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  • Wolfgang Christian in the classroom

    Physics majors progress through quantum and advanced mechanics, astrophysics, and special topics with opportunities for independent study and primary research.

  • Physics graduate Tom Marshburn '82 with students

    Physics graduate Tom Marshburn '82 visits with students after returning from the International Space Station as part of the Endeavor shuttle crew. 

  • Star gazing students

    Astrophysics minors apply principles necessary to understand how astronomers observe and interpret phenomena.


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Box 7133
Davidson, NC 28035

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209 Ridge Road
Davidson, NC 28035

Physics Department

The Physics Department offers a full range of courses toward a major in physics, and excellent opportunities to participate in research efforts with faculty, an opportunity that is typically only available in a setting the size of Davidson.

Because physics is a fundamental natural science—linking science, mathematics, and philosophy—a major in physics provides a natural cornerstone for a well-rounded liberal arts education. 

From the first X-ray detection in the U.S. and the first medical use of X-rays (1896) and the creation of Sigma Pi Sigma (1921), the Physics Honor Society, to today's cutting-edge research and pedagogy, Physics at Davidson has always been exciting and challenging.

If you would like to tour our facilities, including our labs and classes, please contact Prof. Mario Belloni at