Bachelor's in Physics

General

Program Description

Join us in asking and exploring answers to 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.

Degree programs

With a degree in physics from Hope, you’ll create a strong foundation of skills and research-based inquiry that opens your options to a wide variety of careers and graduate classes.

No matter what degree program you choose, the physics department offers the chance to learn from a small, close-knit faculty who collaboratively conduct research together often. With us, you’ll create new knowledge in physics every time you step into a lab with your faculty supervisor. You have the prospect to choose your own electives and carve out a degree that fits what you want to learn.

Majors

  • Bachelor of Science in physics
  • Bachelor of Arts in physics
  • Physics education (high school)

Minors

  • Physics
  • Physics education (high school)
  • Integrated science with a physics minor (high school)

Popular Double Majors

The study of physics intersects with many disciplines, from engineering to philosophy to dance. Many students choose to pursue a degree combining physics with other interests. Popular combinations include physics with:

  • Mathematics
  • Computer science
  • Geology
  • Chemistry
  • Philosophy
  • Engineering

Courses

Our courses include research opportunities with our faculty, experiments in one of our state-of-the-art labs and classroom learning.

As a student of physics at Hope, you’re offered the chance to work closely with our small team of professors, both in our research labs and the classroom. We take cues from you our electives are determined by asking our students what they want to learn. These electives can include courses in anything from optics to cosmology to the physics of sustainable energy, among many others.

After graduation

Our graduates go on to work in a wide variety of fields and careers and pursue graduate programs at many top schools throughout the country and world.

Physics is the liberal arts of the natural and applied sciences. By studying physics, you learn to be curious and inquisitive, think algorithmically and grapple with philosophical questions. These skills are rare and in high demand which means you can go on to do just about anything with your physics degree. We graduate many students who go on to medical and law school, into the engineering field, and on to become teachers.

Last updated March 2019

About the School

Hope College is a private, Christian liberal arts college in Holland, Michigan. It opened in 1851 as the Pioneer School by Dutch immigrants four years after the community was first settled.

Hope College is a private, Christian liberal arts college in Holland, Michigan. It opened in 1851 as the Pioneer School by Dutch immigrants four years after the community was first settled. Read less