The Department of Physics, with a distinguished history, has grown and changed tremendously in recent years; for example, 24 of our 46 faculty members have been hired since the year 2000. Indeed, our cosmology group, now one of the leading cosmology centers in the world, has grown in size – with ten faculty – and stature since its launch ten years ago. According to U.S. News & World Report our graduate program has ascended in the ranks from 44th to 26th between 2002 and 2010, and our reputation and impact continue to grow.

Looking toward the future, we now have an expanded vision of what our department can hope to become. We want to further improve our ability to attract the highest quality people to our institution, as faculty members, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students and thus achieve even higher levels of scientific productivity and leadership. We want to bring our instruction to a higher level of excellence. We want to make our physical environment one conducive to the sharing of ideas, thereby facilitating new discoveries. We aspire to become one of the top physics departments of the world.

If you would like to support our program, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to physics – all gifts are greatly appreciated and will make a difference.

If you would like to consider gifts to a particular program or endowment fund, please contact our department chair. Call (530) 752-4086 or email to schedule an appointment.

If you are interested in making a gift of appreciated securities, equipment, real estate or to make a deferred or planned estate gift, please contact Charlene Mattison at (530) 754-2225 and by e-mail at