Department of Physics and Astronomy
Phillips Hall, CB# 3255
Logan Phillips, Student Services Coordinator, Physics and Astronomy
Dr. Frank Tsui, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Dr. Christian Iliadis, Physics Advisor (students with last names beginning with A–D)
Dr. Fabian Heitsch, Physics Advisor (students with last names beginning with E–K)
Dr. Jennifer Weinberg-Wolf, Physics Advisor (students with last names beginning with L–R)
Dr. Yue Wu, Academic Advisor (students with last names beginning with S–Z)
The goal of physics 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 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 9 credits 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 six 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 102||Introduction to Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies & Cosmology H||3|
|ASTR 301||Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology||1|
|PHYS 118||Introductory Calculus-based Mechanics and Relativity||4|
|PHYS 119||Introductory Calculus-based Electromagnetism and Quanta||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.