The Department of Physics at Rhodes College combines formal class work with hands-on laboratory work and independent research to create not just future scientists, but future leaders in the scientific community.
We are lucky to count physicists, astronomers, engineers, physicians, teachers, computer scientists, lawyers, business people, and many others among our former students. Over the past 10 years, roughly 30% of our majors have pursued graduate study in engineering (see our pre-engineering website). Another 35% pursue graduate studies in other disciplines (including physics, astronomy, and medicine, among others).
Due to the smaller size of the college and the nature of the physics department, you will have the opportunity to be an integral participant in cutting-edge research. From studying the evolution of galaxies using data taken with the world’s most powerful space telescopes, simulating electrodynamic responses due to varying charge densities, using ultrasound to improve the detection of bone disease, to developing controlled motion of potential drug-delivering spheres with magnetic fields, you′ll be able to choose from an assortment of research experiences to bring physics even more alive for you.
Check out the links below to learn more about our department and how it can help you meet your goals for college and beyond.
The Jack H. Taylor Scholarship in Physics provides talented high school physics students the means to continue their investigations at the college level. High school seniors applying to Rhodes and intending to major or minor in physics are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. The scholarship recipient receives up to $18,500 for tuition annually for up to four years, assuming renewal requirements are satisfied.