Information for prospective Physics Majors

Career Information

Many graduating Physics majors go on to Masters or Ph.D. programs, and on to careers at universities or research labs. Others move into a variety of industry or commercial jobs that range from labaratory research to stock market forecasting. Physics gives students broad-based technical skills including lab and computing experience that are sough after in most fields of technology.

Physics Major Requirements and Course Information

Physics majors take a core of small courses and labs, plus some independent study research classes. All physics majors are encouraged to get involved in research with faculty members during the summer and academic year.

Physics & Astronomy Research Programs

Our department has three specializations: Materials Science, Computational Physics, and Astrophysics, with active research programs in each field.


Physics students enjoy the Society of Physics Students lounge which includes comfy chairs, a fridge, study space, dedicated computers, and easy access to information on summer research, graduate schools, and careers. The Society of Physics hosts lectures and organizes trips to regional physics destinations like NASA Glenn in Cleveland and Fermilab near Chicago. Some years, they upgrade and race a ethanol-fueled go-kart in regional races. The SPS also does outreach and free physics tutoring. Some physics students join the Stargaze staff at the BGSU Observatory and Planetarium.

Last updated Nov 2012 by Andy Layden, Undergrad Advisor for Physics