Dr. Marcus Hohlmann is a physics professor who observes his students build and operate advanced gaseous particle detectors. His research contributes to potential benefits for the U.S. Department of Defense and Homeland Security!
Learn more about Dr. Hohlmann in his Florida Tech Faculty Profile.
F.W. Olin Physical Sciences Center
Olin Physical Sciences features a rooftop Internet-accessible 32" research telescope as well as a geospace laboratory with a clean room for spacecraft instrumentation projects.
Explore more about this facility in Florida Tech's virtual tour!
Florida Tech Is the Perfect Physics College
Small Classes and Top Rankings Are Reasons to Study Here
Choosing Florida Tech as your physics college gives you all the tools and resources that you expect to find at a larger university but in a smaller, more intimate setting. Students in our physics program benefit from being part of the very first space sciences program in the world. Florida Tech's program is also recognized by the American Institute of Physics as one of the largest physics programs in terms of number of degrees awarded annually. In addition, Florida Tech ranks in the top 5% of all U.S. institutions awarding undergraduate physics degrees to women.
Small Classes & Internationally Recognized Professors
Florida Tech has a low student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1, a benefit not every physics college can offer. In these small classes students are able to work closely with their professor and receive focused attention, particularly when involved in research opportunities. The internationally recognized scientists in our physics program hold doctoral degrees from distinguished universities, making Florida Tech a good option for your physics college.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Florida Tech professors are active in research that involves world-class experiments studying some of the most relevant topics in physics including lightning, astronomy and astrophysics, experimental high-energy particle physics and space physics. Students are encouraged to participate in research right away in their first year at Florida Tech. The academic environment in this physics college is centered on preparing students for real-world scientific work whether in academia or industry. This research-based focus gives students an opportunity to be published in scientific journals and build leadership and professional experience through internships and professional organizations.
High-Tech Laboratories and Facilities
Florida Tech's facilities are exactly what you would expect from a top-level physics college. The Department of Physics and Space Sciences is located in the F.W. Olin Physical Sciences Building, a 70,000-square-foot facility that is equipped with state-of-the-art labs; clean and dark rooms; 3,000-square-foot high bay area; rooftop observatory; teaching classrooms with full multimedia; and smart whiteboards. In addition to students having access to the largest research-grade telescope in Florida, the 0.8-meter Ortega Telescope, students also have access to telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona and Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile.
Great Florida Location
In terms of location, the average physics college cannot compete with Florida Tech. The 130-acre campus is situated on the Space Coast, an area within Florida's High Tech Corridor, close to over 5,000 technological companies and NASA Kennedy Space Center. The region also boasts year-round subtropical weather and 72 miles of Atlantic Coast beaches. The campus is minutes from the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River Lagoon, and just a short drive from Central Florida tourist attractions.
All of this combines to make Florida Tech the physics college of choice.