Studying Physics at Kenyon
Physics students develop the analytical, computational and experimental techniques necessary to apply the principles of nature to a broad range of theoretical and experimental problems. With small class sizes and a strong research program, students have extraordinary access to physics faculty who are active researchers in the field.
Kenyon ranks eighth in the country (and ahead of every Ivy) for the proportion of STEM grads to earn a doctorate in a STEM field.
75students a year pursue College-funded research projects in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences.
Kenyon 360: Science and Math
Get an insider's view of the S'Quad, the bustling home of Kenyon's math and science departments.
$1Mgrant from the the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
The grant is one of several that Kenyon scientists have earned to foster a more inclusive and diverse scientific community.
A Certain Slant on Light
For centuries, scientists and artists have pondered light, including rainbows, shadows, colors and mirages. Explore the theory that explains these beautiful phenomena, including how light can be modelled as a ray, wave or particle, and how these ideas explain concepts like reflection, refraction, scattering and more.
Good Nukes, Bad Nukes
Nuclear power produces energy; nuclear waste threatens our future. Nuclear weapons make us strong; dirty bombs make us vulnerable. Nuclear medicine can cure us; nuclear radiation can kill us. Learn how to participate in public discussions of nuclear issues, and embark on a field trip to a major nuclear site in Ohio.
Einstein’s relativity theories are famous, but he also made amazing discoveries about quantum mechanics and the statistical properties of matter and radiation. In this course, you’ll find that his insights are significant, not just for microscopic particles or distant galaxies, but for the phenomena of everyday life.
Astrophysics and Particles
From particle accelerators, to galaxies and stars, to the big bang, high-energy particle physics and astrophysics address the sciences’ most fundamental questions. This course covers topics of contemporary relevance from the combined fields of cosmology, astrophysics, particle physics, relativity and field theory.