If you're interested in a career or graduate school in physics, astronomy and/or optics, consider the in-depth physics major. We also offer shorter major and minor programs that are flexible enough to be combined with other programs such as engineering, chemistry, and pre-medicine.
4-year course plans
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|Physics Major and Optics Minor
(i.e. Physics BS)
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|Physics Secondary Education Major and Mathematics Minor||Entering in an odd year||Entering in an even year|
The 32 hour requirement described below is for the BA degree. A student may earn a BS degree by completing these requirements plus an additional 26 hours in science and mathematics.
Physics/Computer Science Group Major
This program allows you to gain a broad understanding of topics in physics and computer science while also requiring you to go more in-depth in one of these areas.
Physics Secondary Education Major
The physics secondary education major is for those pursuing an in depth understanding of physics and also for those interested in teaching high school physics.
Are you fascinated by stars, planets and galaxies? Calvin offers a 19-hour astronomy minor with both calculus and non-calculus tracks.
Calvin's optics minor offers career-oriented, hands-on training for students in physics and engineering, as well as pre-service teachers preparing to teach science in high school.
The physics minor is ideal for students interested in career of applied research and technology. Students who acquire the necessary mathematics via other majors are also encouraged to consider a physics minor.
Physics Secondary Education Minor
The physics secondary education minor is for those who are interested in teaching high school physics.