Welcome to the Department of Physics and Astronomy

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The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Sacramento State has been preparing students for graduate school, teaching careers, and industrial employment for over forty years.  Based in Sequoia Hall, overlooking the American River, our students interact closely with faculty members in and out of the classroom.  Educators of the highest quality and excellent laboratory facilities have led Sac State Physics Alumni to graduate programs at institutions such as MIT, Berkeley, Stanford, Princeton, and Harvard not to mention wonderful careers in government, private industry, and education.

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In the News:


  • We are pleased to announce that we are looking for two tenure-track  faculty positions in our department. Both positions are at the Assistant Professor level, one in computational/theoretical physics and the other in experimental high energy physics. 
  • Congratulations to Prof. William DeGraffenreid, winner of the 2013-14 NSM Outstanding Teaching Award and to Prof. Vera Margoniner, winner of the NSM Outstanding University Service Award.
  • Our Society of Physics Students chapter hosted the Zone 18 Meeting on the 20th of April. Our guest speakers were Natalie Batalha, co-investigator for the Kepler Mission and Henry Garcia from Pixar Animation Studios.
  • Recent graduate Sasha (Moskaleva) Asghari is part of the Made at Sac State program. Sasha is currently in graduate school at UC Berkeley.

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