News

CAS Associate Dean returns to Physics and Astronomy Department as Chair

The Physics and Astronomy department says a huge congratulations and good luck to the class of 2018! We are sad to see you leave our halls but so exci...

Michael Briley

Chair steps down to join the ranks of faculty

On June 29, the Physics and Astronomy department will say goodbye to Dr. Michael Briley as department chair and welcome him full-time to the ranks of ...

Students participating in SumoBot 2018

Watauga SumoBot 2018

On Saturday, April 14 the Watauga SumBot competition was held in Appalachian State University's Holmes Convocation Center."Robotic sumo is a competiti...

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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.