Why Physics & Astronomy

The Universe Revealed

For some Physics students at Humboldt State, the sky's the limit for where their education can take them. For others, that's an understatement. Consider two of our seniors who accompanied their professor to the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, where in the course of their investigations they discovered a galaxy.

More on HSU students discovering a galaxy »

An unusual example? Perhaps. But it's a great illustration of the kind of undergraduate experience you'll find here: close working relationships with your professors, small classes and labs, hands-on use of modern equipment, opportunities for original research and rigorous preparation for graduate school. Whether your interests lie in the far reaches of the universe or in the subatomic workings of our own world, we have a course of study and the enthusiastic teachers to ignite your passion for learning.

Become a Genuine Researcher

Our faculty have research interests ranging from astronomy and cosmology to superconductivity, small-scale gravity, quantum mechanics, electronics and more, and they actively involve students in their efforts. Working outside the classroom, you can undertake experiments, help prepare results for presentation at conferences and even co-author a scientific paper. Few of your peers at other schools can say that. Many of our students also engage in summer study as part of National Science Foundation research experiences at other institutions nationwide-—a great way to investigate possible graduate programs.

Read about HSU students testing Einstein's theory of relativity in our Gravitational Research Laboratory »

Ready for the Next Step

When you're ready to consider graduate study—which is required for many careers in the field—our faculty will guide you through the decision based on your strengths and Humboldt State's excellent reputation among graduate programs. Our students have excelled at some of the nation's top institutions, such as the University of Colorado and the University of Washington, and you can follow in their footsteps. In fact, when our students decide that graduate school is their next step, nearly all of them go on to attend one of their top choices.

Professionals in High Demand

The need for science and math graduates, as well as teachers in those subjects, has never been greater. After you complete teacher certification or graduate work, you'll find a host of job possibilities awaiting you: secondary science teacher, aerospace scientist, medical technologist, systems analyst, astronomer, meteorologist, industrial hygienist, electronics engineer, fusion engineer, oceanographer, physical chemist, geophysicist and more. The choice is yours!