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Cal Poly Physics Department No. 2 in Nation for Graduates

Cal Poly’s Physics Department was ranked No. 2 in the nation for granting physics degrees in solely undergraduate programs, according to a recent report.

The ranking, compiled by not-for-profit organization the American Institute of Physics, looked at data from 2012 to 2014.

Robert Echols, professor and Physics Department chair, says physics majors develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.

“Studying physics provides a foundation for all the sciences and technical disciplines, opening up many doors for a physics major,” Echols said.

The ranking places Cal Poly ahead of 72 other universities. The No. 1 spot was given to State University of New York at Geneseo. Only one other university in California appeared on the list. 

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