The Department of Physics and Astronomy 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.

    Meet the Professor
    Physics Professor Kieran Holland

    What is it like to study physics at Pacific? Department chair Kieran Holland describes his passion for physics, explains what you can do with a physics degree and how to succeed as a physics student.

    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

    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.

    Students with a physics degree work in many different areas, such as engineering, computer or information systems, STEM fields with technical expertise like research in public and private sectors, and non-STEM fields like finance and data science.

    Starting salaries range from $45,000 to $70,000 with a Physics BS degree and graduates report a high level of job satisfaction and job security.


    Physics and astronomy scholarships

    The physics and astronomy department has about $40,000 in scholarship support for physics majors, in addition to financial aid, and is awarded based on students' academic standing and their involvement in research projects.


    Contact Us

    Physics students working with electrodes
    Department of Physics and Astronomy

    Olson Hall 
    3601 Pacific Avenue
    Stockton, CA 95211