Physics has long been recognized as constituting the basis for study, research, and understanding in the natural sciences.

Our undergraduate major program seeks to provide a broad and general background in all areas of physics. We also provide opportunities to learn a variety of skills useful in STEM fields.

Recent graduates have tech jobs with: Elphas (cancer therapy development), Jacobs (business consulting and services), Indeed (online job site), Lockheed Martin, Dynaboard (web development), Wolfspeed (semiconductor electronics), Northrup Grumman, Cycle Labs (software development), and IBM.

Recent graduates obtained (or are pursuing) PhDs from: Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst, North Carolina SU, Univ Texas-Dallas, Univ Texas-Austin, Wake Forest Univ, and JSNN.

This program is being discontinued pending SACSCOC approval and is not accepting applications for admission. The University is still authorized to offer the program and issue the associated credential for students who are currently enrolled in the program.

Light experiment


Many of our undergraduate physics majors participate in research projects, often in Astrophysics.

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

Alumni at Planetarium

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.


Students with Poster


While UNCG does not have an engineering school, we provide a great 2-year preparation in basic physics and mathematics that will allow a student to transfer to one of North Carolina’s engineering schools to complete an engineering degree.

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In Recognition

In recognition of Black History Month, the Department would like to honor Dr. Barbara A. Williams, the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Astronomy. She received her BS in Physics from UNCG.

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What to do with a degree in Physics?

In addition to getting post-graduate degrees (42% PhD, 23% terminal MS), some have used skills obtained as physics majors to get jobs in web development and computer programming. Our alumni have jobs at the EPA, DOE, tech companies, and as university faculty. Physics majors can use their experience with technology, computer programming, and instrumentation to get jobs as engineers.  To see a schedule of the courses you would take to get a degree in physics, click above on Undergraduate Program.

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Alumni in Academia

Allison Jaynes

Associate Professor
Physics and Astronomy Department, University of Iowa

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Allison Jaynes