Join us in asking and exploring answers to the the age-old question, “Why does it work?”

As a physics major or minor, you’ll find that you’re able to contribute to our research programs right from the beginning. Even before you enroll as a physics student, there are opportunities for you to start taking part in our research programs. Once you’re a student in our courses, we listen to what you want to learn, designing our elective options based on your interests.

Explore how the world works

Physics is an investigative science testing theory against experimental measurements.

Discover something new

Learning through experimenting and collaborative research is a hallmark of our department — and of Hope College. It’s important for our students to learn directly alongside faculty members as research apprentices. Not only will you be learning something new, but you’ll be contributing directly to the field. View our blog for more information about our research groups.

Learn from the best

Each faculty member's research program is supported by external grants they've earned through competative programs. We currently have active awards totalling over $1 million. We’ve been funded by many prestigious, national groups, including:

For detailed information, view our faculty pages.

Recent blog posts

  1. Hope SPS Chapter at the 2017 CUWiP Conference

    Posted by Jason Gombas

    Hope’s SPS chapter attended this year’s APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physi...

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  2. Congratulations Caitlin Taylor

    Posted by Catherine Mader

    Caitlin Talyor (’12) has earned her PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from the Univer...

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  3. Hope Physicists participate in the 2017 APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics

    Posted by Catherine Mader

    Elizabeth Lindquist, Anna Lunderberg, and Anna Wormmeester presented their research from the summer ...

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  4. Check out the Physics Today Internship listings

    Posted by Catherine Mader

    Looking for internships anywhere in the country?  Check out the Physics Today listings!  

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  5. Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

    Posted by Catherine Mader

    Medical College of Wisconsin Graduate School For over 30 years, SPUR at MCW has provided over 1,000 ...

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  6. Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program

    Posted by Catherine Mader

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Inter...

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Hope by the Numbers

  • 2.7 millionVolts

    Our laboratory houses the 2.7 million volt Van de Graaf particle accelerator.

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  • 80%Graduate School

    Our department sends students to graduate school in physics, materials science, medical physics and medicine. Those who don’t pursue further education often succeed in careers in national and industrial labs, business and secondary education.

  • $1 millionRecent Grants

    Our faculty has received over $1 million in recent grants toward their research.

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  • $70kMedian Salary

    The median salary for physicists with bachelor’s degrees is $70,000, and can increase by 41% for physicists with graduate degrees.

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