Welcome to the
Physics Department

Program Description

Physics is the study of the natural world at its foundation. As such it is the basis of other disciplines such as biology, medicine, chemistry, computer science, geology, astronomy and engineering. Physicists study the world from the smallest particles of matter (quarks and leptons), nuclei, atoms and molecules; through the forces of motion which determine properties of solids, liquids, gases, and plasma; to descriptions of the behavior of matter on all scales up to stars, galaxies, and even the origin and fate of the universe. The department encourages student-faculty interaction in all these areas.

For students intending to pursue graduate work or employment in Electrical Engineering, the department offers an Electrical Engineering option, intended to facilitate a seamless transition after graduation. An agreement in place with the CSU Fullerton College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science allows students to satisfy all of the courses requirements for admission to an MS program at CSU Fullerton.

The Physics Minor has flexible upper division requierments to encourage students majoring in other fields to broaden their expertise to fit a niche in contemporary technology or research. Students are invited to meet with a physics advisor to map areas of intrest and expertise. The most succesful physics minors distinguish themselves as mathematics majors in applied math, computer science majors in computer hardware, chemistry students in physical chemistry, music majors in electronics and instrumentation, and clinical science majors with elements of nuclear physics (modern physics).

Career Posibilities

Graduates find technical positions in industry, government or teaching; or pursue advanced degrees for research, design, or analysis in physics, engineering, or related fields. The campus is surrounded with electronics, aerospace, and semiconductor companies, among others, who hire physicists to work in applications of optics, electrical engineering, biophysics, computer science, geophysics, aerospace and astronomy.

Academic Advising

All prospective students should meet with a Physics department faculty member to learn more about the physics major and minor and to receive assistance in planning a schedule for courses. All physics majors must review their course list with a physics advisor prior to registration each semester.

See our  Undergraduate [PDF]  Student Learning Outcomes now online.


CSUDH Physics is distinguished by its excellence in research. We have nationally recognized research programs in experimental cosmology, plasma physics, space physics, elementary particles and relativity, nuclear physics, particle astrophysics and cosmic rays, medical applications of physics, biophysics, and non-linear science. We study a variety of topics from the curvature of the universe and grand unification of the fundamental forces in nature, to space plasmas, exploding stars, stellar fusion, particle astrophysics and cosmic rays, and new techniques for diagnostic imaging, modeling the strength and elasticity of bones and arteries, and radiation therapy. 

Dr. Ximena Cid, Department Chair