Special Programs

The department of Physics and Astronomy has obtained funding from the American Physical Society to develop two major programs: PhysTEC and the Bridge Program. In addition, together with the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, we also obtained funding from the Keck Foundation to develop KEMP @ CSULB.

Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM)

The PREM Program is a National Science Foundation program designed to enhance diversity in materials research and education. CSU Long Beach partners with The Ohio State University’s NSF MRESEC: Center for Emergent Materials. At CSU Long Beach the effort is led by the Physics and Astronomy Department in collaboration with members of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department and the Mathematics and Statistics Department.

APS Bridge Program

The APS Bridge Program aims at enhancing diversity in physics graduate education. The program welcomes, trains, and successfully sends off Master's students to do a Ph.D. in Physics. Although open to everyone, the program especially welcomes students from groups of the population that are underrepresented in physics.

APS Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Alliance (APS-IDEA)

The APS-IDEA is a new initiative with a mission of empowering and supporting physics departments, laboratories, and other organizations to identify and enact strategies for improving equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). It will do so by establishing a community of transformation. The Physics and Astronomy Department is part of the effort through an IDEA Learning Community.

Keck Energy and Materials Research Program (KEMP)

The Keck Energy and Materials Research Program (KEMP) is an interdisciplinary Materials Science Degree Option. The project takes place under the umbrella of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and involves faculty and undergraduate students of both the Physics and Astronomy Department and the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.


The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) addresses the shortage of qualified teachers of Physics and physical sciences in the United States. The program improves and promotes the education of future physics and physical science teachers.