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Department of Physics


We’re open?

With the current coronavirus shutdown, our office has gone virtual. We’re not closed though! Department Chair Eric Ayars is available for drop-in chat on Zoom from 9-10am MWF, 1-2 T/Th, or by appointment. We are also responding quickly to email or phone messages.  Feel free to contact us however is most convenient, and stay safe!

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.

Physics Department past website.


Interested in Teaching? MSTI has Scholarships!

The Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI) at California State University, Chico is focused on recruiting students to become math and science teachers. This special scholarship program awards scholarships up to $5,000. The application for MSTI is separate from CSU Chico Wildcat Scholarship applications. Applications due March 13 at

Join the Society of Physics Students!

Do you want to connect with other physics majors/minors/enthusiasts, learn about some of the latest developments in physics, get information about research opportunities here at Chico State and around the world, and get involved in outreach activities? Then check out the Society of Physics Students page and fill out this form(opens in new window) to join up.

32nd Annual Pumpkin Drop

smashed pumpkins

Is gravity still working? Are you sure? Let the Society of Physics Students teach you about gravity and test that it still works by dropping pumpkins five stories onto Trinity Commons on Halloween. Both the science and the splattering start at noon. More details on the Annual Pumpkin Drop.