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.
Through a summer internship at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Bridget Kayitesi ’18 discovered her love of astronomy. “It’s like you never know what you’re going to learn tomorrow: You never know what you’re going to discover out there in the sky,” says Kayitesi, an intended physics and math major and one of 19 students nationally selected to take part in the internship program. (Astronomy is offered through the Physics Department at Hamilton College.) Kayitesi’s high school in Uganda focused narrowly on science, and she was drawn to the opportunity to explore offered by Hamilton’s open curriculum. She also wanted to focus on writing and has found that even with two majors she has the time to take writing-intensive courses such as women’s studies. “People should know that even if you come here as a science major you definitely have the opportunity to try all kinds of things,” she says.More >>
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.More >>
Hamilton graduates who concentrated in physics are pursuing careers in a variety of fields, including: