Announcement

 

18 August 2017

Physics Department Tenure-Track Faculty Positions Available

The Department of Physics of Harvey Mudd College has openings for tenure-track appointments at the assistant professor level, beginning September 2018. We have thirteen full-time members; we graduate about …

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News

pic: HMC Physics Students, Alumni Win Prestigious Graduate Fellowships

12 May 2017

HMC Physics Students, Alumni Win Prestigious Graduate Fellowships

Several students and alumni of the Harvey Mudd physics program have won national fellowships for graduate study this year.  Jonas Kaufman (’17) and Helen Fitzmaurice (’10) have been offered National Science …

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3 July 2016

Prof. Jack Waggoner passes away after a long illness

Retired Professor Jack Holmes Waggoner died on the morning of 2 July 2016, according to a nurse at Pilgrim Place, where Waggoner resided following the 2013 death of his beloved wife Anne. He is survived …

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Why study physics at HMC?

Critical mass, for one thing. We have a large enough department to support a variety of research projects and enough majors to give you great odds of connecting with an excellent group of study buddies.

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Can I participate in research?

Definitely! With 13 full-time faculty members, research activities in the department investigate quantum information, defects in colloids, laser-based fusion, thin-film magnetic systems, plant biomechanics, …

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Where do our students go?

Somewhat more than half of physics majors head immediately to graduate school for PhDs in physics or related disciplines. The others find jobs as engineers, software developers, research assistants, data …

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What can you do with a physics degree?

What’s a physics degree from HMC good for? Plenty. But don’t just take our word for it. Listen to what our alumni say.

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What about the physics curriculum?

By design, the physics curriculum is lean enough to give physics majors an unconstrained elective each semester. With nine options, including astrophysics, biophysics, chemical physics, education, geophysics, …

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What physics is in the HMC Core?

Core physics begins with Special Relativity, which beautifully illustrates how careful reasoning from simple premises can teach you an incredible amount about how the world actually works—even if it isn’t …

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Students

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Faculty and Staff

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Weekly class schedule

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Courses

Donnelly Research Group 2016
 24 April 2016  The Donnelly research group of 2015–2016 having dinner at Tom’s house.