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?

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


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

Many enjoy eclipse at BGSU

Many enjoy eclipse at BGSU

The first day of fall classes at BGSU coincided with a solar eclipse, and the BGSU Planetarium was the place to be to celebrate and acknowledge the rare occurrence. About 2,000 students, faculty, staff, and visitors from in and around Bowling Green enjoyed the celestial slide show from the rooftop Observatory and the ground nearby, while the Planetarium showed a live stream of the eclipse from around the country. To keep viewing safe, the Department provided eclipse glasses free of charge and offered views through telescopes with proper solar filters. The event was a warm-up for the solar eclipse in 2024 when BGSU will be in the path of totality. Read More

Learning Outcomes
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.