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Physics

You will learn in small classes with faculty members who know you as an individual. Lab work will be central to your studies. As a senior physics major, you will conduct an in-depth research project with a faculty member. The projects often produce work that is presented at professional conferences or published in scholarly journals. Astronomy is offered as a minor within the Physics Department.

Joelle Baer ’16
Joelle Baer ’16 spent her summer interning at the National Institute for Standards and Technology’s Center for Nuclear Research.

A Hamilton student discovers physics and a way to view the world

After a summer of reflection, Joelle Baer ’16 started Hamilton College knowing math and science were her deepest interests. Her love for physics was a surprise. “That freshman mechanics course with Gordon Jones completely blew me away - everything I had taken for granted about the world around me was being explained right before my very eyes. The class was enthralling, the problems exciting, the professor entertaining. I was completely sold on the major,” says Baer, who went on to a summer internship at the National Institute for Standards and Technology’s Center for Nuclear Research.

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Stephanie Higgins Bealing ’04 presenting at a Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs Awards ceremony, just before she won an award.
Stephanie Higgins Bealing ’04 presenting at a Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs Awards ceremony, just before she won an award.

A graduate’s progress: more degrees, a new direction

Since her Hamilton College days, physics major Stephanie Higgins Bealing ’04 has earned two advanced degrees and launched two businesses. “Studying physics definitely prepared me for all of the problem solving that is needed when you run your own show,” she says.

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