The A.B. in Astronomy is suitable for students with interests in other fields who wish to cultivate the ability to ask critical questions about the universe and a solid understanding of phenomena that governs it.
Please contact Chris Richardson if you have an interest in pursuing a major in astronomy.
* It is recommended that all Astronomy A.B. majors enroll in Planetary Astronomy (PHY 204) in the first semester of their first year.
The Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics degree is appropriate for students interested in graduate school or in pursuing careers in fields that require strong computational and technological skills.
Please contact Chris Richardson if you have an interest in pursuing a major in astrophysics.
- * It is recommended that all Astrophysics B.S. majors enroll in Planetary Astronomy (PHY 204) and University Physics I (PHY 221) in the first semester of their first year.
A major in Biophysics is appropriate for students interested applying tools and techniques from Physics to solve interdisciplinary problems in the biomedical sciences. It prepares students well for graduate work in biomedical engineering, biophysics, or medical school. The Biophysics B.S. is currently available as an independent major.
Please contact Ben Evans if you have an interest in pursuing a major in biophysics.
The A.B. in Physics is suitable for students with interests in other fields who wish to develop strong critical thinking skills and a solid understanding of the most foundational science.
The Bachelor of Science in Physics degree is appropriate for students interested in graduate school or in pursuing careers in physics or other technical fields.
Engineering Physics B.S.
The engineering physics major is designed to function with Elon’s 3-2 engineering program. Students receive a B.S. from Elon in Engineering Physics and a B.S. in engineering from an affiliated engineering school.
Engineers have the opportunity to be of profound service to humanity. Engineering means problem solving. Through the application of mathematics and science, an engineer may be solving problems dealing with energy, space exploration, environmental issues, product manufacturing, construction or any number of interesting areas of study. Possible engineering disciplines include aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, industrial engineering, materials science engineering, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering and textile engineering.
Science Education Secondary Science Comprehensive Physics A.B.
The Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Studies, in cooperation with the Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education, offer programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Science Education with Secondary Science Comprehensive Licensure in the areas of biology, chemistry, environmental science and physics.
This licensure program prepares teachers for careers in high school teaching across the different science disciplines. The program emphasizes practical hands-on experience in classrooms, educational theory and pedagogy as well as a breadth and depth of science content knowledge. The program culminates with a full semester of teaching in a high school setting.
The physics minor is suitable for students with interests in other fields who wish to develop strong critical thinking skills and a solid understanding of the most foundational science.
The Minor in Astronomy provides a coherent course of study and in-depth experience in the sciences that is accessible to students with limited previous scientific training. It will provide an essential foundation for studying the context of the Earth in the cosmos, through to the formation of stars, galaxies, and the universe itself. This minor would be a great complement for a communications major (interested in science journalism), a physics major (interested in astrophysics), or anyone with a passion for astronomy.
Please contact Chris Richardson if you have an interest in pursuing a minor in astronomy.