Sonoma State University
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Sonoma State Holds CSU Lead in Physics Majors

In Fall 2002 Sonoma State University retained its position atop the 23-campus California State University System in the portion of its undergraduates majoring in physics.

Overall, the percentage of physics majors in the CSU increased slightly to 0.23%. Sonoma State, with 0.79%, led California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, which had 0.75%. Of the other campuses only Humboldt State University exceeded 0.31% according to the CSU data.

Among the 23 campuses in the California State University system, Sonoma State ranked sixteenth in undergraduate enrollment, but only Cal Poly, SLO reported more physics majors. (The other Cal Poly, at Pomona, had the same number, 54.) Each of the seven campuses with more than 20,000 undergraduates had fewer physics majors than SSU, which had 6874 undergrads.

As of Spring 2003 there are 56 physics majors at SSU. This marks the tenth consecutive semester in which the number of majors has increased, according to department chair Dr. Joe Tenn.

With three new faculty and spectacular new labs, the Department of Physics and Astronomy looks forward to growing even bigger and better.


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