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

Sam Jenkins ’19 receives top American Astronomical Society award

Jenkins was one of four undergraduate students nationally to receive the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award at the society’s recent annual meeting in Denver.       


Students honored at Physics and Engineering awards banquet

On Tuesday, May 8, physics and engineering students and faculty gathered to celebrate the culmination of the academic year.

Arts & Sciences alumni recognized

Three outstanding alumni from Elon College, the College of Arts & Sciences, were honored Thursday at an annual awards celebration.

Richardson visits Congress to advocate for astronomy

Assistant Professor of Physics Chris Richardson was invited to Washington D.C. on behalf of the American Astronomical Society to advocate for astronomy in meetings with senators and representatives.

Making in the Classroom: How faculty incorporate the Maker Hub into lesson plans

Kyle Altmann,  associate professor of physics, shares how he uses the Maker Hub to teach his students the importance of making in and out of the classroom.