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

Noyce Program accepting applications for $43,000+ scholarships & paid summer internships

The Elon Noyce Scholars Program is accepting scholarship applications from current sophomores who are interested in becoming K-12 science or math teachers, and current first years who are interested in STEM fields.

Undergraduate researchers from Physics, Engineering, and Chemistry present at an international biophysics conference

Matt Bausch ’16, Aaron Neaves ’16, and David Han ’17 presented at the 59 Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society in Baltimore, Maryland, February 8-11.

Pranab Das writes about vaccination and pollution in Winston-Salem Journal

A column titled "Vaccines, school contamination and the science of complex systems" appeared in the Feb. 13 edition of the Winston-Salem Journal.

Elon senior uses Lumen Prize to write first novel

Brianna Duff used the university's top award for undergraduate research and creative achievement to combine her love of physics and writing into a story driven by scientific principles.

Scott Wolter receives Duke University/Department of Homeland Security grant