Academics: Physics Major
A Physics major, with an emphasis in Astronomy, is the best way to pursue a career in Astronomy or Space Science. Physics majors learn about the way the world works on the most fundamental level. Students learn about mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermal physics, and quantum physics, among many other topics. The study of Astronomy pulls together all these fields and applies them to the study of the Universe and its constituents (stars and planets, black holes, neutron stars, galaxies, galaxy clusters, etc).

An emphasis in Astronomy involves taking the 3 upper division Astronomy courses offered at Cal Poly Pomona, and pursuing a senior research project in Astronomy. To aid students in working in Astronomy research, Cal Poly Pomona has formed a partnership with the University of Arizona Steward Observatory, one of the leading astronomical observatories in the world. To learn more about this partnership, the California-Arizona Minority Partnership for Astronomy Research and Education (CAMPARE), click here.

For more information on becoming a Physics major with an emphasis in Astronomy, contact Professor Alex Rudolph at alrudolph(at) You can also get additional information on the Physics major at the Physics Department webpage, here.
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