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Department of Physics


Maria Cordero
Administrative Assistant
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

The Department of Physics is an active, engaged community that stimulates its students' curiosity about the fundamental workings of the universe. We encourage students to think deeply through questions about how the universe works, to find and connect abstract relationships to new situations and to be academically confident and knowledgeable scientists, teachers and lifelong learners

Talk on Terraforming Mars

On Feb. 28 we hosted Dr. Chris McKay from the NASA Ames Research Center. Dr. McKay gave a talk on terraforming Mars - is it possible? What conditions would we want to create? Would it be ethical to transform another planet? Read more about Dr. McKay and his talk on the Department of Physics blog.

Talk on Galaxy Formation

On Sept. 21 we hosted Prof Raja Guhathakurta from UC Santa Cruz. Prof Guhathakurta works with Prof Elisa Toloba and Prof Guillermo Barro in Pacific's physics department studying galaxy formation and he gave a seminar highlighting some recent work. Prof Guhathakurta also met with Pacific undergraduate students to give advice on careers and applying to graduate school.

Talk on Data Science Careers

On October 26 we hosted Dr Tomer Tal to talk about data science and machine learning. Dr Tal has a PhD in astrophysics from Yale and was a post-doctoral researcher at UC Santa Cruz, he now works for Chegg using machine learning to help students plan their college and future careers.

Money for Research

The physics faculty have won more than $900,000 in external funding to support their research, including having undergrad students work with them. Read in our blog more about the possible opportunities.

Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics

Katie Ram, Nina Madsen and Katie Christensen were at the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) in Los Angeles last January. Read in our blog to learn what they thought about it.

What do we offer?

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, including possible concentrations in
    • Computational Physics
    • Astrophysics
    • Mathematical Physics
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering-Physics
    • Jointly offered with Pacific's School of Engineering and Computer Science 
      Pacific is one of only 21 schools in the U.S. with an accredited bachelor's degree in Engineering-Physics.
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics tailored to prepare K-12 STEM field teachers

What will you find here?

  • Engaged Students- We have an engaged community of students following their curiosity and learning about the fundamental workings of the universe, from entangled photons to supernovae in distant galaxies.
  • Expert Faculty- Our faculty members are exceptional teachers and recognized research leaders in their fields of study.
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities- Because of our small size we can work closely with our undergraduate students and give them opportunities to participate in research.
  • Advanced Equipment- Grants through the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Space Sciences Institute and other sources gives the physics department access to highly sophisticated instrumentation that supports hands-on learning.

What courses will I take?

  • Path to Degree -  check the 4-year schedule from starting student to successful graduate here
  • New Courses - an up-to-date curriculum including new topical courses on Particle Physics, Exoplanets, and Black Holes. Find the courses for Fall 2018 here and for Spring 2019 here

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