The Departmental of Physics 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.


Dr. Richard Gray, professor emeritus in Appalachian State University's Department of Physics and Astronomy

Dr. Richard Gray's "Birds of Boyden" exhibit on display at Boyden Observatory

Associate Professor Richard Gray from Appalachian State University, who spent six months at the observatory, has captured the beauty of 82 bird specie...

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Appalachian State University

Department earns Physics & Astronomy SEA Change Bronze Award

Appalachian State University Physics Department has earned a Bronze Award from the Physics and Astronomy SEA Change Committee (P/A SEA Change) for the...

Welcome Dr. Madeline Hinckle

We are thrilled to announce that our new Teacher In Residence will be Dr. Madeline Hinckle!Madeline earned her Bachelor's degree in physics from UNC C...

Linderich Rides with Team Sunergy

Graduate student, Jonathan Linderich from Stuttgart, Germany, will be riding in the Team Sunergy car as they head to Bowling Green KY, Nashv...

Dr. Daniel Caton, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Appalachian State University

Dr. Daniel Caton discusses the Brown Mountain Lights on the Atlas Obscura Podcast

Amidst the majestic peaks of Brown Mountain in North Carolina lies a phenomenon that defies explanation. Join Dan Caton, an astronomer and astrophysic...