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Schools Offering Physics Programs in California


Approximately 0.1% of graduates in of California receive physics degrees every year. That means an estimated 1,315 physicists graduate from California's 104 physics schools each year.

Top Schools

Stanford University, which is located in Stanford, is the top-ranked school in California that has a physics program. It received a ranking of 2nd in the country in 2010. In 2010, 104 students graduated from Stanford University's physics program. Tuition at Stanford University was $40,172 per year.

The second-ranked school in California that has a physics program is University of California-Berkeley. University of California-Berkeley, which was ranked 5th in the country in 2010, is located in Berkeley. In 2010, 172 students graduated from University of California-Berkeley physics program. The tuition rate at University of California-Berkeley was $10,940 per year.

The third-ranked school in California that has a physics program is University of California-Los Angeles. University of California-Los Angeles, which was ranked 5th in the country in 2010, is located in Los Angeles. In 2010, University of California-Los Angeles graduated 120 students from its physics programs. Tuition at University of California-Los Angeles was $10,781 per year.

Cost

If you are hoping to attend one of California's physics schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $10,520 per year, though tuition can range from $41,130 per year to $644 per year. The California physics schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Pitzer College - located in Claremont, students are charged $41,130 per year
  2. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, students are charged $41,022 per year
  3. Occidental College - located in Los Angeles, students are charged $40,939 per year

The physics schools in California that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Folsom Lake College - located in Folsom, students are charged $644 per year
  2. Cosumnes River College - located in Sacramento, students are charged $644 per year
  3. College of the Siskiyous - located in Weed, students are charged $650 per year

A physics degree from a California school... what next?

A large number of California physics graduates become physicists. 2,890 physicists were working in California in 2010. The following counties have the largest number of California physicists:

  1. Los Angeles County - 1,000 physicists
  2. Marin County - 410 physicists
  3. San Diego County - 310 physicists

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of physicists in the state of California will grow to 2,200. This would require a 15% growth in the profession.

Salary

A physicist in California makes an average of $103,620 per year. In 2010, however, some California physicists earned as little as less than $50,270 per year or as much as more than $157,410 per year. On average a physicist earns the most in the following California counties:

  1. Alameda County - $128,720 per year
  2. Marin County - $126,170 per year
  3. San Benito County - $117,000 per year

A physicist in the following counties in California make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. El Dorado County - $84,760 per year
  2. Los Angeles County - $87,950 per year
  3. Ventura County - $94,850 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional California statistics regarding a career in physics and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as chemical engineering or chemistry.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Physics in California
  • Bachelor's Degree in Physics in California
  • Master's Degree in Physics in California
  • Doctoral Degree in Physics in California
  • Certificate in Physics in California

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
7,832 miles from location University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles CA 95.2658 37% 38,550
7,805 miles from location California State University-Fullerton Fullerton CA 36.6289 24% 36,262
7,948 miles from location University of California-Berkeley Berkeley CA 95.3529 41% 35,830
7,820 miles from location California State University-Long Beach Long Beach CA 40.6226 23% 35,557
7,833 miles from location California State University-Northridge Northridge CA 31.9561 27% 35,198
7,825 miles from location University of Southern California Los Angeles CA 92.8981 33% 34,824
7,781 miles from location San Diego State University San Diego CA 44.1756 28% 32,817
7,943 miles from location San Jose State University San Jose CA 32.9649 23% 31,280
7,906 miles from location University of California-Davis Davis CA 84.1357 23% 31,247
7,808 miles from location Santa Ana College Santa Ana CA 15.7905 n/a 31,073
7,963 miles from location San Francisco State University San Francisco CA 33.6948 18% 30,469
7,889 miles from location California State University-Sacramento Sacramento CA 30.4004 22% 29,241
7,789 miles from location University of California-San Diego La Jolla CA 87.7434 23% 28,418
7,830 miles from location El Camino Community College District Torrance CA 15.8275 n/a 27,237
7,807 miles from location University of California-Irvine Irvine CA 83.2303 22% 27,142
7,957 miles from location Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa CA 19.5812 n/a 25,877
7,811 miles from location Orange Coast College Costa Mesa CA 19.3061 n/a 25,316
7,800 miles from location Saddleback College Mission Viejo CA 19.6994 n/a 23,260
7,786 miles from location San Diego Mesa College San Diego CA 15.0493 n/a 23,211
7,902 miles from location University of California-Santa Barbara Santa Barbara CA 83.0456 19% 22,850
7,807 miles from location Fullerton College Fullerton CA 17.0593 n/a 22,469
7,798 miles from location California State Polytechnic University-Pomona Pomona CA 34.13 20% 22,273
7,817 miles from location Cerritos College Norwalk CA 14.3203 n/a 21,776
7,779 miles from location Southwestern College Chula Vista CA 16.965 n/a 21,597
7,844 miles from location California State University-Fresno Fresno CA 30.8192 28% 21,500
7,783 miles from location Chaffey College Alta Loma CA 13.8744 n/a 21,399
7,873 miles from location Sierra College Rocklin CA 19.1068 n/a 20,688
7,817 miles from location California State University-Los Angeles Los Angeles CA 25.7976 14% 20,619
7,777 miles from location Grossmont College El Cajon CA 14.8513 n/a 20,335
7,829 miles from location Los Angeles Valley College Van Nuys CA 13.476 n/a 19,951
7,824 miles from location Los Angeles City College Los Angeles CA 12.6588 n/a 19,873
7,894 miles from location Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara CA 18.7886 n/a 19,753
7,773 miles from location University of California-Riverside Riverside CA 70.7777 17% 19,384
7,926 miles from location California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo CA 42.2202 31% 19,325
7,955 miles from location Stanford University Stanford CA 97.5644 70% 18,498
7,833 miles from location Bakersfield College Bakersfield CA 15.0744 n/a 18,402
7,954 miles from location Foothill College Los Altos CA 21.5152 n/a 18,293
7,787 miles from location San Diego City College San Diego CA 12.0991 n/a 18,074
7,769 miles from location California State University-San Bernardino San Bernardino CA 32.7408 77% 17,852
7,881 miles from location California State University-Chico Chico CA 33.2335 21% 16,934
7,960 miles from location University of California-Santa Cruz Santa Cruz CA 75.3023 20% 16,775
7,849 miles from location Moorpark College Moorpark CA 19.4776 n/a 16,393
7,953 miles from location Cabrillo College Aptos CA 17.7158 n/a 15,974
7,891 miles from location Cosumnes River College Sacramento CA 12.3879 n/a 15,946
7,770 miles from location San Bernardino Valley College San Bernardino CA 10.4241 n/a 14,916
7,943 miles from location California State University-East Bay Hayward CA 27.6856 24% 14,749
7,826 miles from location California State University-Dominguez Hills Carson CA 23.8657 17% 14,477
7,815 miles from location Golden West College Huntington Beach CA 14.783 n/a 13,978
7,786 miles from location MiraCosta College Oceanside CA 17.1854 n/a 13,537
7,832 miles from location College of the Sequoias Visalia CA 12.9685 n/a 13,322
7,873 miles from location Butte College Oroville CA 14.6243 n/a 13,147
7,951 miles from location West Valley College Saratoga CA 18.357 n/a 12,893
7,800 miles from location Santiago Canyon College Orange CA 15.409 n/a 12,698
7,932 miles from location Solano Community College Fairfield CA 15.9371 n/a 12,222
7,928 miles from location Cuesta College San Luis Obispo CA 15.736 n/a 12,025
7,831 miles from location West Los Angeles College Culver City CA 11.1589 n/a 11,866
7,939 miles from location Ohlone Community College Fremont CA 14.992 n/a 11,695
7,781 miles from location San Diego Miramar College San Diego CA 15.902 n/a 11,584
7,961 miles from location College of San Mateo San Mateo CA 15.1982 n/a 11,310
7,921 miles from location Allan Hancock College Santa Maria CA 16.6722 n/a 11,070
7,947 miles from location Hartnell College Salinas CA 14.8313 n/a 10,451
7,870 miles from location Merced College Merced CA 10.9318 n/a 10,446
7,725 miles from location College of the Desert Palm Desert CA 11.9919 n/a 10,193
7,829 miles from location Los Angeles Harbor College Wilmington CA 12.7915 n/a 10,181
7,929 miles from location Las Positas College Livermore CA 15.9289 n/a 9,790
7,779 miles from location California State University-San Marcos San Marcos CA 26.879 22% 9,767
7,961 miles from location Monterey Peninsula College Monterey CA 13.0473 n/a 9,578
7,774 miles from location Cuyamaca College El Cajon CA 13.283 n/a 9,459
7,872 miles from location Folsom Lake College Folsom CA 12.6843 n/a 9,307
7,833 miles from location Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles CA 37.1994 25% 9,015
7,961 miles from location University of San Francisco San Francisco CA 67.6144 18% 9,008
7,945 miles from location Santa Clara University Santa Clara CA 38.3571 21% 8,846
7,885 miles from location California State University-Stanislaus Turlock CA 28.3802 31% 8,586
7,957 miles from location Sonoma State University Rohnert Park CA 28.8195 17% 8,546
7,950 miles from location Contra Costa College San Pablo CA 14.0254 n/a 8,316
7,842 miles from location California State University-Bakersfield Bakersfield CA 24.2017 30% 8,003
7,959 miles from location Humboldt State University Arcata CA 24.97 16% 7,954
7,788 miles from location University of San Diego San Diego CA 71.6614 20% 7,868
7,827 miles from location Los Angeles Southwest College Los Angeles CA 8.49681 n/a 7,866
7,847 miles from location Pepperdine University Malibu CA 75.691 33% 7,733
7,795 miles from location University of La Verne La Verne CA 61.7321 31% 7,482
7,959 miles from location Canada College Redwood City CA 12.0827 n/a 7,280
7,961 miles from location College of Marin Greenbrae CA 10.9857 n/a 7,066
7,897 miles from location University of the Pacific Stockton CA 67.1147 14% 6,401
7,759 miles from location Crafton Hills College Yucaipa CA 12.6601 n/a 6,380
7,762 miles from location University of Redlands Redlands CA 30.6584 25% 4,431
7,942 miles from location Saint Marys College of California Moraga CA 28.2064 22% 3,636
7,792 miles from location Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego CA 32.8387 29% 3,487
7,867 miles from location University of California-Merced Merced CA 45.3908 5% 3,414
7,961 miles from location University of California-San Francisco San Francisco CA 0.372803 n/a 3,119
7,863 miles from location College of the Siskiyous Weed CA 14.331 n/a 3,045
7,845 miles from location Fresno Pacific University Fresno CA 63.0214 69% 2,668
7,960 miles from location Naval Postgraduate School Monterey CA 0.296904 n/a 2,484
7,813 miles from location California Institute of Technology Pasadena CA 87.9135 37% 2,130
7,811 miles from location Whittier College Whittier CA 60.8562 22% 2,093
7,818 miles from location Occidental College Los Angeles CA 76.4709 22% 1,989
7,783 miles from location La Sierra University Riverside CA 20.5713 46% 1,857
7,789 miles from location Pomona College Claremont CA 87.3602 39% 1,550
7,940 miles from location Pacific Union College Angwin CA 58.6375 59% 1,526
7,891 miles from location Westmont College Santa Barbara CA 70.5735 22% 1,308
7,791 miles from location Claremont McKenna College Claremont CA 82.5794 40% 1,238
7,791 miles from location Pitzer College Claremont CA 36.8119 31% 1,043
7,791 miles from location Scripps College Claremont CA 78.6357 30% 921
7,791 miles from location Harvey Mudd College Claremont CA 82.845 28% 763
 

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Physicists + 2,890 $103,620 33.2%
 

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