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Physics, B.S.

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

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Program Overview

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

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 for more information.

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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.

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.



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

Combined Degree Programs

This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.

You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.

For More Information

Department of Physics
117 Padnos Hall of Science
(616) 331-2274



“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.”