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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.

We offer a major and a minor in physics, and participate 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.

Physics knowledge – the study of energy, matter and how things work – is highly sought-after in today’s high-tech world. In addition, students 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.

Hiram physics professor probes polymer response with $124,000 NSF grant
Student researchers to help tap answer to smarter smart materials How do polymers respond to temperature, pressure and other environmental changes? The National Science Foundation awarded...
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Chemistry Senior Recognized for Excellence; Students Network, Present at ACS Meeting
Hiram College hosted the local meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) on Nov. 17, 2015. Prior to the meeting, six Hiram students – Christian O’Neil...
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Three Students Present Physics Research at Regional Conference
Three Hiram College students who spent summer 2015 conducting research within the Physics Department recently presented their work at the American Physical Society, Ohio Region, 2015...
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Students to Present on Summer Research, Internships at Annual Showcase
Hiram College students experience extraordinary hands-on research and internship opportunities at the undergraduate level. Nearly 50 students will showcase their internship work and independent research...
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Physics senior, professor present at regional conference
Mark Taylor, Ph.D., associate professor of physics, and Su Latt ’15, physics major from Yangon, Myanmar, presented their research at the American Physical Society, Ohio...
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For advising and more information, please contact:

Laura Van Wormer, Department Chair and Professor

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