Physics

Eric Goff with studentsMany of the most profound understandings of the natural world and the universe have come from physicists. We offer both a major (BS) and minor in physics.

Our dual-degree engineering program allows students to complete a physics major at LC and pursue an engineering degree at Old Dominion University or the University of Virginia.

What Will I Study?

Physics fuses theoretical, experimental, and computational techniques. Principles of physics set in a rigorous mathematical framework are the foundations of the major. All majors complete research projects before they graduate. Some students have published papers with faculty in internationally respected peer-reviewed journals.

What Kind of Job Can I Get?

Physics majors are well-suited for a variety of advanced degrees or jobs in:

  • Engineering
  • Industry
  • Teaching
  • Government
  • Research

What Are Some of Our Graduates Doing?

  • Engineer, Areva
  • Post - Doctorate Associate, Carnegie Institution of Washington
  • Senior Analyst, Ecotope, Inc.
  • Lieutenant, junior officer, United States Navy

Read more about our graduates. 

Our Research

We are committed to a strong research presence at Lynchburg College. All of our majors complete research projects before they graduate. Some of our students have published papers with us in internationally respected peer-reviewed journals.

  • Book cover: Gold Medal Physics: The Science of Sports, by John Eric GoffJohn Eric Goff performs theoretical and computational investigations in a few different areas. Projects Eric has guided students through include computational statistical mechanics, chaotic orbits, fluid flows around barriers, coupled oscillators, and quantum wave-packet propagation. Eric has also researched with students in the area of sports physics. Eric spent the 2008-09 academic year at the University of Sheffield in England carrying out experimental and theoretical investigations into soccer physics. Eric has contributed to The Wall Street Journal sports articles; he has been interviewed by various radio stations, including NPR; and his research has been the subject of articles around the world.

Contact Us

The Lynchburg College Physics Department is located on the fourth floor of Hobbs Hall. Please drop us an email or call 434.544.8856 if you have any questions.