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Harry Ellis
Professor of Physics

Eckerd College
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

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Why Transfer to Eckerd College?

At Eckerd College, an institution with less than two thousand students, the atmosphere and environment allow individuals to flourish in a small-group cohesive environment. We typically graduate three to five physics majors a year and usually one or two of them are transfers who were "lost in the shuffle" at larger institutions. We, the physics faculty, are amazed at how easily the transfer student finds her niche in our program. The coursework is rigorous, yet flexible; upper-level classes have typically five to eight students and even the introductory physics classes has only about twenty. The faculty-student interaction is thus elevated: more office hours, smaller seminars, discipline get-togethers, they all provide the student opportunity to assert themselves and strengthen the Eckerd physics community at the same time. Transfer students are quickly assigned a faculty mentor who help them design their course plan and answer their questions. This process has fluidity as many students chat on an informal basis with their faculty mentor on a weekly basis. We also believe in the importance of research experience. Through both internal and external grants we are able to provide research opportunities to many of our students over the summer. This research often continues for coursework credit during the academic year.

If you have any questions about this process please feel free to contact us -- the more you tell us about your situation the better. We would be happy to talk on the phone, arrange a campus visit, facilitate communication with present students and alumni. We hope to hear from you soon!

An ancient African folk tale tells of a conversation between a lioness and a female hyena, both of whom had recently given birth. The mother hyena made fun of the lioness: "Why is it that you give birth to only ONE cub at a time? When I give birth, it is to five or even six pups!"

The mother lioness responded: "It is true that my babies come only one at a time. But, when I give birth, it is to a LION."

Like the lioness, our physics program at Eckerd College produces fewer graduates than some other majors. But our physics graduates tend to stand out in their professional lives. We are extremely proud of their record, and plan to equip our current and future students with the same level of preparation, so that we can be equally proud of their future accomplishments.

Modern Physics Class

Physics Majors

Physics majors are problem-solvers who can create and manipulate quantitative models of real-world systems. When these skills are combined with other fruits of a high-quality liberal arts education, the physics graduate is well equipped to become a true innovator in our world.

The James Center

Center for Molecular and Life Sciences

Equipped with the latest in eco-conscious innovations, educational technology and scientific instrumentation, the James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences will advance our efforts to prepare tomorrow’s leaders in the sciences, and will quickly become the hub of the Natural Sciences at Eckerd College. Discover the James Center.