Chico State


The Department of Physics has but one single mission: provide the highest quality undergraduate education in physics. We undertake the rigorous training of students in our discipline and assist in building a strong scientific foundation for students in other degree programs. The discipline we share with our students has value not only for the technical skills it cultivates, but for its contribution to human culture by encouraging critical thinking, curiosity and an open mind.

Physicists enjoy excellent employment opportunities in a wide variety of areas including optics and telecommunications, space, defense, energy, and environmental science. Physics bachelors consistently rank among the highest starting salaries for all fields of study nationwide. The physics major is also excellent preparation for graduate study in physics, engineering, computer science, and other physical sciences.

Program Degrees and Certificates

The Physics Department at Chico State offers the following certificates and degrees:

  • The Bachelor of Science in Physics
  • The Minor in Physics
  • Single-Subject Teaching Credential in Physics
Physics Department

Location & Contact Info
Physical Science Bldg., Room 106A

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