Department of Physics and Astronomy
Phillips Hall, CB# 3255
Christian Iliadis, Chair
Jhon T. Cimmino, Academic Affairs Coordinator, Physics and Astronomy
Frank Tsui, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Lu-Chang Qin, Physics Advisor (students with last names beginning with A–F)
Dan Reichart, Physics Advisor (students with last names beginning with G–I, and Astrophysics and Astronomy majors and minors)
Jennifer Weinberg-Wolf, Physics Advisor (students with last names beginning with J–R)
Reyco Henning, Physics Advisor (students with last names beginning with S–Z, and Quantitative Finance majors)
The goal of physics and astronomy is a unified description of the properties of matter and energy. The study of matter and energy encompasses a range of phenomena, from the subnuclear to the cosmological. Physics seeks to understand the way the universe “works,” from the very small scale (quarks and neutrinos) to the human scale (materials encountered in daily life) to the very large (the structure of the cosmos). Different approaches and technologies are used in these different regimes.
In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:
- take at least nine hours of their minor course requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
- earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)
For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.
The minor in astronomy consists of five courses:
|ASTR 101||Introduction to Astronomy: The Solar System H||3|
|ASTR 101L||Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory: Our Place in Space||1|
|or ASTR 111L||Educational Research in Radio Astronomy|
|ASTR 202||Introduction to Astrophysics||3|
|PHYS 118||Introductory Calculus-based Mechanics and Relativity 1||4|
|PHYS 119||Introductory Calculus-based Electromagnetism and Quanta 2||4|
Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.
See program page here for special opportunities.