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. Seminar: Dr. Catherine Drennan

    Posted by Catherine Mader

    Chemistry Seminar: Friday, March 31 at 4:00pm Schaap 1000 Dr. Catherine Drennan, Massachusetts Insti...

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  2. Physics Pre-Advising Session

    Posted by Jason Gombas

    For this week’s SPS meeting, there will be a Physics Pre-Advising Session hosted by Dr. Hamp...

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  3. Game and Pizza Night

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    Are you interested in strategy games? Do you like free pizza? Then come to Game and Pizza Night host...

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  4. Seminar: Dr. Takeshi Sakamoto

    Posted by Catherine Mader

    Biology Seminar Friday, March 10 at 3:00pm Schaap 1019 “Molecular machine: Two motors are enou...

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  5. Physics major works on experiment at MSU-NSCL

    Posted by Catherine Mader

    Cole Persch spent the day working with Dr. DeYoung at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laborat...

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  6. Science, Technology and Engineering (STE) Career Changers Wanted!

    Posted by Catherine Mader

    Science, Technology and Engineering (STE) Career Changers Wanted! Boston University is looking to en...

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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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