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About the Department

The Department of Physics and Astronomy prepares students for a variety of career paths, including graduate programs in physics, astronomy, engineering and related fields; teacher certification; and research jobs in industry and at national laboratories. Our majors learn principles of physics through a curriculum that builds strong quantitative and analytical skills and offers many opportunities for undergraduate research. According to the American Institute of Physics (AIP), our department is ranked in the top 1% nationally for number of B.S. degrees in physics, and we are ranked third nationally for number of physics graduates from underrepresented minority groups. For more information about our department, please check the links below.


Students in a Classroom

A Learning Assistant helps students work collaboratively in class.


Michael Medrano conducting research

A former Physics student, Michael Medrano, conducted research on optical fiber sensors.


Cal Poly Students Attending Women in Physics Conference

Cal Poly Pomona Students Attended Women in Physics Conference in Stanford, CA.

Students and Alumni

Student Graduates

Physics grads in 2011.

Featured Students

Adrian in the lab to test some fiber optic biosensors.

Adrian Ortiz

Adrian is a biotechnology major who has been participating in fiber optic biosensor research in the last year. Adrian, under the...

Courtney with the Director of Astronomy Camp, Dr. Don McCarthy

Courtney Lemon

Courtney is a physics major who wanted to be involved in education and public outreach as part of...