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Betty Young, Ph.D., Department Chair

Diane Idemoto, Department Manager

Office: 408-554-4314

Location: Daly Science 316

Physics teaches you to be an expert problem solver, which will benefit you no matter what you do in life. Majoring in physics or engineering physics will give you an appreciation for many of nature's most interesting phenomena. And finally, the Department of Physics is just a great place to be at Santa Clara University.

You can do almost anything with a physics or engineering physics degree. Employers know that it takes hard work, intelligence, and creativity to successfully complete a major in physics. Our graduates who enter the job market find employment in a wide range of places including high-tech, business, R&D, education and more.

Among our ~140 SCU Physics and Engineering Physics who graduated in the last 15 years: 30 entered PhD programs in physics, engineering, computer science, math, or related disciplines; 20 earned terminal Master’s Degrees, mainly in engineering or materials science; 10 began research careers at national labs, major universities, or in industry; 10 teach at the elementary or high school level; 5 entered medical school; 5 entered law school; 5 are professional musicians or artists; and 1 is a professional basketball player. Many others formed successful start-up companies or began active and enjoyable careers in business, analytics, agriculture, and a host of other fields in industry and elsewhere. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions at!


Bridging the Gap between Science and Technology

Bachana Lomasdze published a perspective article on frequency comb-based coherent spectroscopy.

    Light-Matter Interactions

    Bachana Lomsadze, Ph.D., received a Patent. He is a co-inventor of a novel optical method- "Frequency comb based multidimensional coherent spectroscopy".

      Guy Ramon
      Qubits as Nanoscale Sensors

      Guy Ramon and collaborators just published an in-depth modern review paper on exciting developments in solid-state quantum qubits.

        New Opportunities in Observational Astronomy and Astrophysics

        Kristin Kulas and students collaborate with NASA Ames