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    Department of Physics
    Hamline University
    1536 Hewitt Avenue
    Saint Paul, MN 55104


    Andy Rundquist
    Department Chair


  • Pre-Engineering

    Students interested in engineering, applied physics, or working in industrial laboratories have several options. They can:


    • major in physics, orienting their coursework toward working in industry; 
    • do graduate work in physics or engineering and then work in industry in applied physics or in an engineering position; or 
    • do a two-year pre-engineering program at Hamline. 

    Because the courses for the two-year pre-engineering program are essentially the same as those for a physics major, students can easily shift from one program to the other should their directions change.

    Another option available to students interested in engineering is the three-year pre-engineering program. Hamline, together with Washington University (St. Louis) and the University of Minnesota, sponsors a 3-2 program in engineering, wherein a student attends Hamline for the first three years, followed by two years in the particular engineering department at Washington University or at the University of Minnesota. Students enrolled in these programs must still complete the basic Hamline Plan requirements. Upon completion of this program, the student receives a BA from Hamline and an engineering degree from Washington University or the University of Minnesota. 

    Hamline and the University of Minnesota also offer a 4-2 program in which the student graduates from Hamline and continues at the University of Minnesota for a master’s degree in one of the engineering fields.

    Contact the Physics Department for more information.

  • News
    • The Hamline to Hamline Collaboration is offering grants for collaborative programming and/or events that enrich the collaboration between Hamline Elementary and Hamline University. Applications are due by May 12th, 2014.
    • Senior Jenna Potter, an English major and German and communications double minor at Hamline, was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to teach in Hamburg, Germany. Senior Libby Otto named as alternate to Norway.
    • A group of 43 undergraduate students and faculty attended the 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in Lexington, KY from April 2 through April 5. Students presented 35 different projects that resulted from their collaborative research at Hamline.