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231 CAP Building
525 Rivers Street
Boone, NC
(828) 262-3090
FAX: (828) 262-2049

Interim Department Chair
Dr. Leon H. Ginsberg

Physics Program Coordinator
Dr. Patricia E. Allen

Astronomy Program Coordinator
Dr. Joseph T. Pollock

Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. J. Sidney Clements

PSM Program Coordinator Dr. Christopher S. Thaxton


Students - Advising

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Advising for the Next Semester (Spring 2010)

It's time to start thinking about the courses you will be taking next semester.

Requirements for a major or minor for Physics and Astronomy students

To answer questions about Major or Minor requirements from any department in the College of Arts and Sciences or other needs for an enrolled student go to the following web site: Arts and Science Information


You may pick up a copy of the most recent copy of the major's handbook in CAP 231 or access it here.


Make an appointment with your advisor to keep on track for your major. If you are in the BS Applied Physics Concentration and are a rising junior, then you should talk with your advisor about having a meeting with your curriculum committee to plan for your last two years of courses. You may have this meeting earlier if you have definitely decided on your concentration.


Persons interested in enrolling in other curricula should also see their advisor no later than the end of their sophomore year. It is best to have these curricular meetings as early as possible, so that you may complete the curriculum in four years.


If you are a senior, make sure to have your senior check. You can schedule this with the Student Services Division of the Dean of Arts and Sciences (Room 100 I G Greer).


Here is the link to the course schedules for Fall 2009

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Advisors in Physics and Astronomy Curricula

All persons seeking initial advice for any Physics and Astronomy curriculum should see Dr. Christopher Thaxton , CAP 351.

  • Bachelor of Arts: Physics- Dr. C. S. Thaxton
  • Physics Minors- Dr. P. E. Allen
  • Astronomy Minors- Dr. J. T. Pollock

The persons listed below are the chairs of the Applied Physics Curricula:

  • Astronomy- Dr. J. T. Pollock
  • Chemical Physics- Dr. R. O. Gray
  • Computational, Mathematical Statistical Physics- Dr. R. O. Gray
  • Dual-Degree Engineering- Dr. J. S. Clements
  • Engineering Electronics/Physics- Dr. J. S. Clements
  • Environmental Physics- Dr. R. O. Gray
  • Geophysics- Dr. C. S. Thaxton
  • Industrial Physics- Dr. J. S. Clements
  • Medical Physics- Dr. P. E. Allen
  • Physics/Engineering- Dr. T. S. Coffey
  • Physics Lab/Demonstration- Dr. J. E. Cockman
  • Physics/Philosophy- Dr. J. T. Pollock
  • Physics/Technical Writing- Dr. D. B. Caton
  • Radiation Safety Physics- Dr. C. S. Thaxton
  • Teaching Certification- Dr. P. E. Allen
  • Technical Management- Dr. J. S. Clements

  • Pre-Engineering:
  • Contact Angela Owen, Office Manager, CAP 231 who will make an appointment with one of the Pre-Engineering Advisors Dr. P.E. Allen, Dr. C. S. Thaxton, or Dr. T. S. Coffey. The Graduate Program Advisor is Dr. J. S. Clements or the research mentor.

    Updated 4/9/09



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