Astronomers use the principles of physics and mathematics to answer questions about the fundamental nature of the universe and about celestial bodies such as the sun, moon, planets, and stars. They may apply their knowledge to problems in navigation and space flight.

Department Administration and Staff

Office:  Academic Center 232 (AC 232)

Telephone: (805) 378-1572

  • Julius Sokenu, Dean of Student Learning
  • Mary Ann Beck, Administrative Assistant

Department Chair

  • Clint Harper, telephone (805) 378-1488

Full-time Faculty

A list of full-time faculty offices, telephone extensions and Fall 2012 office hours.

Balazs Becht, Clinton Harper, Ron Wallingford

Part-time Faculty

Part-time faculty list their contact information for students on their course syllabi.  In addition, students can leave a message for a particular instructor with the division office by calling (805) 378-1572.


Counselors who specialize in the Physics and Engineering degrees, Edna Ingram, Candace Payton and Denita Redd, can be contacted through the Counseling Office.

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