ELON UNIVERSITY PHYSICS DEPARTMENT is characterized by: an innovative curriculum where students learn physics by doing physics, a strong student-centered undergraduate research program, and a commitment to community outreach at the local, national, and international level. Our department, along with the engineering program, offers several undergraduate pathways for students who have an interest in physics, along with courses for students who are interested in physics and astronomy but focus their academic pursuits primarily on other disciplines. Our physics graduates have followed a wide range career paths including graduate programs in physics, engineering, medical physics, biological sciences, astronomy, computer science, and management; other alumni enjoy employment as technical specialists, business analysts, engineers, project managers, secondary school teachers, among others. Current students are welcomed into a friendly and supportive academic and social environment, with an active Society of Physics Students Club and the Engineering Club.

IMAGINE yourself in courses that use inventive approaches to teaching and learning; imagine engaging in cutting edge research already in your first year; imagine presenting your work at local, national, and international conferences; imagine a friendly atmosphere where you freely interact with students and professors; imagine supporting science literacy with kids near the university and at locations across the world; imagine being part of an active physics student group that sponsors social and academic events.

PLEASE EXPLORE the Physics Department website and if you have questions or would like to schedule a visit please email Dr. Martin Kamela, Chair of the department: mkamela@elon.edu

Physics News

Physics and Engineering banquet held Dec. 7

Physics and engineering students and faculty gathered Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, on the last day of classes for the annual end of semester banquet.

Alumna, Richardson co-author peer-reviewed article on starburst galaxies

Elon University physics major Helen Meskhidze '16 co-authored a research publication with Assistant Professor of Physics Chris Richardson for the journal Astrophysics and Space Science

Elon alumnus is making waves in Silicon Valley

John Tumbleston ’06 is helping attract Elon alumni talent to the global center of the tech industry.


Two Elon faculty featured in ACUE online course on effective teaching

The Association of College & University Educators selected two Elon faculty from the College of Arts & Sciences to include in their online Course in Effective Teaching Practices, which features 22 experts in college instruction and showcases footage of exemplary instruction by 52 faculty members across colleges and universities nationwide. 

Teachers become students through Elon's STEM workshops

About 60 area teachers will attend workshops at Elon centered around innovative ways to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics to K-12 students.