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Discovering the structure of reality
Alma College physics students study the fundamental laws and building blocks of nature, from the formation of stars to the efficiency of engines. They develop excellent mathematical and problem-solving skills that prepare them for a wide range of great careers, from scientific research to engineering to software, business or law.
Study topics that inspire you
Because Alma students have the opportunity to get to know their professors on a personal level, they’re able to explore the depths of their passions. String theory sound appealing? Electronics? Astrophysics? Alma’s Physics faculty members are happy to offer courses or create independent studies tailored to your specific interests.
Do real science from day one
Through the ASPIRE program, Alma students can have the opportunity to do research with faculty as early as the summer before their first year. They also have a track record of being accepted to summer research programs and internships across the nation.
100 years ago today, on Nov. 25, 1915, Albert Einstein’s equation describing gravity was published. The resulting theory of General Relativity is a cornerstone of modern physics and has reshaped the way we see the world.
And almost exactly 50 years earlier, maybe near Nov. 30, 1865, James Clerk Maxwell’s treatise unifying electricity and magnetism were formally published. Maxwell’s synthesis of the many distinct pieces of electromagnetic theory into a coherent whole had even broader impact on the development of physics.
Students are able to examine and handle a near-exact replica of one of this summer’s newly discovered hominid fossils after Alma faculty produce a 3D print of a jawbone fragment.
Professor Melissa Strait and Alma undergraduates measure what happens to a meteorite when it is struck by something.