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. We also provide opportunities to learn a variety of skills useful in STEM fields.

Light experiment


Many of our undergraduate physics majors participate in research projects.

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

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 outstanding engineering schools to complete an engineering degree.

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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, 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

Ucheor Choi

Assistant Professor
Biochemistry Department, School of Medicine, West Virginia University

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Ucheor Choi