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Study physics and astronomy at Calvin

If you're fascinated by the how, why and what ifs of the physical world, physics and astronomy at Calvin could be for you. As a physics and astronomy student you can:

Considering Calvin?
The best way to learn about the department is to come for a visit. Arrange your visit with the Admissions Office. On "Fridays at Calvin" days you can take a department tour, visit a physics or astronomy class, and have lunch with a professor. On other days, just tell Admissions you would like to meet with a physics or astronomy professor. If your schedule allows, plan to come on Friday November 7, 2014 or Friday April 17, 2015 (register here), when we'll be offering special physics and astronomy events. We look forward to meeting you!

Faith and academics at Calvin

Peter PlantingaPhysics and Computer Science major Peter Plantinga '12 writes about learning with mind, strength, heart, and soul during his years at Calvin.


Physics and astronomy major Melissa Haegert '10, along with two other Calvin students, talks about discovering God's path for her life as a student at Calvin (Melissa's portion is 1:29–2:57):


Opportunities for student research, highlights from faculty reseach.

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News and Events

Seminar schedule Tuesdays,
3:45-4:45 p.m., SB110

"Fridays at Calvin" Physics Visit Days November 7, 2014 and April 17, 2015

We celebrated the Calvin careers of Deb Haarsma, Steve Steenwyk and David Van Baak at a farewell reception April 25, 2014. Read more

Senior Dan Van Noord develops sophisticated astronomy software. Read more>>

Kathy Hoogeboom Pot ('08) recently won a prize for a video about some of her NSF-funded research. Read more

Andrew Vanden Heuvel, Calvin Physics alum '04 and online teacher, is the first educator to test Google Glass. Read more>>

Physics student Jake Lampen has received honorable mention from the Goldwater Scholarship program. Read more>>

Calvin students help middle school students in Rehoboth, New Mexico, find fun in astronomy. Read article from the Navajo Times>>

January, 2013 Ten Calvin students and Professor Molnar are in the American Southwest for a three week course "Astronomy in the Southwest". Read about their adventures in their daily web log.

Professors Stan Haan and David Van Baak have been named Fellows in the American Physical Society. Read more

The John Van Zytveld Summer Research Fellowship was established to fund student research in Physics & Astronomy. Consider adding your support. Read more

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