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Degree Overview

At Calvin, your physics degree is tailored to your unique career goals. Choose between a bachelor of science (BS) or bachelor of arts (BA) degree. You'll have opportunities to do real-world research alongside your professors, or pursue research at prominent national labs and observatories. You'll be assisted every step of the way by professors with deep knowledge of the field who are invested in your future.

Our graduates have an outstanding placement rate into prestigious graduate programs and follow exceptional career paths. You'll graduate with practical, career-shaping experience, ready to thrive in graduate school and become a leader in your field.

Program Distinctives

Cutting-edge learning - In your hands-on learning experience, you’ll have access to a fully equipped observatory, an electronic cellular microprobe system, an atom trapping system, two laser and optics research laboratories, and many more cutting-edge tools.
Expert family - Your professor have deep expertise in the field, and will work with you personally to create an academic plan that prepares you well for graduate school or whatever career you want to pursue.
A versatile program - Physics majors can take part in Calvin’s many art, music, sports, and study-abroad opportunities and still graduate in four years.
A foundation of faith - We understand that God is the creator of all things, and we embrace the tension of reading God’s word and God’s world together.

Degree Information

  • Overview

    Who is this program for?

    The 32-hour program is a bachelor of arts (BA) program that is ideal for students pursuing major or minor programs in other disciplines, such as math, engineering, or computer science (or even Chinese, political science, or music!) and are interested in a career in applied research and technology.

    The in-depth physics major (BS degree) is for those planning to pursue graduate study in physics and interested in a career in research and academia. It is excellent preparation for graduate school. Our students have been admitted into some of the top physics graduate programs in the country.

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

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