Nov 18, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Physics and Astronomy

Department Chair: Andreas Bill
Department Office: Hall of Science (HSCI) 220
Telephone / FAX: (562) 985.7925 / (562) 985-7924

Faculty: Andreas Bill, Thomas Gredig, Jiyeong Gu, Paul Hintzen (FERP), Zvonimir Hlousek, Prashanth Jaikumar, Thomas Klähn, Chuhee Kwon, Claudia Ojeda- Aristizabal, Zoltan Papp, Michael Peterson, Galen T. Pickett, Subhash Rajpoot

Undergraduate: Jiyeong Gu
Credential: Kristin Straits
Graduate: Prashanth Jaikumar

Administrative Support Coordinator: Korin Coombs

Students desiring information should contact the Department Office for referral to one of the faculty advisors.

College: College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics  

Courses: ASTR, PHYS, PHSC  

Career Possibilities

Physicist • Teacher • Medical Physicist • Astrophysicist • Computer Scientist • Electro-Optical Engineer • Computer Engineer • Meteorologist • Metallurgist • Industrial Health Engineer • Aerospace Engineer • Geophysicist • Financial Analyst • Technical Writer • Analyst• Astronomer • Oceanographer • Systems Analyst • Mathematician • Materials Researcher • Quality Control Specialist • Food and Drug Inspector •Scientific Apparatus Salesperson • Nuclear Engineer •Physicist Technician.

Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see and

Various entry-level trainee positions in business and industry are available for graduates regardless of academic discipline.

Degree Programs

The Bachelor of Science degree is designed for students interested in immediate employment in industry or wishing to continue on to a Master's or Ph.D. degree in physics or a related field. The Bachelor of Arts degree is appropriate for those preparing for teaching careers in the physical sciences at the secondary level, those whose goal is a liberal art education with an emphasis on physics, or engineers interested in a double major.

The Department also offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science degree and the Master of Science in Professional Physics. The Master of Science degree is available in both a general option and an option in applied physics. A limited number of teaching associateships and graduate assistantships are available to students working on the master's degree. Application should be made to the Chair of the Department.

Concurrent and/or Summer Enrollment at Another College

Students who wish to take coursework at a community college or another college or university to meet curricular requirements while enrolled as undergraduates in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics must petition the appropriate Department for prior approval to earn credit for specific courses. This policy applies to concurrent enrollment or summer enrollment. Please see "Concurrent Enrollment" and "Transfer of Undergraduate Credit" in this catalog. Courses not receiving prior approval will not be accepted for credit by the Department.


    Undergraduate DegreesGraduate and Professional DegreesMinorCredential


      AstronomyPhysical SciencePhysics