App State senior and former market analyst awarded NC Space Grant

After more than a decade in retail management and marketing analytics, Jordan Greene returned to college and shifted his focus to the skies. He enroll...

Spotlight: Daniel Ingram

Recently, the department said farewell to Daniel Ingram as he moved on to a new chapter in his career. Ingram received a BS in Physics and an MS in En...

App State student sets his research sights out of this world through NC Space Grant

When Nathaniel Scott first toured Appalachian State University as a prospective student, he had an experience that would alter the course of his life....


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.

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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.