Physics and Astronomy


Welcome to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at BGSU! Here we explore how the universe works – from the vastness of the cosmos to the nature of subatomic particles. We do that by studying the properties of matter and energy and the laws that govern them. It’s not surprising, then, that physics and astronomy have helped us to understand our place in space-time and led the way to new technologies. With society’s ever-increasing pace, the need for discovery accelerates the demand for trained physicists. Physicists and astronomers are exceptional problem solvers with skills that are in high demand in a wide range of scientific and engineering careers in industry, academia, and government.

Students actively participate with our faculty on cutting-edge scientific research in the fields of astrophysics, materials science, nano-science, solid-state physics, and computational physics. In addition, our Planetarium and Observatory offer opportunities for astronomy research, education, and community engagement activities. These experiences are crucial for developing the credentials that graduate programs and employers seek.

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What can you do with a physics degree?

What can you do with a physics degree?

A degree in physics opens the door to a wide array of exciting and challenging careers. Read More

News and Stories

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Haseman Receives Bowman, Other Awards

Senior Micah Haseman received the 2017 Bowman Family Undergraduate Research Award, which recognizes outstanding research by a physics undergraduate. Micah’s work in the area of semiconductors and multifunctional oxides has led to five published papers, three with Micah as first author. Micah also received an award for his presentation, “Atomic Layer Deposition of Oxide Thin-Films for Optoelectronic and Solar Applications,” at the Undergraduate Symposium for Research and Scholarship in spring 2017.

Selim Honored for Mentoring Undergraduate Research

Selim Honored for Mentoring Undergraduate Research

Dr. Farida Selim received the 2016 Elliott L. Blinn Award for Faculty-Undergraduate Student Innovative Basic Research/Creative Work at the Faculty Excellence Awards Ceremony and Reception April 14. This award recognizes work conducted by individual faculty members in collaboration with undergraduate students. In their letters of recommendation, Selim’s students all commented on the value of the guidance she provided them. This mirrors Selim’s beliefs that part of her role as a faculty member is to help her students discover their passion and find their career path. She says her focus is to allow students to “think independently and ignite their creativity.” Read More

Smith Named Professor of Service Excellence

Smith Named Professor of Service Excellence

Professor and Planetarium director Dr. Dale Smith received the 2016 Professor of Service Excellence Award for more than 30 years of service. The title of Professor of Service Excellence is conferred upon members of the faculty who have established national and international recognition through professional service, public service and/or external engagement through their work at the University. Since coming to BGSU in 1983, Smith has overseen the development of the Planetarium and has created many of its public programs. He teaches a variety of courses in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, supervises the department’s stargaze program, and conducts the Planetarium’s public programs, as well as its programs for school classes and other visiting groups. Read More