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 sixty five 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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  • Alumni, Emeriti, and Friends sign up for the Sac State Physics Facebook Group
  • We are very pleased to announce the inaugural M. Hossein Partovi Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (P-SURE) award! Physics major Anthony Asuega is working with Prof. Ray to explore the feasibility of using a piezoelectric quartz crystal as a low temperature pressure sensor. This novel sensor would become a central component in Ray's low temperature laboratory. The P-SURE program was created with the support of the Partovi family and the Department of Physics and Astronomy to remember and honor the contributions made to the Department by Prof. Hossein Partovi. For information on making contributions to the program, please contact Prof. DeGraffenreid
  • Lots of students engaged in research this summer: ATLAS  @ CERN, SETI, Utah State, UC Davis, and quite a few working with our own faculty at Sac State. We look forward to all the great Senior Projects that will come out of this summer!
  • Our inaugural newsletter is now online! In case you missed getting a copy of it in your inbox (did you forget to inform Alumni Association of your current email address?), you can find it here
  • Our newest degree option, Bachelor of Science in Physics, Applied Physics Concentration, will hit the catalog effective Fall 2015! This program was designed for those interested in a program of study designed for careers in industry. For more information, please contact Dr. DeGraffenreid or see the Applied Physics program page.

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