How to Apply

Considering physics at Appalachian? Here are a few useful links for prospecting students:

Undergraduate Minors

Astronomy Minor

Physics Minor

Undergraduate Emphasis Options

Major program tracks in the Department of Physics & Astronomy include:

  1. B.S. in Physics with a concentration in Applied Physics
  2. B.S. in Physics - Secondary Education
  3. B.A. in Physics 
  4. Pre-engineering for students interested in transferring
  5. A dual - degree with North Carolina State University 

Along with the basic requirements for our undergraduate degree options, students have the opportunity to select emphasis areas including, among others, the topics listed below (check the emphasis options link for a full list).

  • Astronomy 
  • Automation and Instrumentation
  • Interdisciplinary: Chemistry Focus
  • Interdisciplinary: Computer Science Focus
  • Interdisciplinary: Geology Focus
  • Interdisciplinary: Mathematics Focus
  • Interdisciplinary: Statistics Focus
  • Interdisciplinary: Medical Physics
  • Interdisciplinary: Biology Focus

Graduate Degree

Engineering Physics: Master of Science (MS)

The program offers three concentrations:

  • Systems and Laboratory Automation – designed for the student who is interested in working in a technical environment with a focus on automation, instrumentation and electronics.
  • Professional Science Master’s (PSM) in Instrumentation and Automation – a nationally affiliated degree designed for the student who is interested in developing skills in electronics, instrumentation and automation as well as acquiring business and workplace skills.
  • Professional Science Master’s (PSM) in Nanoscience for Advanced Materials – a nationally affiliated degree designed for the student who is interested in developing skills in electronics, microscopy, nanotechnology and materials as well as acquiring business and workplace skills.

Graduate Bulletin

Graduate School

Graduate Minor

Engineering Physics Graduate Minor

Graduate School

Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies

Accelerated Masters Program

The Accelerated admissions program allows students to obtain both a BS in Physics and an MS in Engineering Physics in as little as five years. Students with 90 credit hours (typically completed by the end of sophomore year) and a minimum GPA of 3.4 are eligible to be nominated for the program. In the last two years of study, students take 12 credit hours of graduate level coursework counting toward both the BS and MS degree, allowing them to complete the MS degree in just one additional year.

Accelerated admissions students complete an undergraduate degree in physics, typically with an emphasis in electronics and automation. Upon entry into the MS program students have the option to focus on an MS in systems and laboratory automation, or a PSM in either instrumentation and automation or nanoscience for advanced materials. Both the BS and MS program are nationally ranked by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) as one of the largest physics programs in the country. Despite being a large program, faculty in the Physics and Astronomy Department still work individually with students outside the classroom to help them with their coursework, engage in community outreach, and on faculty led research projects.

Our MS Engineering graduates tend to have tremendous flexibility and value as they bridge the gap between scientists, engineers, and technicians. Students have been hired as electrical engineers and automation engineers at companies such as Verizon, the Naval Research Center, Gemini South Observatory, Rovisys, Fast Enterprises, CITI, SpaceX, Exxon Mobil, NASA, CERN, Motorola, AT&T, and others. The American Physical Society (APS) reports that MS graduates earn on average $15k more a year. Over the last several years, our MS graduates average a $73k starting salary.