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Physicists are explorers of the physical universe seeking to understand the fundamental behavior of nature from elementary particles to galaxies.
The program engages students in observation, experimentation, and theoretical study of various phenomena of nature. A Bachelor of Science degree with a major in physics is offered. Students can also choose a minor in physics or there is an option for secondary teacher certification.
Most courses can only be taken in sequence. Physics majors should consult with their faculty advisors or the department chair at the earliest opportunity for degree planning. Visit gvsu.edu/physics for more information.
Why Study Physics at Grand Valley?
- The AIP 2009 report noted the GVSU physics department as being one of the top four universities in Michigan in terms of number of graduates.
- Students can expect an excellent liberal education with student-tailored physics courses and programs.
- Active, enthusiastic, caring, and dedicated faculty members are engaged in excellent teaching, scholarly activities, and service. Smaller size upper-division classes ensure more personal attention.
- Academic research projects with faculty members provide hands-on learning in the areas of acoustics, astronomy, atomic physics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, and medical physics.
- Outreach events throughout the year immerse students in learning outside of the classroom and include Michigan's Science Olympiad and the Science Technology and Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) Camp.