At Hollins, physics courses 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: Hollins offers a minor in physics. The physics major is currently suspended, and students interested in the study of physics should contact the Dean of Academic Services.
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.
Dana Science Building Renovation
Fall Term 2017 saw four existing laboratories refreshed, two faculty office suites constructed, and the lobby area transformed as part of the Dana Science Building’s $6.5 million renovation. Five new labs and support spaces were operational by Spring Term 2018.
Dana Science Building Renovation (PDF)
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