National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship winner Jocienne Nelson
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship winner Jocienne Nelson examines a research sample in one of Oberlin's Physics laboratories. Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones
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Physics at Oberlin is a diverse academic program offering a rich selection of physics, astrophysics, and astronomy courses and ample opportunities for active student research involvement.

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Jason Stalnaker

Associate Professor of Physics
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Diane Doman

Administrative Assistant 440-775-8330

Why Study Physics at Oberlin?

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tracks through the major
80%
majors conducting research
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whole universe to study, from atoms to galaxies
The dome atop Peters Hall. Photo credit: Yvonne Gay

Observatory and Planetarium

Oberlin College Observatory is atop Peters Hall at the center of campus. Peters was built in the 1880s and the dome was installed in 1929, along with a Gaertner 6-inch f:15 refractor telescope. The current telescope is a 14" Meade LX200. The observatory is actively used for introductory astronomy classes, for individual student projects, by the Oberlin Astronomy Club, and for public viewing.

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Upcoming Physics Events

Sample Courses

  • PHYS 111 - Electricity, Magnetism and Thermodynamics 4 credits
  • ASTR 100 - Introductory Astronomy 4 credits
  • PHYS 316 - Waves and Optics 4 credits
  • PHYS 411 - Electrodynamics 2 credits

Physics News

FAST Student Researchers With NSF Visitors

Summer Research at FAST

October 4, 2018
Didier Banyeretse ’20 and Hengrui Zhu ’21 were selected to conduct research at the FAST radio telescope in China this summer.
Image of Regina Stasser de Gonzalez and Jason Stalnaker

STRONG Returns for Its Fourth Year

September 20, 2018
STRONG launched its fourth program this summer, bringing together students from underrepresented demographics in STEM and Oberlin professors through research.