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Why Physics and Astronomy at Cal Poly Pomona?

Prof. Ertan Salik with his research students at College of Science Annual Research Symposium

Student Research

Physics majors Cal Poly Pomona engage in cutting edge research, working closely with faculty in such fields as biophysics, optics, physics education research, astrophysics, and solid state physics.  To learn more about student research opportunities, visit the various research group pages under the Research drop down menu above.

Physics and Astronomy graduation 2012

Post Graduation

Our majors go on to pursue many different career options, including graduate school in physics and astronomy, careers in engineering and computers, high school teaching, and much, much more. To see more about possible careers with a physics major, visit our careers page.

Faculty

Our faculty are innovative and dedicated teachers. They are all focused on undergraduate education and work closely with our majors as classroom instructors, academic and career advisors, and research mentors, to maximize the benefit of a Cal Poly Pomona education to our students. To learn more about our faculty, visit our Department Directory.

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Community

We have a very strong sense of community in our department that includes faculty, staff, and students. We hold numerous social events, such as a Welcome Back Pot Luck each Fall, and a Department BBQ each Spring. In addition, the students have their own student club, the Society of Physics Students, with a student clubroom where physics majors, minors, and other students can hang out, do homework together, give and received tutoring, or just relax.

community physics students group

Featured Students

Mary Wakefield

Mary Wakefield

Mary is a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science at CSU San Marcos with a special interest in planetary science. For the 2013...

John Santiago

John Santiago

John Santiago, a transfer student originally from Santa Monica, is a physics major here at Cal Poly Pomona. It is only his first year...