Welcome to the Department

Physics and astronomy have long been recognized as constituting the basis for study, research, and understanding in the natural sciences. The undergraduate major program seeks to provide the student with a broad and general background in all areas of physics.

People often ask what our students do with a degree in physics. Here is what most of them do:  Previous graduates

In addition to getting post-graduate degrees (43% PhD, 26% terminal MS), some have used skills obtained as physics majors to get jobs in web development and computer programming. Physics majors can use their experience with technology, computer programming, and instrumentation to get jobs as engineers. Also, there is a huge shortage of high school physics teachers, and some states actually pay good salaries.

To see a schedule of the courses you would take to get a degree in physics, click above on Undergraduate Program.

Research

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Many of our undergraduate physics majors participate in research projects.

View past student research projects and see the Chaotic Lorenz Attractor in action »

Interesting Phenomena

De La Rive Tube

Learn the basic principles of the physical world!

Planetarium Shows

The UNCG Spitz projector projects the stars, planets, Sun, and Moon onto the interior of our 20-foot dome. The planetarium is operated by the Department of Physics and Astronomy for the benefit of UNCG students and the Greensboro community.

Public nights are scheduled throughout the semester.

View the schedule and reserve tickets »

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