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

  • Ron Wallingford, telephone (805) 553-4166

Full-time Faculty

Ron Wallingford, Erik Reese, Farisa Morales

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 can be contacted through the Counseling Office.

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