Grand Re-opening of the SSU Observatory!

Please join us at the SSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Alumni Reunion taking place on September 8 and 10, 2017. The Grand Re-opening of the SSU Observatory will take place at 7:30pm on September 8, 2017, followed by a public viewing night. The Department Alumni Reunion Dinner will be at Sally Tomatoes "The Plaza Room" at 1100 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park, CA 94928 on September 10, 2017 starting at 5:30pm. Tickets are $45 per person.

Please purchase tickets and RSVP by September 1, 2017.


Dr. Jeremy Qualls named SSU's 2017 Excellence in Teaching awardee

With 15+ years of post-graduate academic experience, Dr. Qualls is always looking towards the future. He currently maintains active research in interdisciplinary science. His recent projects include development of a STEM first year experience, a cross school Maker program, and the development of science teaching credentials.


Department Chair:

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Department of Physics and Astronomy
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609

Phone: (707)664-2119
Fax: (707)664-3378
Email: phys.astro@sonoma.edu


Physics and Astronomy

Physics is the most fundamental of all the scientific disciplines. Ranging from the applied to the abstract, from the infinitesimal to the infinite, and from quarks to the cosmos, the study of physics seeks to explain all the complicated phenomena in the natural world by providing a description of these phenomena in terms of a few basic principles and laws.

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What Physicists Do

Current Schedule. Our lecture series has brought outstanding scientists and engineers to the campus each week since 1971, including fourteen Nobel laureates. These speakers present lectures ranging from the hottest discoveries in physics and astronomy to inside views of physicists' daily lives at a level undergraduate students can understand.


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