Physics provides a foundation of crucial ideas for other scientific fields, and many of the underpinnings of modern technology.  Research in the field focuses on new phenomena occurring on scales ranging from the subatomic to the cosmic. Many physicists collaborate across disciplines working with biologists, chemists, engineers, geologists, and mathematicians.

Physics offers environmentally minded students the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the principles at the core of environmental and climate science.  Those interested in renewable energy can benefit from courses on electromagnetism, thermodynamics and the physics of energy.  Physics concentrators will also be introduced to nano-science; a field pushing boundaries in order to help solve numerous environmental problems. There are many outstanding research opportunities available to physics students. For example, Brown research teams work on nano-science projects that could lead to new technologies and apply physics principles to climate modeling.