• 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 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.


    2018 Malmstrom Lecture

    On November 9th, 2018, Hamline will host Dr. Mark Hersam for this year's Malmstrom Lecture in Physics. He will be presenting in Sundin Music Hall at 12:45 pm, on the topic "Atomically Precise Characterization and Control of Emerging 2D Materials." The abstract is below. Physics students will also have the opportunity to engage with Dr. Hersam and his work at other events throughout the day.

    Abstract: Two-dimensional (2D) materials have emerged as promising candidates for next-generation electronic and optoelectronic applications. With properties spanning the spectrum from insulating (e.g., hexagonal boron nitride and montmorillonite to semiconducting (e.g., transition metal dichalcogenides and phosphorene) to conducting (e.g., graphene and  borophene), nearly any electronic device can be fabricated by stacking 2D materials into heterostructures. However, in the atomically thin limit, the influence of surface chemistry, defects, interfaces, and the surrounding environment play an important if not dominant role, especially in comparison to bulk materials. Consequently, methods for characterizing and controlling heterostructure interfaces with atomic precision are critical steps in the realization of the full technological potential of 2D materials. Towards this end, this talk will outline the latest efforts in our laboratory to engineer surfaces and interfaces in 2D heterostructures. For example, rotationally commensurate growth of MoS2 has been realized on epitaxial graphene on SiC substrates, which allows deterministic control over MoS2 grain boundary orientation with implications for gate-tunable memristive charge transport. For chemically reactive 2D materials (e.g., phosphorene), encapsulation with atomic layer deposition and passivation with covalently tethered organic adlayers minimize ambient degradation and provide charge transfer doping. Finally, this talk will describe emerging efforts concerning the growth, atomic structure, polymorphism, and chemical functionalization of synthetic two-dimensional materials (e.g., borophene) that do not exist as layered materials in the bulk. 


    Learning Outcomes

    The purpose of learning outcomes at Hamline University is to ensure that our mission and values are realized in what our graduating students know, value, and can do. View all learning outcomes for Physics.