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COVID-19: News and Campus Updates

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


2022 UNC Physics & Astronomy graduates

Nico Alvarado, Jace Bobo, Mitchell Dack, Caspian Farrell,
Tyler Lawson, Alejandro Munoz, and Adam Ontiveros


  • Colorado Space Grant Symposium

    UNC Physics & Astronomy Space Grant Symposium

    UNC Physics & Astronomy students presented their work at the 2022 Colorado Space Grant Symposium. Evander Espinoza, Tyler Lawson, Hope Dannar, Sarah Davis, and Adam Ontiveros were joined by Prof. Semak at the meeting at CU Boulder. Hope Dannar won an award for best poster in her category!
  • UNC Research Day

    UNC Physics Research Day 2022

    UNC Physics & Astronomy majors Sarah Davis, Mitch Dack, Nico Alvarado, Caspian Farrell, and Evander Espinoza presented their work at the 2022 UNC Research Day.
  • Physics & Foam Event

    2022 UNC Physics & Foam

    Prof. Engstrom delivered a presentation on The Physics of Exotic Materials at Loveland Aleworks.
  • UNC New Project Proposal Grant Awarded
    A UNC New Project Proposal grant has been awarded to Prof. Engstrom for his work on "Morphogenesis of the Retinal Fovea and Pseudo-fovea."
  • Astronomy Family Night at Poudre Learning Center

    UNC Astro Family Night Poudre Learning Center

    Prof. Lazarova led a team of intrepid student volunteers at an Astronomy Family Night held at the Poudre Learning Center. Evander Espinoza, Hope Dannar, Sarah Davis, Adam Ontiveros, and Tyler Lawson joined Dr. Lazarova to share their passion for physics and astronomy with over 70 visitors.
  • New Publication in The Physics Teacher

    The Physics Teacher

    Prof. Lazarova has published an article in the latest issue of The Physics Teacher titled "I'm Still Standing."
  • New Publication in the International Union of Crystallography Journal
    Engstrom IUCrJ Article
    Prof. Engstrom has published his latest work on High-resolution single-particle cryo-EM of samples vitrified in boiling nitro­gen in the International Union of Crystallography Journal.
  • Welcome Prof. Tyler Engstrom!
    welcome tyler engstrom
    We would like to welcome the newest member of our department, Dr. Tyler Engstrom.
    Prof. Engstrom recently moved to Greeley with his wife Ellie, their daughter-to-be (due the day before classes start!), and their pet rabbit Scout. He studied metallurgical engineering at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and then received his physics PhD at Penn State. He studies soft matter physics, recently working on how the embryonic brain folds into its characteristic shape, and exploring the relationship between dynamically buckled elastic rods in 3d and quantum mechanics in 1d. Prof. Engstrom is looking forward to teaching PHYS 240/241, getting to know the folks in the department, and getting his research lab set up. Please feel free to drop by Tyler's office to say hello.

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.