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Physics

It’s a common question from parents: What would my son or daughter do with a physics degree? If it’s a physics degree from Rollins, the answer is easy: You can do anything.

Graduates from the program are now lawyers, professors, bankers, programmers, and business owners. In fact, a lot of students enter the physics major through the back door, with interests in photography or cosmetics or earthquakes or music. Then they discover through exciting lab work that physics can be applied to any interest.

Students work together with instructors to think analytically, solve problems, and to write and present—skills that will set you apart in any field.

Why Study Physics at Rollins

A Relational Approach

From day one, the faculty takes a personal interest in you. It’s a tight-knit group, so every student feels comfortable asking questions and then working with a professor to find answers.

Research-Grade Equipment

An acoustical lab. An optics lab. An atomic-force microscope. Lasers and high-speed cameras. Undergrads learn to set up professional gear from scratch and use it instead of merely observing.

Empowerment for Success

Most colleges offer research experience, but at Rollins you can start lab work after your first year. The goal is not for professors to publish findings and present them—it’s for you to do it.

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Emma Broming
“People might wonder how my physics degree at Rollins helped with my career in economic and financial consulting. The training in creative problem solving gave me the clarity and the confidence to tackle complicated topics of any kind. They’re the kinds of skills that will always be valuable, no matter how the marketplace changes.”

Emma Broming ’12

Associate and Equity Shareholder, Premier Quantitative Consulting, Inc.

Rollins Physics Careers

Rollins physics grads are making tomorrow happen at some of the world’s most innovative companies and organizations.

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Nicholas Bowers ’14

Senior Product Manager, Amazon’s Choice

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Sarah Evans ’06

Undergraduate Coordinator, Initiatives in STEM, University of Central Florida

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Mitch Verboncoeur ’14

Associate, McKool Smith Law Practice

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Daniel Zietlow ’10

Producer, Director, Videographer, and Editor, Earth Initiatives; Education Generalist, UNAVCO, Inc.

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Aditya Mahara ’12

Product Development and Market Intelligence for Integrated Diagnostics, Siemens Healthineers

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Ashley Cannaday ’11

Assistant Professor of Physics, Rollins College

Real World Experience

From internships and research opportunities, physics students hone their skills in the real world.

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Popular Courses

When a professor is honest enough to say “I don’t know,” it becomes the impetus to study anything from pianos to planets. It might even become a new stand-alone class.

PHY 115
The Physics of Music

Explore the physical principles of music and musical instruments by delving into the scientific basis for music and the physics of brass, woodwind, and string instruments.

Students use lasers to take precise measurements about the movement of piano strings.
RCC 100
Science in the Art of da Vinci

Some of Leonardo da Vinci’s art, previously thought to be random, actually represents thoughtful science. This class shows us how he merged art and science to express a pursuit of truth.

PHY 325
Computational Physics

You’re given a real-world, modern-day problem, one that can be solved only through an understanding of physics and computation. An abundance of trial and error is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.

MM 200
The Science of Superheroes

We can learn a lot about physics by investigating the superheroes of comic books and movies. The big question: What’s the difference between the impossible and the merely improbable?

Students carefully observe the motion of masses on a string.
PHY 412
Experimental Optics

Construct your own experiment and then use research-grade lasers and optical tables to find answers. Along the way, you learn to collaborate and write professional articles as a graduate student would do.

Students use lenses to manipulate the motion of the light coming from a lightbulb.
PHY 451
Quantum Physics

Study early atomic models and wave aspects of particles before examining the quantum mechanical solution of one-dimensional barriers and wells, periodic potentials, and three-dimensional systems.

A Day in the Life of a Rollins Physics Major

“From my first year, Rollins has allowed me to work closely with professors and has opened up numerous research, internship, and potential career opportunities.”

Chris Becker ’20

Beyond the Classroom

Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Program Work with a professor on your research for a summer, continue it through the school year, and then present to an audience of PhDs at a major national or international conference—a rare opportunity for undergraduates. Many of these projects result in students publishing articles in scientific journals before they graduate.

Pre-Engineering Program Rollins provides students with the opportunity to combine a three-year program in the liberal arts with two years of professional academic work in engineering at one of three prestigious institutions: Washington University, Case Western Reserve, or Auburn.

NSF Undergraduate Research Experience A competitive program supported by the National Science Foundation allows students to prepare research findings to be published and presented at national conferences.

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Expert Faculty

Physics professors at Rollins are at the top of the field and have chosen to teach here because of the satisfaction gained from creating a collaborative learning environment for every student, regardless of gender or background.

Department of Physics
Bush Science Center
1000 Holt Ave. – 2743
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2223
F. 407.646.2479

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