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


NREIP Naval Research Labs internship recipients for 2020

Appalachian State Engineering Physics graduate students Brandon Schwartz and Jon Tate are recipients of the 2020 NREIP (Naval Research Enterprise Inte...

SPS Names Physics and Astronomy Club "2018-2019 Outstanding Chapter"

Congratulations to the Physics and Astronomy Club for being named by SPS National as a 2018-2019 Outstanding Chapter! Out of almost 830 chapters,...

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jim Sherman

Dr. James (Jim) Sherman, Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, serves as Senior Research Scientist at Appalachian Atmospheric Int...


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.