Hiram College

expanding your mind

The Physics major at Hiram offers a large variety of classes to allow students to expand their minds and become exposed to the full spectrum of physics-related coursework.


Hiram physics students develop these hands-on skills that employers value:

  • Computer programming
  • Doing paid independent research with a faculty member, often in the summer
  • Working with scientific equipment such as oscilloscopes, power supplies, a 3D printer, signal generators, multichannel analyzers, Geiger counters, multi-stage amplifiers, motion detectors and many more
  • Soldering and wiring circuits
  • Data analysis, with tools such as Excel and Kaleidagraph for graphing, analyzing and doing
  • Statistics with data

Physics majors must take each of the following courses:

Fundamentals of Physics I (Phys 213 – offered every fall)
Fundamentals of Physics II (Phys 214 – offered every spring)
Electronics (Phys 225 – offered alternate spring 12-week or 3-week terms)
Modern Physics (Phys 320 – offered every fall)
Advanced Laboratory (Phys 440 – offered alternate spring 3-week terms)
Introduction to Laboratory Instruments (1 hr) (Phys 150 – offered every spring)
Senior Seminar (PHYS 480)
Calculus I, II and III (Math 198, 199, 200)
Linear Algebra (Math 218) and Differential Equations (Math 243)
Introduction to Computer Programming (CPSC 170 & 172 – offered every spring)  [Recommended: Intro to Computer Science (CPSC 171)]

… and four courses from the following:

Mechanics (Phys 330 – offered alternate fall 3-week terms)
Quantum Physics (Phys 350 – offered alternate spring terms)
Thermal Physics (Phys 335 – offered alternate spring terms) or Physical Chemistry I*
Electromagnetic Theory (Phys 360 – offered alternate spring terms)
Nuclear Physics (Phys 345) or Astrophysics (offered upon request)
Solid State Physics (Phys 375 – offered upon request)
*(Physical Chemistry I is primarily intended for students doing a Physics-Chemistry double major or a Chemistry major-Physics minor)

Requirements for the Physics minor include the following:

Fundamentals of Physics I & II
Modern Physics
Three other Physics major courses (excluding P150, P480)
Calculus I, II & III

Other Department Courses

Principles of Physics I (offered fall term, every year)
Principles of Physics II (offered spring term, every year)
Introduction to the Machine Shop
Real World Physics: From Amusement Parks to Race Cars (Freshman Colloquium)
From Quarks to Quasars: Making Sense of Modern Physics (Freshman Seminar)
In Search of Quantum Reality or What Really Happened to Schrodinger’s Cat? (Interdisciplinary)
The Sky is Burning: The Advent of the Nuclear Age (Interdisciplinary)
Physics and Modern Drama (Interdisciplinary)
Particle Physics (Short Course)

For full descriptions, see the Course Catalog.