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  • Becoming a finalist for the Rhodes and Marshall scholarship requires outstanding academic prowess and character. Katie Kowal BA ’17 interviewed for both scholarships following an endorsement from the college and much support from faculty who believed Kowal was a perfect candidate for these distinguished awards.
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  • Benno Kolland BA ’21, a rising sophomore from Santa Cruz, California, has built and launched a rocket to a height of two miles—higher than the altitude of Mount Hood. His next step? Bringing commercial space flight within reach.
  • Physics professor Mohamed Anber and physics major Ben Kolligs '18 work through a theoretical phys...
    This summer Lewis & Clark acquired a computational server that will improve the speed and ease of research calculations. Researchers studying computational physics, genetic sequencing, and climate modeling have already begun to imagine how this powerful hardware will enhance their research.

 

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Physics is the inquiry into the structure and organization of the universe—the study of forces and matter, of motion, of cause and effect, and of the intrinsic properties of space and time. From the structure of the atomic nucleus, to the fundamental processes taking place in living cells, to the large-scale structure and evolution of the whole universe, the realm of physics is well-traveled, yet every path leads to uncharted territory.

A major in Physics at Lewis & Clark is a challenging and fascinating undertaking, as this ‘uncharted territory’ is where our students spend most of their time. Coursework includes a two-year introductory sequence, followed by advanced courses in classical dynamics, quantum mechanics, and electricity and magnetism. Small classes are taught by active research faculty, and our students secure many prestigious scholarships. The Rogers Science Research Program supports collaborative scientific research between students and faculty during the summer.  Our 3-2 and 4-2 Engineering Programs enable students to pursue careers in mechanical engineering and other applied fields.

Our facilities include well-equipped laboratories; a machine shop; a research astronomical observatory; remote observing laboratory for studying the galactic interstellar medium;  an electrical instrumentation lab; and research labs for astrophysics, spectroscopy, and biophysics.  In Advanced Lab, students pursue  projects of their own design.

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