About the program

Matter, energy, space and time.... Physics provides a rich framework for appreciating the universe as well as a system for explaining the phenomena within it.

Why study physics at Roanoke?

  • Find a community of thinkers. Physics at Roanoke offers close-knit community, challenging coursework and the opportunity for genuine scientific investigation.
  • Reach out. Physics impacts discoveries in astronomy, engineering, chemistry, mathematics, geology and biology. Students are encouraged to pursue meaningful connections across the curriculum.
  • Dig in. Whether you are a first-year student or an upper-level minor in physics, research experiences with individual faculty mentors abound. Physics majors receive credit and/or funding for completing research projects.

Explore physics firsthand

There are many opportunities for firsthand learning in the physics major:

  • Research
  • Independent Study
  • Internships
  • Intensive Learning

What's next?

Graduates in physics prosper in the employment market and graduate school programs-with recent students going on to excel in engineering, computer science, law and of course, physics. Learn more.

Program requirements

Roanoke students use creativity, math and problem-solving skills to design optimal brownie pan

Roanoke students use creativity, math and problem-solving skills to design optimal brownie pan

This year's team of Ed Hrinya, Jared Meadows and Kat Jansen received the second highest ranking of Meritorious, which placed them in the top 1 percent internationally in the Mathematical Competition in Modeling.

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What Students Say

"The close relationship between students and faculty at Roanoke allows professors to address specific topics that match a student's interests. Rather than being a vague face in a sea of students, each student receives personal attention-creating an excellent classroom environment and allowing for valuable research experiences."

- Jake Bennett, University of Indiana, Physics & Astronomy PhD Candidate, High Energy Physics