At Hollins, physics students investigate laws that underlie reality. They wrestle with tough questions. They explore the limits of what is known about the world. They discover there is a joy in understanding nature that comes from truly seeing it for the first time.
Note: this program is currently under review and subject to change. New majors and minors will not be accepted to the program as presently constituted during 2016-17.
Major students learn to make important and interesting connections between physics and other disciplines such as biology and chemistry. Classes are small, with individual attention for each person. And all courses are more like seminars than lectures.
Physics courses at Hollins develop both a conceptual and a quantitative appreciation of the laws of physics. They learn problem-solving skills and how to think critically and analytically.
What You'll Learn
Why Study Physics?
“Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science. Physics challenges our imaginations with concepts like relativity and string theory, and it leads to great discoveries, like computers and lasers, that lead to technologies which change our lives—from healing joints, to curing cancer, to developing sustainable energy solutions.”American Physical Society website
A Greater Appreciation of the Universe
“Look deeply into nature and you will understand everything better.”Albert Einstein