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 physics consists of five courses:
|PHYS 118||Introductory Calculus-based Mechanics and Relativity 1||4|
|PHYS 119||Introductory Calculus-based Electromagnetism and Quanta 2||4|
|PHYS 281L||Experimental Techniques in Physics||2|
|PHYS 331||Introduction to Numerical Techniques in Physics 3||4|
|One additional course chosen from ASTR (numbered above 300) and PHYS (numbered above 200)||3|
Astronomy (ASTR) and Physics (PHYS) course descriptions.
See the program page here for special opportunities.