Undergraduate Studies


Adam physics

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?

Do 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.

Program Requirements

Updated: 04/16/2020 03:15PM