Physicists are explorers of the physical universe seeking to understand the fundamental behavior of nature from elementary particles to galaxies.
Physics, as a natural science, is a core component of a liberal education, and learning science requires the development and application of critical thinking skills to the natural and man-made world. The members of the physics department are devoted to learning and teaching about the ways in which the physical aspects of our existence can be understood and shaped by qualitative and quantitative reasoning within the framework of physics, the foundation of the natural sciences.
Why Study Physics? Find out by clicking on the link: Why Physics?
The physics department provides an excellent liberal education experience for GVSU students with student tailored physics courses and programs, mentored research experiences with faculty, and outreach activities.
Need help with physics? Visit "Physics Help Corner" at NE Corner of Padnos (1st Floor)
The Department of Physics offers a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) with a major in physics. Our robust program engages students in observation, experimentation, and theoretical study of the various phenomena of nature. The Physics Department offers:
November 19, 2017
Being a part of GVSU 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!
Physics in your Teacup!
Did you notice the "hissing sound" that starts a few moments after you put the kettle to boil water on the fire? This sound gradually increases and then suddenly drops when the water starts to boil. In fact, then you know that the water is ready, boiling. Do you wonder what makes the "kettle" sing?
Professor of Physics. Interested in anything astronomy. My research in the past has been in the area of particle transport in plasma related to solar flares, and X-ray data analysis for a special class of neutrons stars called magnetars.
Why should you be a physics major at GVSU?
- Dynamic group of Faculty: Our active, enthusiastic, caring, and dedicated faculty are engaged in excellent teaching, scholarly activities, and service.
- Research with Faculty: Faculty actively pursue cutting-edge academic research projects with the students. Research interests of our faculty include acoustics, astronomy and astrophysics, atomic physics, condensed matter physics, physics education, gravitation and cosmology, nuclear physics, biophysics, and medical physics.
- Excellent Facilities: Smaller size upper division physics classes provide personal attention to each student from our outstanding faculty. We have NSF funded state-of-the-art computing cluster for computational work.
- Department Growth: Our department continues to grow and we expect this growth to continue. The number of physics majors also have grown in recent years. Many of our recent physics graduates are pursuing advanced degrees (e.g. Ph.D) in physics. GVSU is one of the top five universities in Michigan in terms of the number of physics graduates.
- Outreach: 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 middle and high school students .
We are always looking for interested and motivated students who are enthusiastic about physics and who want to pursue an undergraduate degree in physics. Explore our website for details.
If you are interested please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.