Why Physics?

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.

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 Why Physics?

Physics Program

The Department of Physics is in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It 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.

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Why study physics at GVSU?

  • Physics department provides an excellent liberal education experience for GVSU students with student tailored physics courses and programs, and mentored research experiences with faculty. 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.
  • Our active, enthusiastic, and caring faculty are engaged in excellent teaching, scholarly activities, and community service. Faculty actively pursue cutting-edge academic research projects with the students. Research interests of our faculty include acoustics, astronomy and astrophysics, atomic physics, plasma physics, condensed matter physics, physics education, gravitation and cosmology, nuclear physics, quantum computation, and biophysics.. 
  • Smaller size upper division physics classes provide personal attention to each student from our outstanding faculty. We have excellent lab facilites in atomic physics, photonics, and solid state physics. Physics majors complete a supervised research project in their senior year. All our students present their work in national  and/or local conferences (e.g GVSU showcase, American Physical Society meeting) and also publsih papers in peer reviewed journals. 
  • Our physics graduates have found well paying jobs in physics education and in industry after graduation. Many also have gone to prestigious colleges and universities in the US to get their PhD in physics. To learn more check out  our "Physics Alumni Profile."

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. 


Physics Faculty Spotlights

Dr. Brett Bolen Spotlight

Dr. Brett Bolen

Associate Professor of Physics. Theoretical physicist - research interest is in both classical and quantum aspects of Einstein's theory of gravity known as general relativity.

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Physics Alumni Profile

Dr. Kenneth B. Bader (2005) Spotlight

Dr. Kenneth B. Bader (2005)

Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, University of Chicago, IL.

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