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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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Students are admitted directly into this program.
Available as a minor.
Secondary education minor offered.

Program Overview

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 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 the classroom and include Michigan's Science Olympiad and the Science Technology and Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) Camp.

Career Insights

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Location & Format

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

  • Face To Face


Students study a variety of topics, including:

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

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.

Admission Requirements

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

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

Admissions and Recruitment Office


“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.”