Sustainable Food and Renewable Energy in Florence, Italy

Physics and Astronomy faculty members, Ms. Carla Ramsdell and Dr. Courtney McGahee, led a group of students abroad in Florence, Italy in May. While ab...

Kara Snow shows how getting a head start in research pays off

Honors first year student Kara Snow from Raleigh, NC, has been selected as a North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Women in Science Scholar. ...

Student Spotlight: Joshua Edgerton

MS Engineering Physics student, Joshua Edgerton, has been selected for induction into the Cratis D. William's Society of Outstanding Graduates of the ...


The departmental curriculum combines fundamental physics courses with hands-on laboratory training and research projects. We have a dedicated faculty and staff that support such student participation with state-of-the-art research laboratories, observatories and other educational programs that will enhance the students' future professional prospects.

The flexibility of the curriculum permits interdisciplinary exploration, not only among the physics and astronomy disciplines, but also the other STEM fields such as biology, chemistry, geology, environmental sciences, mathematics and computer science. 

We expect our curriculum to result in physics graduates who are capable of applying and adapting their undergraduate education in a variety of scientific, teaching or engineering professions, as well as future educational endeavors.

Department Vision Statement

Our vision is to further the legacy of excellence in undergraduate teaching, continue the development of graduate programs, and grow scholarship that will position our department faculty and graduates as leaders in their respective fields. Please follow this link for more details on our department's mission.