Physics and Astronomy

Astronomy Program

Come learn about the Universe!

The Cal Poly Pomona Astronomy program provides opportunities for students to expand their knowledge of how the universe works, from how stars and planets form, to how galaxies get their structure, to the ultimate questions of the structure and fate of the entire universe.

The Astronomy program at Cal Poly Pomona offers courses, opportunities to become involved in cutting-edge research, and a thriving community of like-minded students and faculty, all working together to explore!

To learn more about our program, explore the links below.

Students grouped up in a circle, discussing


The CPP Astronomy program offers a variety of courses to satisfy your curiosity to know more about the Universe, from GE courses for everyone, to upper division courses for physics majors and others who have taken the first two years of the physics sequence (including physics and astronomy minors).

Astronomy Students

Cal Poly Pomona astronomy students form a tight-knit community that shares the excitement and wonder of studying the universe in class and through their research.

Photo at right: Four Cal Poly Pomona students at Mt. Graham Observatory in Arizona.

Four Cal Poly Pomona students
NIcole Sanches 2014

Astronomy Research

There are numerous opportunities to engage in research in astronomy with faculty at Cal Poly Pomona.

Photo at left: Nicole Sanchez ’14, posing in front of the 12-m radio telescope she used for her research working with Dr. Matt Povich of CPP.


Cal-Bridge is a joint CSU-UC program, which provides scholarships, mentoring, and professional development for physics majors strongly motivated to pursue a PhD in physics or astronomy. Cal-Bridge also offers a summer research program (formerly called CAMPARE) providing opportunities for CPP students to engage in meaningful research in astronomy, planetary science, and astrobiology at one of numerous research sites across the country.

Photo at right: The inaugural 2014 class of Cal-Bridge Scholars.

The inaugural 2014 class of Cal-Bridge Scholars
The 2014 graduating class of astronomy students

Astronomy Careers

There are a wide variety of astronomy careers.

Photo at left: The 2014 graduating class of astronomy students with Dr. Alex Rudolph and Dr. Matt Povich, astronomy faculty at Cal Poly Pomona.