Introducing: Ms. Bridgette Triplett

Ms. Bridgette Triplett has taken a part time position in the main office of the Physics and Astronomy department. She was born and raised here in Boon...

Student Spotlight: Hengming Li

This summer, student Hengming Li has been working at NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Boulder. He has spent his time conducting r...

Interview with Local High School Physics Teacher: Tom Brown

Tom Brown is the physics teacher at Watagua High School here in Boone. As a high school teacher, Brown has the ability to influence young minds and en...


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.