About physics and astronomy at Calvin
At Calvin, we believe that all of God's creation is worth exploring, including, electrons, spinning asteroids, uranium isotopes, black holes and quantum entaglement.
In physics and astronomy, faculty and students use their God-given curiosity to explore answers to questions big and small:
- How does the spin of a baseball make it curve?
- Why is the light of a laser so intense and pure in color?
- What does it mean to study physics and astronomy through the lens of faith?
Calvin's programs in physics and astronomy are designed to be challenging, yet flexible to help you achieve your career goals. You can choose:
- Physics major - for those intending to double major in areas such as chemistry or engineering
- In-depth physics major - an intensive program for those intending to study physics in graduate school
- Physics and computer science group major - an interdisciplinary program
- Secondary education and physics major and minor
- Physics minor
- Astronomy minor
- Optics minor
As a physics and astronomy student, you will have incredible opportunities to work alongside professors both in and outside of the classroom.
- During the school year and in the summer, assist professors with research in theoretical and experimental atomic physics, biophysics, neurophysiology and more.
- Publish research findings with professors and other students in scholarly journals.
- Use the Calvin observatory (both on-site and remotely in New Mexico) to observe asteroids, stars and galaxies.
- Collaborate on research with your fellow students and professors in small, upper-level courses.
Physics and astronomy's eight full-time faculty members are well-respected and experienced researchers in their fields. They are also commited Christians who work to bring an authentic Christian perspective to their courses. They are heavily involved in research and engage students as scholars, teachers, mentors and friends.
Calvin students have access to state-of-the-art facilities and technology for use in courses, labs and research projects.