Elon, NC 27244
Physics is the great intellectual web that underlies our understanding of the universe. Not only is a background in physics fundamental for all scientists, it also develops a powerful set of mental tools that are invaluable in any field. Our majors pursue research into the mysteries of deep space, the subatomic world and also the fascinating physics of everyday objects. But they are also successful in business, engineering and a myriad of other careers thanks to the quality of mind that they develop while studying the most profound and engaging material of physics.
One of the great strengths of Elon's physics program is our close working relationship between faculty and students. All students are encouraged to be involved in research activities. Currently, these include a study of particle physics, the microscopic properties of crystals, simulation of mechanical and dynamical systems, the history and philosophy of science, and many other projects. We are an interdisciplinary department with experience in neuroscience, computational theory, engineering, astronomy, geology and environmental studies. Majors and minors can expect a diverse and interesting range of opportunities for course work and research, both within the traditional realm of physics and across disciplinary boundaries.
Our major course of study begins with a three-semester sequence that ranges from mechanics through electricity to basic nuclear physics and particle theory. Building on this base, we offer courses in the advanced theory of electromagnetic phenomena, the mysterious world of quantum mechanics and a wide range of other topical courses including classical mechanics, mathematical physics, circuit design, thermodynamics, field theory, statistical mechanics, etc.
The Department of Physics offers B.A., B.S. and Physics Engineering degrees as well as a minor in physics. All students interested in majoring or minoring in physics should take PHY 113 in the fall semester of their freshman year.
If you are fascinated by the mysteries of the universe and excited by observation, problem solving and creative thought, then the Department of Physics is the place for you.
(Photo credit - above: NASA - Hubble Space Telescope)