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.
Is Physics for you?
What can you do with a physics degree?
A degree in physics opens the door to a wide array of exciting and challenging careers.
News and Stories
Junior Jordan Fox received the 2019 Bowman Family Undergraduate Research Award, which recognizes outstanding research by a physics undergraduate. Jordan’s work is the area of nanomaterials, specifically nanosheets. Unlike quantum dots and nanorods, these 2-D nanosheets allow electrons to move freely within the plane of the sheet. Jordan studied tuning the lateral size of PbS nanosheets to optimize their absorption and emission of optical light, anticipating future applications such as solar cells and LEDs.
Three faculty were recognized at the recent faculty awards ceremony. Dr. Lewis Fulcher received the 2019 Lifetime Achievement award for his accomplishments in teaching, research, and service over an illustrious 46-year (so far) career at BGSU.
Dr. Mikhail Zamkov was named Professor of Research Excellence, a three-year designation in recognition of his outstanding research in nanocrystals and productivity in both published papers and external funding.
Dr. Farida Selim received the 2019 Outstanding Early Career Award for her innovative research developing and characterizing new semiconductor materials.
Amanda Nemeth, a first-year graduate student, has been chosen for the 2019 Computational Physics Student Summer Workshop at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. She was selected from a pool of exceptional students from across the country to participate in the 10-week workshop at Los Alamos, New Mexico. In addition to learning important principles from staff lectures, Ms. Nemeth will work with 1-2 other students under the guidance of a Los Alamos staff scientist to work on one of a number of cutting-edge projects in computational physics. Participation in the workshop includes the award of a generous fellowship for the summer.
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Physics are expected to be able to:
- Demonstrate thorough conceptual understanding of the basic field of physics;
- Describe and manipulate fundamental physical constructs and solve problems with mathematics and computational methods;
- Use basic experimental apparatus common to the study of physical phenomena;
- Communicate scientific ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.
Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
The Physics program will undergo Program/Cluster Review during the Academic Year 2019-20.