Job Opportunities in Physics and Astronomy at Appalachian

The Physics and Astronomy Department at Appalachian State University is currently seeking applicants for two tenure-track positions, one in in Experimental Condensed Matter physics and one in Experimental Optics. In addition, we are also searching for an Astronomy Laboratory Director


Student Spotlight: Bradley Fletcher and Sophia Woznichakchak

ASU physics majors, Sophia Woznichak and Bradley Fletcher, presented their undergraduate research work at the Sixth Annual NC Photochemistry Symposium...

The Chancellor Lends a Hand Making Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream at the Community FEaST!

AppalFRESH, the Appalachian Food Research for Equity Sustainability and Health Collaborative, hosted the third annual Community FEaST (Food ...

2019–20 Fulbright awardee Dr. Richard Gray to ‘unite the sky’ through astronomical partnership with South Africa’s UFS

Check out this awesome article about Dr. Gray's new project: "Uniting the Sky: An Astronomical Partnership with the University of the Free State.”...


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

The mission of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Appalachian State University is to deliver nationally recognized scientific education and research to a diverse student body. Our department secures sustainable resources, and our faculty and staff strive to remain at the cutting edge of their respective fields, in order to provide a diverse student body with scientific training through impactful research opportunities, high quality lectures, and cutting-edge experiential learning. This combination empowers students to have careers that make productive, enduring contributions to the fields of physics and astronomy applicable to the Appalachian region, the state, and the world. Please follow this link for more details on our department's mission.