Welcome to the Department of Physics & Astronomy

Our Department 

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at California State University, Los Angeles, is committed to fostering a deep understanding of the fundamental principles that govern the Universe. Whether you're fascinated by the behavior of quantum particles or the mysteries of the cosmos, our undergraduate and graduate programs offer a comprehensive range of courses and research opportunities designed to ignite your passion for physics. Our faculty, staff, and students come from very different backgrounds, collectively enriching the advancement of human understanding. We welcome collaboration with people of all social backgrounds, ethnicities, age, sexual orientations, and gender identities. 

Why study physics and astronomy?

Physics and Astronomy is the bedrock upon which all other natural sciences and most branches of engineering stand. This makes a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Physics or a Master of Science (M.S.) in Physics two of the most versatile and impactful degrees available. Physicists thrive to understand the mysteries of the Universe, from the subatomic realm to the vast expanses of space. The principles and laws derived from physics are at the base of the countless innovations that shape our modern society, such as electricity, the internet, computers, medical imaging, lasers, aeronautics, and more. Therefore, a degree in physics can open the door to a vast array of opportunities, including:

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