Special Public Viewing Night at SSU Observatory

On Friday, July 27, Mars will reach favorable opposition . This means, weather permitting, Mars will appear in telescopes as large as possible. Also, there will be chances to view Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, and the Moon. Visitors are invited to see the new Campus Observatory as well as view these celestial objects through a number of telescopes. There will be attendants at each telescope to answer questions and help beginners view the objects. Everyone is welcome! For more information, click here.


New tenure-track search for Physics & Astronomy Department

Beginning sometime in the Fall 2018 semester, the P&A Department will be searching for a new tenure-track Assistant Professor in physics. The selected candidate will also help the Department finalize and implement a new degree program, BA in Physical Science, that will replace the previous BA-T (Trigonometry) degree. This search is critical to the Department as Dr. Jeremy Qualls and his wife, Dr. So Young Han have accepted positions at the University of Southern Maine, in Portland. They will continue their research into best practices for maker pedagogy at their new institution.


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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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