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.

All petitions, waivers, and other forms can be emailed to the Academic Office Coordinator Roger Dang.

The Department of Physics & Astronomy Main Office (Thornton Hall 334) will be open starting February 14, 2022.

  • Mon. & Wed., 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Academic Office Coordinator (AOC) Roger Dang
  • Tue. & Thu., 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Department Chair Joseph Barranco

  • COVID-19 update: Almost all classes will be in online/remote modalities from January 24, 2022 through February 12, 2022. On Monday, February 14, 2022, many classes will return to in-person instruction while some will remain online. Instructors will communicate with their students on the details of their online teaching plans.

    Undergraduate Advising

    In order to support your academic study of physics and astronomy and facilitate timely graduation, students are required to meet with a major advisor at least once per year. Of course, meeting once per semeseter is strongly encouraged, and more frequently if any problems arise for which and an academic advisor can help. It is absolutely crucial for new students to seek advising as soon as you arrive on campus. The department will assign advisors to all students. If you do not know who your advisor is, please email Academic Office Coordinator Roger Dang.

    Prerequisites for PHYS 111 & 220:
    Readiness for PHYS 111 and 220.

    Contact list for lower-division lab instructors for
    ASTR 116, PHYS 102, 112, 122, 222, 232, 242:


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    Faculty-led research includes:


    • Quantum Field Theory & Lattice Gauge Theory
    • Modern Optics & Photonics
    • Materials Physics & Nanophysics
    • Biophysical Imaging
    • Physics Education


    • Astrophysical & Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
    • Exoplanetary Science & Astrobiology
    • Binary Stars & Globular Clusters
    • Galactic Archaeology & Galactic Evolution
    • Astronomy Education

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