Department of Physics & Astronomy

In the Department of Physics and Astronomy at SF State, we make teaching and research happen! Students planning to work in industry, enter teaching professions, or pursue graduate study can expect an outstanding education in physics and astronomy and exposure to cutting-edge research through our BA/BS and MS programs.

The Department of Physics & Astronomy, in conjunction with the SFSU Physics & Astronomy Club and Women in Physics & Astronomy will be co-hosting the annual conference of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific on October 18, 2019. This event is free and open to the public. Join us for exciting public talks on space exploration and global climate change. There will also be planetarium shows at the Charles F. Hagar Planetarium as well as opportunities to view the Sun with a solar viewer as well as observe the night sky at the Department's Rooftop Observatory.

More information can be found at the ASP website.

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Faculty-led research includes:


  • Theoretical Particle Physics & Lattice Gauge Theory
  • Quantum Field Theory & String Theory
  • Optics & Photonics
  • Materials Physics & Nanophysics
  • Cryogenic Electronics & Superconducting Devices
  • Biophysical Imaging
  • Physics Education


  • Astrophysical & Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • Plasma Physics & Magnetohydrodynamics
  • Exoplanetary Science & Astrobiology
  • Binary Stars & Globular Clusters
  • Galaxy Formation & Evolution
  • Galactic Archaeology & Near-field Cosmology
  • Astronomy Education

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