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.
Daniel Herr, a researcher at the N.C. A&T State University and UNC Greensboro Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, visited campus on Sept. 15 as the first guest this fall of the Voices of Discovery Science Speaker Series.
Professor Pranab Das writes in regional newspapers about the missed opportunity for reasoned debates and conversations on the nature of human life in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision on Hobby Lobby, insurance and birth control.