Department of Physics

What You Will Learn

Our Mission

An understanding of the natural world is essential to effectively engage in solving the problems facing the world today. 

Global Citizenship

Global Citizenship

The Department of Physics is committed to educating knowledgeable global citizens who can and will participate in addressing issues as different as climate change, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and alternative means of energy production. Because the major emphasizes a deep technical and mathematical understanding of nature, as well as the ability to communicate that understanding to non-scientists, you will become a global citizen who can propose and implement solutions to the difficult and complex problems that will shape the future. You will learn to identify the origins of problems that are part of a complex system, model the system using advanced mathematical techniques, and identify potential solutions. Just as importantly, you will be able to communicate both the problem and the solution to people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. 

Responsible Leadership

Responsible Leadership

The physics curriculum is oriented toward developing your critical thinking skills, so you will be able to solve problems based on information that is often incomplete or contradictory. You will develop this ability to solve problems, both individually and in groups, through extensive classroom and laboratory work, where you will learn to organize information and work collaboratively with people from diverse backgrounds. Through this process, you will become an effective and responsible leader, while acquiring the scientific knowledge and skills necessary to have a productive career in any field.
Productive Careers

Productive Careers

As a student of physics at Rollins you will gain a thorough understanding of the physical world, computer modeling, problem solving techniques, and technical and information literacy. You will be prepared to engage in the search for new knowledge, solve complex problems, and lead peers and subordinates toward consensus using logic and clear communication. Studying physics will prepare you for careers in science, engineering, business, law and many other professions, ensuring that you will lead an informed and productive life.

Meaningful Lives

Meaningful Lives

Beyond productivity, as a well-educated physicist you will find meaning and satisfaction in any work you choose to do. The search for new knowledge, the education of others, the engineering and construction of important structures, the innovation of technology, and the application of rigorous logic to difficult problems are all complemented by a deep appreciation for the value of knowledge and the pursuit of excellence that comes from studying physics.