- Cal Poly Resources
- Internships and Research Opportunities
- Beyond Cal Poly
- Curriculum and Courses
- Learning Center Hours
- Department Safety Guidelines
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 here or Mustang Success Center here.
- Pizza Advising every Fall quarter by the Physics Department Chair
Courses at Cal Poly
- For Physics catalog course descriptions, flowcharts, and course offerings, click here.
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: www.assist.org
- Find on-line courses at California colleges and Universities here: www.cvc.edu
Thinking about Changing your Major?
The Physics Learning Center
The Learning Center is a free, no appointment-needed, drop-in tutoring center staffed by advanced Physics majors and Physics faculty for students needing help primarily with the Physics 120 series and 141/130 series. Feel free to drop in with questions or problems you might have. To see current quarter hours, click here.
Senior Project Information
- Senior Project Guidelines (pdf) (Physics Department)
- Submitting Your Senior Project (Cal Poly Library)
- Physics Department Senior Project LaTeX Template(txt) (named "Senior Project template.tex_.txt" to comply with upload formats; rename to "Senior Project template.tex" to use)
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 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. Jennifer Klay. For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. The club email is CalPolyMiP@gmail.com 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. 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.
- Cal Poly Physics Summer Research opportunities
- REUs: Research experience for undergraduates
- Department of Homeland Security opportunities
Going to Graduate School
- Planning for Graduate Studies in Physics and related fields: (Grad Planning html, Grad Planning pdf)
- More(pdf) on grad school (very real).
- Graduate Programs in Physics, Astronomy, and Related Fields: Gradschoolshopper.com has some useful information.
Resources for Future High School Teachers
- Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers
- Center for Excellence in STEM Education (CESaME)
- Curricular Resources
- The Physics Front is a web-based area for teachers of Conceptual, AP and Algebra-based physics as well as teachers of Physics First and Physical Science. The purpose of this resource is to enrich the high school physics experience.
- 2015 Physics Trends
- Salaries for a degree in physics
- Cal Poly's Career Services can help you explore career options, prepare for your internship/job search, connect with employers, and more! Please visit their website for more information on the services and resources they provide.
- Physics Today
- AAPT Career Center: Physics teaching jobs from the American Association of Physics Teachers
- Amercian Physical Society (APS) Job Center
- American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Career Assistance & Job Board
- Careers Toolbox