What's faster than a speeding bullet, can change directions on a dime and travels millions of miles in a single day? It's light! Optics is the branch of physics that focuses on the properties and behavior of light.
Calvin's optics program offers career-oriented, hands-on training for students in physics and engineering. The six-course minor features classes in electromagnetism, mechanics and gravity, electricity and magnetism, and laboratory work.
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Join the department for seminars on cutting-edge research; gain valuable experience as a homework grader, lab assistant or observatory assistant (operating Calvin's telescopes); enjoy department gatherings at professors' homes.
(At least 21 semester hours)
Students pursuing a physics major and optics minor must follow college guidelines for overlap between a major and a minor; this is facilitated by the option in the physics major of substituting upper-level courses for introductory ones.
New students are automatically considered for general academic scholarships ranging from $1,000-15,000 based on a careful review of their application materials.
For a complete listing of departmental scholarships available to first-year students, use the Scholarship Search ».
Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in Optics as a:
Calvin's teacher education program also contains education-specific course requirements that you must complete prior to certification. See course requirements for: