Welcome to the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy
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Physics Majors Haley and Caleb at CERN in Summer in 2016.

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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In the News

  • Progress continues on the construction of the new planetarium at the Tschannen Science Complex.  More info on the planetarium, including a link to a live construction camera, can be found on the planetarium website.
  • The Summer 2018 (ok, Fall) Newsletter has been released. Learn about progress on the Science Complex, the 2017 Great American Eclipse, new General Education Classes, a checkin from Alumnus John Estrada, and more. 
  • We are pleased to announce that Dr. Eliza Morris will join our faculty as our newest assistant professor in the fall. Dr. Morris has been working as a lecturer in the department and is an alumna from our department. Dr. Morris earned her Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University and works in the area of experimental biophysics and environmental physics. Congratulations!
  • Prof. DeGraffenreid has been asked to help out as a Special Assistant to the President for the next year. Prof. Taylor has stepped in to serve as Interim Chair and will do so until such time that the Department formally elects a permanent chair. 
  • The Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Science Complex  was held on Sept. 18. Check out the flyby of the building from mid April!
  • Alumni, Emeriti, and Friends sign up for the Sac State Physics Facebook Group
  • We are very pleased to announce the creation of the M. Hossein Partovi Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (P-SURE) award! 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. Students who win this award are provided summer employment while they work on a research project with a faculty member in the Department. For information on making contributions to the program so that we can support more students, please contact Prof. DeGraffenreid