About Physics

As the most fundamental of sciences, physics deals with energy in all its forms: with the interactions of matter and energy, with the structure of matter and with energy-transforming processes. At Wofford there are two tracks offered in physics, the pre-professional track and the industry and education track.

Professor Mackay Salley

Meet Dr. Mackay Salley

Dr. Mackay Salley, professor and chair of physics, also advises the pre-engineering program. A 1995 Wofford graduate, he teaches both first-year students and majors. Salley enjoys working with Wofford students on undergraduate research projects and traveling and studying with them during the college’s January Interim.

Brian Claytor

Meet Brian Claytor ’18

After graduating cum laude in 2018 with a degree  in physics, Brian Claytor began pursuing an M.S. in aerospace engineering sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. “The Wofford physics department prepared me for graduate school and a career in aerospace engineering by exposing me to a wide variety of topics within physics,” he says. Claytor plans to work to support astronauts with their surface operations after graduating from graduate school.

Physics students have completed post-graduate studies at:

Boston University
Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Clemson University
Colorado State University
Columbia University
East Virginia Medical School
Florida State
Fordham Law
Georgia Institute of Technology
Louisiana State University
Marquette University
Medical University of South Carolina
North Carolina State University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
University of Alabama
University of Baltimore School of Law
University of Georgia
University of North Carolina
University of Oklahoma
University of South Carolina
University of Texas at Austin
Washington University