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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 4, 2016 (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 4, 2016 and March 10, 2017

New Scientist, an international magazine, has reported on Professor Larry Molnar's prediction of a red nova. Read the article>>

Professor Larry Molnar predicts a star explosion-something that's never been done before! Read more>>

A fireball meteor was spotted streaking across the night sky in West Michigan on February 1, 2016. Professor Larry Molnar was interviewed about the phenomenon by a local TV station. See and read the interview. >>

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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