Student Spotlight: Hengming Li

Hengming Li, a Master's student working with Dr. Amet, has had two recent publications on the study of electronic and thermal properties of mater...

Student Spotlight: Steven Poche

Steven Poche is an undergraduate student working with Dr. Amet who has just received an Undergraduate Research Assistantship (URA). When asked to elab...

Students from the Department Work for Start Up Company

Three of our students, Jeff Miller, Ross Robertson, and Greg Rapp, began working at a start up company named Pneuma Respiratory as engineering technic...


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.