The strong emphasis in physics on fundamental concepts and problem solving makes it one of the most versatile majors available. The Physics major provides the basis for careers in applied physics and in interdisciplinary areas such as astronomy, biophysics, engineering, environmental science, oceanography, and scientific instrumentation.

Department Administration and Staff

Office:  Administration Bldg. 136 (A 136)

Telephone: (805) 378-1572


  • David Gatewood, PhD, MBA, Interim Dean of Student Learning
  • Mary Anne Beck, Administrative Assistant

Department Chair

  • Erik Reese, telephone (805) 378-1488

Full-time Faculty

Rick Edwards, Farisa Morales, Erik Reese, 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 are Danita Redd and Samantha Zaldivar.  They can be contacted through the Counseling Office.

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