Students at Elon University learn physics by doing physics. Our department, along with the engineering program, offers four distinct physics degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Physics for students interested in becoming professional physicists,a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics for students interested in becoming engineers, a Bachelor of Arts in Science Education Comprehensive Physics and a Bachelor of Arts in Physics for those that wish to explore the intersection between physics and our society. Our department also offers minors in both Astronomy and Physics for students with a casual interest in these fields. 

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.

Physics News

Neil deGrasse Tyson weaves humor with wisdom in Q&A

The famed astrophysicist took questions from Elon University students on Thursday in a Whitley Auditorium program where he advised his audience not to “ever shortchange your curiosity for the promise of money” as they pursue their life passions.

Renowned scientist encourages Elon audience to seek objective truths

Astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson headlined Spring Convocation on April 2, 2015, with a passionate defense of science, an analysis of what drives people to accomplish great feats, and advice to students for being lifelong learners.

Students and faculty participate in physics conference

Elon Lumen Scholar Helen Meskhidze '16 and Associate Professor Anthony Crider each presented at a regional meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers at Wake Forest University from March 27-28.

Research team including John Tumbleston '06 receives national media attention

Former physics and science education major John Tumbleston ’06 is part of a team whose work on a highly innovative new process for rapid 3D printing was published in Science. 

Chris Richardson and student speak at astronomy event

Chris Richardson, assistant professor of physics, and Maria Temming ’16, Elon Honors Fellow, each described their research during the annual Triad Starfest, a meeting of professional and amateur astronomers at Guilford Technical Community College.