Physics

Physics is the most fundamental of the physical sciences and involves the basic principles that govern the workings of the universe from atoms to galaxies. The understanding of nature and the problem solving abilities students develop serve them well in any technical field. If you want to help solve the world’s problems, then physics is where it’s at!

Beyond the basics

Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers in:

  • Astronomer
  • Biophysical researcher
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Engineering firms
  • Wind and solar energy sectors

Students get a lot of one-on-one time and group interactions with expert professors.

Students engage in a high-quality research project that gives them problem solving and analytical skills for careers or graduate programs.

All advanced physics courses are delivered in a flipped format, which is an alternative model to the traditional lecture-style of teaching.

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Solve the World’s Problems

State-of-the-art facilities and equipment

  • Parallel computer for space research
  • Robotics Lab
  • 3D printer

Science Visit Day

Nov. 18, 2017

Join us on campus for this visit day for students interested in STEM and science. Meet professors, tour our state-of-the-art facilities, and interview for scholarships!

Internships

  • NASA
  • Monticello Nuclear
  • REU: University of Nebraska
  • REU: Montana State University
  • REU: Duke University

Careers

  • 3D52 Engineering, Project Manager
  • Raytheon, Software Engineer

Graduate School

  • Montana State University
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Major in Physics (51 credit hours)

  • MATH 160 Calculus I: Elementary Applied Calculus
  • MATH 161 Calculus II: Theory and Applications
  • MATH 260 Calculus III: Intermediate Calculus
  • MATH 261 Calculus IV: Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH 361 Differential Equations
  • PHYS 211 General Physics I
  • PHYS 212 General Physics II: Calculus-Based
  • PHYS 310 Classical Mechanics
  • PHYS 360 Mathematical Physics
  • PHYS 370 Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYS 380 Theoretical Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHYS 481 Research I
  • PHYS 482 Research II
  • Electives from MATH, CMSC or PHYS at the 300 level

Recommended support work

  • CMSC 181 Computer Science I
  • CMSC 182 Computer Science II
  • PHYS 353 Thermodynamics

Major in Engineering Physics (31 credit hours)

This option is available only to the students in the dual degree program.

  • MATH 160 Calculus I: Elementary Applied Calculus
  • MATH 161 Calculus II: Theory and Applications
  • MATH 260 Calculus III: Intermediate Calculus
  • MATH 261 Calculus IV: Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH 361 Differential Equations
  • PHYS 211 General Physics I
  • PHYS 212 General Physics II: Calculus-Based
  • 2 courses from PHYS 310, 360, 370 or 380

Plus completion of engineering curriculum at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

Minor in Physics (17 credit hours)

3 courses from

  • PHYS 310 Classical Mechanics
  • PHYS 353 Thermodynamics
  • PHYS 370 Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYS 380 Theoretical Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHYS 211 General Physics I
  • PHYS 212 General Physics II: Calculus-Based

Major in Physics with Teaching Licensure (5-12) (42 credit hours)

  • MATH 160 Calculus I: Elementary Applied Calculus
  • MATH 161 Calculus II: Theory and Applications
  • MATH 260 Calculus III: Intermediate Calculus
  • MATH 261 Calculus IV: Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH 361 Differential Equations
  • PHYS 211 General Physics I
  • PHYS 212 General Physics II: Calculus-Based
  • PHYS 310 Classical Mechanics
  • PHYS 360 Mathematical Physics
  • PHYS 370 Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYS 380 Theoretical Electricity and Magnetism
  • Physics electives at the 300 level
  • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

Recommended support work:

  • PHYS 353 Thermodynamics

General Science Teaching Licensure (5-12)

Add the following courses

  • BIOL 163 Biological Principles I
  • CHEM 151 General Chemistry I

Minor in Physics with Teaching Licensure (5-12) (24 credit hours)

  • PHYS 211 General Physics I
  • PHYS 212 General Physics II: Calculus-Based
  • Physics electives at the 300 level
  • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

Faculty

Dr.   Shawn  Stone

Shawn Stone

Professor of Physics/General Science

Dr.   Lisa  Mellmann

Lisa Mellmann

Assistant Professor of Physical Science

BVU Receives Prestigious NSF Grant for STEM Scholarships

Each year BVU selects 15-18 students to receive grant funding of $5,000 max per year for up to four years and $2,000 for a science sampler interim trip.

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BVU Receives Prestigious NSF Grant for STEM Scholarships