Physics and Astronomy Department
Physicists invented the semiconductor, the laser, the electron microscope, CAT and MRI imaging, superconductors and the atomic force microscope. They have key roles in the design and operation of the spacecraft that explore our solar system and the constellation of earth satellites we depend upon for communications, navigation and environmental monitoring. Physicists develop electronic and optical instrumentation and the associated computer networks used in modern laboratories and manufacturing facilities.
The physics program at SJSU includes a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree that prepares students for professional careers in applied physics and for graduate study in science and engineering, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree which provides a strong foundation in physics while allowing sufficient electives for a student to pursue a second concentration (science education, for example), and a Master of Science (MS) degree. Students may obtain current information on these degrees by contacting advisors through the department office, 408-924-5210.
SJSU physics faculty have expertise in lasers and optics, computational physics, condensed matter, and astronomy. External funding for sponsored research averages about 1.8 million per year. Physics students are active participants in research programs on campus and at nearby national laboratories.