Hiram College

Physics knowledge – the study of energy, matter and how things work – is highly sought-after in today’s high-tech world. Hiram College physics majors are well prepared to pursue numerous tracks after Hiram including graduate study, teaching in the sciences or working in a high-tech career.

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Laura Van Wormer, Ph.D.

Professor of Physics, Chair/Dual Degree (3/2) Engineering Liaison

Stephens Memorial Observatory

The observatory’s current mission is historic preservation, astronomy education, and public outreach.

The primary instrument of the observatory is the Cooley Telescope. t is a nine-inch Warner and Swasey refractor built in Cleveland, Ohio and graced with John Brashear Co. optics.

Stephens Memorial Observatory offers regular public viewing nights.

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Hiram offers both a major and a minor in physics, and participates in a dual degree program granting a Hiram degree in physics (or the appropriate major) and an engineering degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland or Washington University in St. Louis.

The Hiram physics major helps students to develop critical thinking, problem-solving and quantitative skills that enable them to tackle problems through a multifaceted approach — experimental, theoretical and computational. Our physics majors have many opportunities to practice communicating technical topics in both written and oral forms. They frequently work in teams – a structure followed and valued by many employers — to produce solutions that are more thorough and in-depth than any one person could accomplish on his or her own. In addition to succeeding at the graduate level in fields as diverse as physics, engineering, medical school and law school, our physics graduates pursue careers as engineers or programmers, patent attorneys, medical professionals, air traffic controllers and military officers. Many also have found a vocation in teaching, passing on their knowledge to the next generation.

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