Department of Physics

Welcome to Physics

Welcome to the Physics Department!  We are a learning community of students, staff, and faculty dedicated to advancing knowledge in Physics and the world around us, inside us, and beyond us. Our curriculum emphasizes hands-on experience, real-world applications,  and opportunities to work closely with faculty on research projects. 

Welcome Message From the Chair

On behalf of the Department of Physics here at CSU East Bay, I am writing this welcome message for any prospective Physics major, current majors, students taking classes in Physics, or anyone else who would like a virtual tour of our department.  Here at CSU East Bay, we have dedicated faculty and staff who do a remarkable job teaching physics, the most fundamental of sciences. Every faculty member is actively involved in research and all students are encouraged to participate in lab research. I was an Physics undergraduate at UCLA and I had the opportunity to work in a Condensed Matter research lab. This research experience fostered my love of experimental Physics and a passion for teaching. Although we currently have a small number of Physics majors, our numbers are rising! Our department has an active and vibrant student community who study together and meet regularly via our Physics club called the Society of Physics Students. The Department of Physics also offers an annual Outstanding Physics Student of the Year award that includes a cash award and funds to support student research. We welcome you to our department and look forward to seeing you succeed in your future Physics endeavors!       


Erik Helgren

Professor of Physics and Chair


Physics Majors in Action!

Contact Us

For information, enrollment issues, forms, and general inquiries contact:

The Physics Office, as of July 2023, is located in the Natural Sciences Hub N429 & N431

Contact Information for the Chair:

Erik Helgren, Chair
  • California State University East Bay
  • North Science 231
  • 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
  • Hayward, CA 94542