Students at Elon University learn physics by doing physics. Our department offers two distinct degrees: a bachelor of science for students interested in becoming professional physicists and a bachelor of arts for those that wish to explore the intersection between physics and our society.
All first-year physics majors are encouraged to begin working with a professor to develop their research skills. Freshmen also learn the basics of mechanics and electricity in an integrated lecture/lab classroom. During their second year, majors apply these new skills to problems in astrophysics, optics and special relativity. Junior physics majors cultivate a more scholarly approach to research, working in teams in our lab/seminar course. Before graduating, students planning a career in physics conduct an independent research project and explore the sophisticated ideas of quantum mechanics and electromagnetic field theory.
Ben Evans, assistant professor of physics, has been awarded patent #8,586,368 for a medical diagnostic device which measures blood coagulation.
Amy Heaton, Sarah Woidill and Anna Lewis have been selected to participate in Elon's Noyce Scholars Program, which comes with a $21,900 scholarship for each of their final two years at the university.
Seven faculty members will take part in a program that will allow them to incorporate or enhance a focus on sustainable principles and practices in their courses.
Mentors for the GSK Women in Science Scholars Program connected with their mentees and visited a biotechnology class on Nov. 5.
Hill, a longtime university supporter, currently serves as president of the Elon Alumni Board; Deatsch will serve a two-year term as a youth trustee.