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The Department of
Physics & Astronomy

Academics / Departments & Programs / Physics & Astronomy

Discover how the universe works.

At Calvin, we're constantly amazed by the wonders of creation. Join us in exploring the “world of things,” which includes the fascinating interactions of quantum particles, the biophysics of cells, astronomical processes involving stars and galaxies, and the industrial applications of lasers, plasmas, and special electronic materials.

Here, you'll learn how to be a wise steward of science and technology. You'll graduate ready to pursue a career in physics, or in one of many fields that apply your physics expertise in different ways—from engineering to health science to education.

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Looking to stretch yourself further? Find even more collaboration and academic depth in one of Calvin’s two distinct honors programs.

Learn more about the Honors Scholars and Collegiate Scholars programs.

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A minor in engineering or biomedical engineering alongside your physics major can unlock even more career options. Learn more »

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Chart the skies

Easy access to Calvin's state-of-the-art observatory means you'll engage with astronomy data that you gather yourself. Learn more »


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