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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.

Walter Alvarado

"The physics department at CSULB stands out for its unwavering belief in the potential of its students. The faculty and staff fostered an environment that encouraged me to trust in my abilities as a scientist by providing the mentorship and research opportunities essential to my growth. The lessons I learned have been instrumental in achieving my goals, serving as a testament to the quality and impact of the program."

-Walter Alvarado, M.S. Physics 2017. Walter is currently a Scientist at the Space Biosciences Research Branch, NASA Ames Research Center

Read more student testimonials.

  • 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:

Additional information is available on Special Programs.