Join us in asking and exploring answers to the age-old question, 鈥淲hy does it work?鈥

As a physics major or minor, you鈥檒l find that you鈥檙e 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鈥檙e 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 鈥 and of Hope College. It鈥檚 important for our students to learn directly alongside faculty members as research apprentices. Not only will you be learning something new, but you鈥檒l be contributing directly to the field. View our 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. External funding has come from several nationally prestigious agencies and endowments, including:

For detailed information, view our faculty pages.

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  2. Physics Seminar by Dr. Nick Wazniak (Hope鈥12), Thursday (2/22) at 11 am 鈥 VDW104

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  3. Joey Fogt (Hope鈥26) featured in Day of Giving webpage

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    Read Joey’s interesting research story.

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  5. Physics Seminar by Jason Gombas (Hope鈥19), Thursday (1/18) at 11 am 鈥 VDW104

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Hope by the Numbers

  • 1.7 millionVolts

    Our laboratory houses the 1.7 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鈥檛 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鈥檚 degrees is $70,000, and can increase by 41% for physicists with graduate degrees.

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