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5-10 physics students conduct reseach with professors each summer.

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?

Program overview

Calvin's programs in physics and astronomy are designed to be challenging, yet flexible to help you achieve your career goals. You can choose:

Research opportunities

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.

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Physics facts

8 full-time faculty, all with PhDs in their fields

10-16 students on average in each upper-level physics or astronomy course

2 astronomical observatories

5-10 students do full-time research each summer

Science facts

Calvin ranks in the top 5 percent of private colleges whose graduates go on to earn PhDs in the sciences.

Over 95 percent of Calvin science students are accepted into graduate school on first application.

Between 1999 and 2008, students in the sciences co-authored, with faculty, 203 publications.