Physics

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Minor

Physicists are explorers of the physical universe seeking to understand the fundamental behavior of nature from elementary particles to galaxies.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

The Department of Physics offers a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) with a major in physics. This program engages students in observation, experimentation, and theoretical study of various phenomena of nature. The department also offers:

  • A minor in physics
  • The option for secondary teacher certification
  • An M.Ed. with an emphasis in physics

Coursework

Students study a variety of topics, including:

  • Core courses in physics
  • Chemistry
  • Computer science
  • Mathematics

Career Options

Physicists are often employed in:

  • Education
  • Government
  • Industry
  • Research

Why Study Physics at Grand Valley?

  • Our active, enthusiastic, caring, and dedicated faculty members are engaged in excellent teaching, scholarly activities, and service.
  • Our faculty members actively pursue academic research projects with the students. Research interests of our faculty members include acoustics, astronomy, atomic physics, condensed matter physics, physics education, gravitation, cosmology, nuclear physics, and medical physics.
  • All classrooms are well equipped with video and audio systems. Smaller size upper division physics classes provide personal attention from our outstanding faculty.
  • The AIP 2009 report cited physics department of GVSU as being one of the top four universities in Michigan in terms of number of graduates.
  • Our faculty and students participate in a variety of physics outreach activities throughout the year to promote science education in Michigan and especially to create an interest in physics among high school students.

For More Information

Department of Physics
www.gvsu.edu/physics
(616) 331-2274
Admissions Office
www.gvsu.edu/admissions

Being a part of the Grand Valley physics program has been an amazing experience. The challenging classes always kept me on my toes, and the close-knit department will always be like family to me. I would not trade my time with the physics department for anything!

Lisa Genovese
Physics student

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