The Department of Physics and Astronomy

We provide students a complete and rigorous undergraduate education in physics culminating in a Bachelor of Science degree. Our curriculum provides the ideal preparation for physics or engineering graduate school, careers in scientific research, or professions as educators. We are a dedicated faculty that is passionate about teaching and we are committed to the meaningful involvement of undergraduates in research. With small class sizes and varied research opportunities, we offer a unique learning opportunity for students interested in the natural sciences. 


Physics & Astronomy Seminar
Friday, March 24 @3:30pm, Ross 0220

"Electromagnetic Launching Technology"
Robert Ensley, UNC Physics
"Examining the Chaotic Dynamics of a Swirling Flame Caused by Changes in Gravity"
Juan Avina, UNC Physics

UNC Physics presented their work on "Postural Control: A Study of One-Legged Stance" at the Dynamics Days 2017 conference held in Silver Spring, MD.

UNC Dynamics Days

Congrats to our Fall 2016 UNC Physics grads (L-R): Derek Bernard, Veronica Buchanan, Shelby Burns, Carolyn Shaw (Math), Stefan Lamb.

UNC Physics Grads Fall 2016

UNC Physics presented work on "Ionization dynamics in intense two-color circularly polarized laser fields" and "Surface profilometry using vortex beams" at the OSA Frontiers in Optics conference in Rochester, NY.

UNC Physics FiO 2016

UNC Physics teamed up with CU-Boulder, publishing their recent work on "Controlling Nonsequential Double Ionization in Two-Color Circularly Polarized Femtosecond Laser Fields" in Physical Review Letters.

UNC Physics PRL Fig1

UNC Physics presented their work on "Can a Nonverbal Intelligence Test Predict FCI Performance" at the AAPT Summer Meeting in Sacramento, CA.

UNC Physics AAPT 2016

UNC Physics presented their work on "RR Lyrae Stars in M4" at the Kepler Asteroseismic Science Consortium Conference held in the Azores.

UNC Physics Kepler Poster

Zach Armstrong

Congratulations to Zach Armstrong (UNC Physics Alumn and Greeley West high school science teacher) for being named one of nine nationwide PhysTEC teachers of the year!


"Quantum" Drops

UNC Physics Movie Trailer


Physics Alumn on BattleBots