Department of Physics

Students on a field trip visiting a VERITAS telescope

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, the world inside us, and the world 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


Erik Helgren
On behalf of the Department of Physics here at CSU East Bay, I am writing this welcome message for any prospective Physics major, any current majors, other students taking classes in Physics here at CSUEB are anyone else who would like a virtual tour of our department.  We have dedicated faculty and staff who do a remarkable job teaching this, the most fundamental of sciences. Every faculty member is actively involved in research and all of our students are encouraged  to participate in lab research.  I was an undergraduate at UCLA studying Physics and I had the opportunity to work in a Condensed Matter research lab.  It was that experience that fostered my love of experimental Physics and a passion for teaching. We currently have a small number of majors here at CSUEB, though the number is steadily rising.  We have an active and vibrant student community, who study together and meet regularly via the Society of Physics Students.  We offer an annual Outstanding Physics Student of the year award that includes a cash award, and have funds to support student research and travel to conferences. We all look forward to seeing you succeed in your Physics endeavors. 


Erik Helgren

Associate Professor & Chair

Contact Us

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