Department of Physics

Physics at Mudd

Harvey Mudd College offers a physics major with both depth and breadth in classical and modern physics, theory and experiment, foundations and applications as well as a joint major in physics and mathematics. The Physics program constitutes a rigorous foundation for graduate work or employment in physics and other technical fields. We have a vigorous student-faculty research program in a wide variety of fields in experimental and theoretical physics.

Our Core Values: The Harvey Mudd College Physics Department recognizes the value, dignity, and humanity of every member of our community. We strive to conduct ourselves with honesty and integrity. We commit to building an environment that is welcoming, supportive, and free from racism, bias, and all forms of intimidation, harassment, and discrimination. And we challenge ourselves to pursue educational and scientific excellence that embodies these values.

Colloquium Series

Junior and senior physics majors attend our biweekly colloquium series, held on Tuesday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. in Shanahan B460. The talks are open to all students and to the public, and are frequently attended by scientists from the other Claremont Colleges, Cal Poly Pomona, and others. The series features speakers from a broad range of institutions and fields of physics.

Upcoming Colloquia

Alumni Stories

Universal Pictures

A passion for astronomy and science communication converge for Kevin Hainline ’06, a member of the James Webb Space Telescope team.

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Net Gains

Broad experience in college led to wide-ranging career success for Kenji Hashimoto ’91.

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How to Cultivate a Career

Geophysicist Betty Johnson ’78 overcame a steep learning curve to become a leader in the field.

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Getting a Head Start

Professor Jason Gallicchio works to make sure the youngest member of his research group is off to a great start.