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  • Collaborative Research

    Students and faculty members engage in collaborative research projects both during the academic year and over the summer. Recent examples of faculty research topics with students include: astrophysics, atomic, molecular, and optical physics, condensed matter physics, energy technology, high-energy and nuclear physics, quantum physics, and 3D X-radiography.

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    Students in Prof. Kuchera's lab
  • Facilities and Equipment

    Our laboratory spaces are equipped for hands-on learning and cutting-edge research in computational, experimental, observational and theoretical physics. We offer students opportunities to work with state-of-the-art computation and lab instrumentation throughout the curriculum, and especially when doing research.

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    A profressor and student in the Physics Lab
  • Engineering

    Our 3/2 engineering dual-degree program offers students the opportunity to pursue engineering after Davidson. The program also provides opportunities for application-based independent studies and research in such fields as automotive, structural and aeronautical engineering, energy technology, non-destructive imaging of art and artifacts, and the physics of archery.

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    Students and professors visit a nearby wind tunnel
  • Award-Winning Physics Society

    Davidson's Society of Physics Students (SPS) is very active and engaged, planning outreach and other events both on and off campus. The group has won numerous Outstanding Chapter Awards and multiple Davidson students have served on the SPS National Council.

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    Students on campus with protective glasses during the eclipse
  • After Davidson

    Davidson physics majors have pursued graduate study in fields such as physics, engineering, medical physics, medicine, business, statistics, law, economics, philosophy, among others. Students have been employed in a wide variety of positions including teachers, engineers, radiologists, computer programmers, technical salespeople, patent lawyers, and even an astronaut.

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    Astronaut Tom Marshburn '82 floating in space wearing Davidson t-shirt


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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