Department Contact Information

Physics Department

Location: 180-204
Phone: (805) 756-2448
Fax: (805) 756-2435
Chair: Robert Echols


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Prospective Physics Students

Curriculum Information

Find out more about our department by exploring our curriculum.

Research Areas

Quantum Lab

"Quantum lab" is a junior-level, year-long sequence of lab courses focusing students on experimental physics (Phys 340, 341, and 342). Students are put in front of rather complicated equipment each week and asked to independently run the experiment and then produce a publication-quality report on it.

Resources for Physics Majors

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Clubs and Social Life

Physics Majors

The Cal Poly Physics Department has approximately 130 majors. During the academic year, most of them can be found studying, emailing, socializing (or sleeping) in their dedicated student room known as "h-bar," (180-639).

Society of Physics Students (SPS)

There is an active SPS chapter on campus. Information about their activities can be found on their Facebook page.

Cal Poly Women in Physics (CPWiP)

Cal Poly Women in Physics (CPWiP) is a student club affiliated with ASI and the Cal Poly Physics Department.  The club was started in 2009 with the goal of providing support for female physics majors, who represent less than 15 percent of all students in the department. Social events, professional development, conference attendance, and research opportunities are promoted by the club for the benefit of all physics majors, regardless of gender. Visit the club website and Facebook page for more information. Please let us know how we can help, and we hope to see you at our next event! The faculty sponsor of Cal Poly Women in Physics is Dr. Kat Gillen. For more information, she may be emailed at

Cal Poly Astronomy Club

The Cal Poly Astronomy Club is a student-run organization that meets, socializes, and observes things astronomical using the telescopes in the Cal Poly Observatory. Click here to see the Astronomy Club's Facebook page, and click here to see the Observatory's Facebook page. Feel free to contact Dr. David Mitchell with any questions.

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