Department Contact Information

Physics Department

Location: 180-204
Phone: (805) 619-5106
Fax: (805) 756-2435
Chair: Karl Saunders

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Academic Advising

Physics Department Advising

  • For Physics major coursework advising, contact your physics advisor (or the department office if you are unsure.)
  • For general academic advising, contact the COSAM Advising Center or Mustang Success Center .
  • Pizza Advising every Fall quarter by the Physics Department Chair

Courses at Cal Poly

Courses at other community colleges/universities

  • See which courses will transfer between Cal Poly and California community colleges, other CSU and UC campuses at ASSIST:   
  • Find on-line courses at California colleges and Universities here:

Academic Probation/Disqualification

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The Physics Learning Center - permanently closed

The Physics Learning Center has transferred all tutoring services to the Cal Poly Writing and Learning Center.

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Senior Project Information

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Clubs and Social Life

  • Physics Majors: 

    The Cal Poly Physics Department has approximately 200 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 may be found on their Facebook page.
  • Sigma Pi Sigma (National Physics Honors Society) membership information

  • 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 Facebook and Instagram pages 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. Katharina Gillen. For more information, contact us at

  • Minorities in Physics Club:

    The purpose of the Minorities in Physics Club is to act as a resource and provide a space for physics students to engage in discussion of issues regarding diversity and inclusivity such that their collective voice is represented and they become empowered in their ability to thrive in academia.

    The advisor is Dr. Louise Edwards, who can be contacted at The club email is for those interested in joining or have any questions.

    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.

    Astronomy Club's Facebook page

    Observatory's Facebook page

    Feel free to contact Dr. David Mitchell with any questions.

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