Department of Physics & 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.
An article by Prof. Semak of Physics & Astronomy, his student Jeremiah Schwartz, and Prof. Heise of Sport & Exercise Science on "Examining Human Unipedal Quiet Stance: Characterizing Control Through Jerk" has been published in the journal Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine.
Explore Science: Earth & Space
Professor Lazarova and her Astronomy 100 students hosted close to one hundred 4th graders from Scott Elementary school for an exciting day of astronomy-related hands-on activities. Participants had a chance to (safely) explore the surface of the Sun, discover how light interacts with matter, visualize our expanding universe, witness how Einstein described gravity, learn how craters form, and much more!
UNC Physics major Jace Bobo poses with a proud mom and dad and an excited Prof. Chaloupka after a stunning Bears Football win. Jace stopped a fourth quarter Idaho drive with a play-of-the-game interception, setting up the Bears for the game-winning field goal. Go UNC Physics and Go Bears!!
Prof. Kuehn and collaborators recently published an article in the journal Acta Astronomica on Variable Stars in M13. III. The Cepheid Variables and their Relation to Evolutionary Changes in Metal-poor BL Her Stars.