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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.

Zack Hall

"A strength of the program is the community and accessibility of professors which allowed for greater learning and development opportunities outside of the classroom. This is further bolstered by the overall departmental support for student success. Since I wanted to pursue a Ph.D., I was able to work closely with a research faculty mentor and plan the appropriate steps during the masters, in order to be competitive for the next steps in my career."

-Zack Hall, M.S. Physics 2017. Zack is currently a Ph.D. candidate at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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.