Undergraduate physics student, Adam Lahey, presenting his poster at the American Astronomical Society meeting in San Diego, June 2016. The Department and BGSU's summer funding program, CURS, contributed funding for him to attend.
Why physics program at BGSU?
- First of all, we offer real hands-on research opportunities
from day ONE of your tenure at BGSU. We believe that it is never
too early to join a research Lab and work on the actual research
problems. Our undergraduate students work together with experienced
graduate students, which is an excellent opportunity to learn. All
research groups accept undergraduate students at any time. You just
have to be motivated to learn. We have a number of RESEARCH DIRECTIONS to
explore, and while at BGSU our students can try all of them, or
pursue just one of their choice.
- We have small classes, which means more personalized attention
- Our Society of Physics Students offers informal learning and discussion environment
Is Physics For You?
Wonder what makes things work?
Marvel at the vastness of the Universe?
Derive pleasure from discovering something new?
Want a challenging career?
If so, consider the physics major at Bowling Green State University. Physicists work on problems that are connected with the real world that we see around us. From the sub-microscopic size of quarks and mesons, to the vast size of the Cosmos, and on all scales in between, physicists are working to better understand how it all works.
Physics at Bowling Green State University
The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a program that will
suit your needs. With a faculty of twelve and some thirty physics
majors, the student-to-faculty ratio is optimal. The regular course of
study in physics is designed to prepare our students for further
postgraduate study. There are also specializations available in
applied physics for students who want to enter the job market
immediately upon graduation, and an astronomy minor for students who
wish to pursue study in that field.
A special program in the College of Education is designed to prepare future teachers in physics and other science fields. Students may major in Physics in the College of Education to receive secondary certification in physics, or choose an endorsement in Astronomy, providing a strong background in the field but without teacher certification.
What Kind of Jobs Are There?
Physicists are employed as researchers, teachers, and scientific
managers. Almost every "high-tech" industry utilizes
physicists - for the simple reason that these industries are firmly
based on applying the principles of physics. Some examples of
industrial fields where physicists are needed are: lasers, computer
chips, satellite management, radar and microwaves. At the present
time, job prospects for baccalaureate physicists are excellent - most
graduates receive two or more job offers.
The American Institute of Physics reported a median salary of $65,000 in 1996 for its members with Ph.D.'s; with master's degrees, $55,000; and with bachelor's degrees, $50,000.
The following sites have useful information regarding job opportunities and job searching, especially in Physics and Astronomy.
"What Can I Do With A Major In....?" - including lots of links to other sites
University of Delaware - including links for advice on searching
Sonoma State University - lots of links
American Institute of Physics - including some job listings for someone with a bachelor's degree