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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 PRISM/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.
“We want to get more students excited about science through laboratory and field experiences that are tied to local issues and have personal meaning.” — Jeff Abernathy
The Dow Digital Science Center will be a place for the collection and storage of data and remote sensing instrumentation. Linking data from remote sensors to the DDSC will immerse students and faculty in STEM research.
“The story of the Manhattan Project has a liberal arts flavor to it. It involves political science, social science, ethics, economics, physics, chemistry, more.” — Author and Physicist Cameron Reed