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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.

Questions about Physics degree programs:
Cynthia Galovich
(970) 351 2079
Questions about the Astronomy program:
Charles Kuehn
(970) 351 2561


  • Congratulations 2023 UNC Physics & Astronomy Grads!!

    UNC Physics & Astronomy Graduates 2023

    Congratulations to our 2023 UNC Physics & Astronomy Graduates!! L-R: Fernando Gonzalez, Evander Espinoza, Harrison Massengale, Sarah Davis, Bobbie Brackett, Kyria Smith, Hope Dannar (not pictured: Abe Granberg).
  • UNC Physics Presentations at the 2023 Colorado Space Grant Consortium Meeting

    UNC Physics Hope Evan COSGC

    UNC Physics majors Hope Dannar and Evan Garneau presented their work at the 2023 Colorado Space Grant Consortium Meeting in Boulder, CO.
  • New Publication in the Astrophysics Journal

    UNC Astro Lazarova APJ

    Prof. Lazarova's paper has been accepted for publication in the Astrophysics Journal. In this work, they used the Hubble Space Telescope to look at the morphologies of a sample of rare quasars (exhibiting very fast winds) and discovered that they are mostly found in merging galaxies. One possible explanation hints at a connection between galaxy mergers and the triggering of fast accretion onto the central supermassive black holes in galaxies, which in turn may drive fast winds and affect the growth of the galaxy itself.
  • 2023 Academic Scholar Awards

    UNC Physics Astronomy ASA

    Congratulations to Sarah Davis, the 2023 UNC Physics & Astronomy Acadamic Scholar Award winner! Pictured here with Prof. Charles Kuehn.
  • Comet Viewing Event
    UNC Physics & Astronomy Comet Viewing Event
  • American Geophysical Union Conference Presentation

    UNC Physics Sarah Davis at AGU

    UNC senior physics major Sarah Davis presented her work on solar eclipses at the American Geophysical Union conference held in Chicago.

Bears Go Big

UNC Bears go out into the world to do BIG and significant work. Meet Adam Wilson, Founder of Sphero and a 2010 UNC Physics Alum.

UNC helped me prepare for my success [and] gave me the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research.

See other Bears going big.