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.

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. External funding has come from several nationally prestigious agencies and endowments, including:

For detailed information, view our faculty pages.

Recent blog posts

  1. Paul DeYoung Receives College’s Ruth and John Reed Faculty Achievement Award

    Posted by Jennifer Hampton

    At the recent Faculty Recognition Luncheon, Dr. Paul DeYoung was the recipient of the Ruth and John ...

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  2. Summer Research Program 2020

    Posted by Jennifer Hampton

    Apply online at https://sharp.hope.edu. Choose from a range of externally funded research projects: ...

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  3. Congratulations: 2019 Notable SPS Chapter – Hope Physics

    Posted by Catherine Mader

    Way to go Hope Physics students! You’ve been recognized by the National Society of Physics Stu...

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  4. Summer Research Program 2019

    Posted by Jennifer Hampton

    Apply online at https://sharp.hope.edu. Choose from a range of externally funded research projects: ...

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  5. Students Meet Nobel Laureate at NASA

    Posted by Jennifer Hampton

    It’s not every day that you get to meet a Nobel Laureate. But three physics students working w...

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  6. Summer Research Program 2018

    Posted by Jennifer Hampton

    Apply online at https://sharp.hope.edu. Choose from a range of externally funded research projects: ...

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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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