Department of Physics & Astronomy

In the Department of Physics and Astronomy at SF State, we make teaching and research happen! Students planning to work in industry, enter teaching professions, or pursue graduate study can expect an outstanding education in physics and astronomy and exposure to cutting-edge research through our BA/BS and MS programs.

All petitions, waivers, and other forms can be emailed to the Academic Office Coordinator Roger Dang.

COVID-19 update: In Fall 2021, most lower-division courses will be in online modalities, while most upper-division & graduate courses will be in-person on-campus or in hybrid modalities. Instructors will communicate with their students on the details of their online teaching plans.

Prerequisites for PHYS 111 & 220:
Readiness for PHYS 111 and 220.

Faculty Office Hours with Zoom links:

Contact list for lower-division lab instructors for
ASTR 116, PHYS 102, 112, 122, 222, 232, 242:


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Faculty-led research includes:


  • Quantum Field Theory & Lattice Gauge Theory
  • Modern Optics & Photonics
  • Materials Physics & Nanophysics
  • Biophysical Imaging
  • Physics Education


  • Astrophysical & Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • Exoplanetary Science & Astrobiology
  • Binary Stars & Globular Clusters
  • Galactic Archaeology & Galactic Evolution
  • Astronomy Education

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