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Welcome to the NC State Department of Physics. Our award-winning researchers and teachers guide students through a broad, rigorous curriculum, and our graduates have been highly successful in both academia and industry. Our research programs cover a diverse spectrum including astrophysics, general relativity, condensed matter theory and experiment, computational physics, biophysics, nanoscale science, physics education, experimental nuclear physics, particle and nuclear theory, experimental optics, and atomic and molecular theory. Total funding for our research programs ranks in the top three among departments at NC State University and in the top twenty-five of physics departments in the nation.


Vision Statement

We envision North Carolina State University's Department of Physics and Astronomy as performing creative, highly visible research in fundamental and applied science. Our vision blends fundamental physics and applications, theory and experiment, and integrates research and innovative teaching to create a vibrant intellectual atmosphere within a welcoming and collegial environment.


The Physics Department Faculty at its 2011 retreat. Every year, departmental faculty enjoy a one day retreat where they review the state of the department and plan for the future. The annual faculty picture shown is regularly taken at the retreat.


Here are some brief facts about our faculty, our instruction, and our research:

We have a faculty of 53, ten of whom are research faculty and two are teaching faculty.

With eight tenured and tenure-track women, our department has the largest number of such women on the faculty of any physics department in the country.

Twenty-three of our current faculty (64%) are Fellows of the American Physical Society, three have named chairs in the university, and one is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

As far as courses and students taught, we are the 9th largest physics instructional program (out of 751) in the US.

In the Spring 2010 student satisfaction survey conducted by the university, we have a 90% satisfaction response.

Twelve of our faculty are members of the NC State Academy of Outstanding Teachers, seven are Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professors, and three are Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professors.

In a recent NSF survey, we rank twenty ninth nationally in total R & D expenditures.

To our alumni and friends everywhere:

The NC State Department of Physics is well on its way towards becoming one of the top departments in the country. But continuing this momentum will require effort and excellence at all levels--recruiting top faculty and students, building and maintaining state-of-the-art facilites, and cultivating cutting edge innovation in physics research and education. You can help by:

  • Sharing your ideas about improving the department
  • Supporting our efforts by volunteering or helping out financially
  • Helping us find potential donors who could help us achieve our goals
    Some important programs and activities in the department include:
  • Endowed Faculty Chairs and Professorships in Physics (used to attract top faculty who can make an impact on the department)
  • Physics Enhancement Fund (used for the most urgent research and instructional needs of the department)
  • General and named scholarship fund (used to attract top students to the department and to support juniors and seniors with financial need)¬†Link to currently available scholarships.