Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.

– Stephen Hawking

Learn about the fundamental laws of the universe. Study Physics.

The Physics Department offers courses for science and non-science majors.

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What You’ll Study
  • Elementary Physics
  • College Physics
  • Physics for Life Sciences
  • General Physics

Visit our catalog for more information about degrees and certificates, courses, and program learning outcomes for students majoring in Physics.

Careers & Salary


  • Natural Sciences Manager
  • Physicist
  • Physics Teacher
  • Secondary School Teacher


  • Low: $47k
  • Average: $103k
  • High: $208k+

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What Students Say

“Dr. Subramaniam has been influential in helping me to decide what I want to study within physics. Not only was her incredible teaching of electricity and magnetism very educational for me, but during my time in her class, she gave me a lot of advice on what she recommends for me to pursue in physics as well as advice on which schools I should apply to and why.”

Malik Elasha

  • Ron Armale
  • Michael Frey
  • Anthony Hall
  • Brinda Subramaniam
Adjunct Faculty
  • Armik Kachatorian
  • Justin Komine
  • Darleen Little
Physics Department

Location: SEM, Room 149
T: (714) 484-7000 ext. 48966
Department Chair: Michael Frey,