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Physics and Astronomy
The Department of Physics and Astronomy aims to promote the physical understanding of nature through dedicated research-based teaching, active learning, service, and innovative research at the highest level. Our majors and graduate students collaborate with faculty in experimental and theoretical research and gain hands-on experience with the latest developments in the field, opportunities that prepare them for successful careers in industry and higher education.
Whether you wish to pursue a Ph.D., work in industry, do high-level research at a national laboratory, or develop new software, our tailored Physics M.S. programs can open up new possibilities for your career.
"The physics master's program at Cal State Long Beach gave me a platform to prepare and apply for Ph.D. programs. One of the strengths of the program is the diversity of the student population. As a Hispanic, I look forward to seeing how the program continues to improve the resources it provides to students from marginalized communities. Thanks to the program, graduate education in phsyics has become more welcoming and accessible to minorities and has brought tremendous change to the lives of many of the alumni including me."
-Antonio Garcia, M.S. Physics 2020. Antonio is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces
- Colloquium - weekly
The Colloquium is a unique opportunity for students to learn about new developments in physics and what physicists do after they graduate.
- Nights at the Observatory - weekly
The Physics and Astronomy telescopes are located on the roof of the Hall of Science (HSCI) and are available for use every Tuesday evening during the academic year.
- PhysTEC DemoDays - monthly
Teachers from around the area come to CSULB to share some of their best demonstrations.
The following programs are available to CSULB students:
- APS Bridge Program aims at enhancing diversity in physics graduate education.
- Keck Energy and Materials Research Program (KEMP) is an interdisciplinary materials science degree option.
- Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) addresses the shortage of qualified teachers of physics and physical sciences in the U.S.
Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) is dedicated to increasing recruitment, retention, and degree attainment for underrepresented groups in materials research, and supporting excellent research and education endeavors.
Additional information is available on Special Programs.