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

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.

Crider delivers keynote on virtual reality in higher education at Serious Play Conference

Tony Crider, associate professor of physics, described how student testing could be done using virtual reality at the July 18 conference in Washington, D.C.

Crider, alumna co-author article on interest in virtual worlds

The article by Associate Professor of Physics Tony Crider and Elon University iMedia alumnus Jessica Torrez-Riley ’12 appeared in the most recent volume of Journal of Virtual Worlds Research. 


The Eclipse at Elon: University community prepares to experience astronomic phenomenon

Elon is offering resources and glasses to allow people to safely view the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, which will be close to a total eclipse at Elon with the moon blocking 93 percent of the sun at 2:43 p.m.

Students recognized at physics and engineering banquet

On Tuesday May 8, physics and engineering students and faculty sat down together for the annual banquet and award ceremony.