• Physics


    In addition to the Physics B.S. and B.A., Hamline now offers the following tracks: 

    • B.S. in Applied Physics with an emphasis in Energy and Environmental Science
    • B.S. in Applied Physics with an emphasis in Engineering
    • B.S. in Applied Physics with an emphasis in Materials Science
    • B.A. in Applied Physics with an emphasis in Computation
    • B.A. in Applied Physics with an emphasis in Innovation

    More information on these tracks and all physics courses can be found HERE 

    Lasers, the internet, and space travel all exist thanks to physics. Physics attempts to understand the laws of nature and the relationship between energy and matter.

    A broad field, it encompasses mathematics, engineering, communications, biology, and electronics and provides students with critical thinking and problem solving skills. Physics majors are thus equipped for a wide variety of careers and graduate work from teaching to aerospace engineering.

    Our program focuses on opportunities for students to do meaningful, comprehensive research projects. These range from a first-year class allowing students to do independent research in lieu of the standard general physics lab, through a junior-level full-year course on a single project, to an honors project with plenty of summer research opportunities in between. Our coursework provides content and skills to allow students to be successful in these research endeavors.

    Physics & Pre-Engineering Major Overview with Professor Jerry Artz

    2019 Malmstrom Lecture

    On November 11th, 2019, Hamline will host Dr. Michael Kosterlitz for this year's Malmstrom Lecture in Physics. In Sundin Music Hall at 7:15 pm, he will be presenting "A Random Walk through Physics to the Nobel Prize." Physics students will also have the opportunity to engage with Dr. Kosterlitz and his work at other events throughout the day.

    This talk is the story of Professor Kosterlitz’s random walk through physics—via Cambridge, Oxford, Turin, and Birmingham—while finishing up at Brown University. He describes his very crooked path through life, including both physics and mountaineering, as well as a summary of his prize-winning work: topological defects and phase transitions in two dimensions. Matter occurs with different phase transitions, for example, when ice turns to water or water turns to steam. In extremely low temperatures, unusual phases may occur, such as electric current flows without resistance (superconductivity) and fluid flows without resistance (superfluidity). In the early 1970s, Kosterlitz and David Thouless introduced the concept of a vortex as a topological excitation or defect to describe phase transitions (i.e., superconductivity and superfluidity) in thin layers at low temperatures. This work may pave the way for future quantum computers and other revolutionary technologies.


    Learning Outcomes

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