Northland? A. My introduction to Northland College was through my friends/coworkers at a Milwaukee County Council Boy Scout Camp—LeFeber Northwoods Camps. This occurred the summer prior to my Senior year of high school. The program director, climbing wall director,…  Read More

Northland College President Mike Miller and Professor Emeritus Bruce Goetz

Goetz awarded Professor Emeritus status

Bruce Goetz, retired professor of geoscience, was recently awarded the title of Professor Emeritus by Northland College. “When I heard that my colleagues had voted for that and approved that unanimously, I was just humbled,” Goetz said. “For a faculty member, it’s the highest honor you can get.” Goetz retired from Northland College in 2016.…  Read More

Northland College student Megan McPeak does research

McPeak: Making It Happen

A love for learning and Lake Superior is what lured graduating senior Megan McPeak to Northland College—and may someday bring her back. “I knew this was my time to be here—in my favorite place in the world—and to really focus on learning,” McPeak explained. Focused indeed. She double-majored in math and meteorology, and double-minored in chemistry…  Read More