Jun 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Office: Science Building 148

Telephone: 408-924-5210

Email: physics-astronomy@sjsu.edu

Website: physics.sjsu.edu


Ramendra D. Bahuguna
Peter T. Beyersdorf, Chair
Alejandro L. Garcia
Aaron Romanowsky
Kenneth Wharton

Associate Professors

Ranko Heindl
Ehsan Khatami
​Thomas Madura
Cassandra Paul
Neil Switz

Assistant Professors

Curtis Asplund​
Kassahun Betre
​Brianne Gutmann
Hilary Hurst
Gina Quan
Christopher Smallwood


At the core of all science, physics helps us understand chemical reactions, protein folding, the Earth’s interior, and the life cycle of stars. Among much else, physicists invented the semiconductor, the laser, and the electron microscope. They play key roles in the design and operation of spacecraft and in the development of electronic and optical instrumentation. The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers two MS degrees in Physics and Quantum Technology, and two undergraduate degrees: (1) a BS that prepares students for professional careers in applied physics or graduate study, and (2) a BA that combines a strong foundation in physics with electives that allow for a second area of concentration, such as computer science, chemistry, science education, or math. Our faculty are experts in lasers and optics, computational physics, condensed matter, astrophysics, and physics education research. The department receives on average approximately $1.8 million annually in external funding for sponsored research.


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