Putting Scientific Theory into Practice

Thanks to engaging courses that utilize hands-on, active learning and highly engaged and accessible faculty, our graduates successfully apply to top graduate schools and to engineering- and chemistry-based industries across the country. Over half of our graduates in recent years have received their doctorates or are currently working towards earning their doctorates.

With courses in physics, astronomy, scientific inquiry, and integrated science education, we are ready to provide you with a rigorous degree while providing you with the support you need to succeed. The faculty maintain an awareness and interest of recent, best practices in physics education. The program also has state-of-the-art Zick and DeGraaf Active Learning Classrooms for our introductory classes, allowing for an interactive atmosphere throughout all phases of the coursework. 

In addition to the BA, BS, and Honors programs in Physics, we also offer the Integrated Science Teachers Certificate Program. You’ll leave prepared to make an impact in secondary education, preparing the next generation to be successful with a solid foundation in STEM knowledge. 

Academic Advising
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Bachelor’s Degrees

Physics (BA) Catalog Description
The bachelor of arts in Physics is an excellent academic option, providing students with a solid foundation for pursuing a number of career fields.

This degree program offers a Honors track. Learn more.

Physics (BS) Catalog Description
Students wishing to pursue graduate school often choose the bachelor of science degree track with its emphasis on additional math requirements. Learn more about this challenging and rewarding academic program.

Secondary Teaching Certificates


Zick & DeGraaf Active Learning Classrooms

The program also has state-of-the-art Zick and DeGraaf Active Learning Classrooms for our introductory classes, allowing for an interactive atmosphere throughout all phases of the physics coursework.

Zick Active Learning Classroom
Made possible by a generous 2010 pledge from the University of Michigan-Flint alum David G. Zick and his wife, Francine, the renovated classroom was completed in 2011 and officially dedicated in October of 2012. As a departure from isolating sit-and-listen lecture halls, the classroom is designed for face-to-face interaction between students and increased instructor-student interaction. Students sit at tables in groups of 5, with networked computer monitors positioned at the end of each table. The smaller environment reduces the distance between learner and the “up-front” screen, enabling students to work collectively on the day’s problems projected through the monitor.

Computer monitors in the Zick Classroom sit atop mobile red tool chests. The familiar mechanic-style hubs house various tools of the science trades, signaling the capacity for hands-on experiments in addition to conversation and computer work. A glance around the room at the remaining shelves and tables reveal the space to be a hybrid of sorts, consolidating lecture, discussion, and laboratory into one educational experience.

DeGraaf Active Learning Classroom
The classroom, made possible by a generous gift from David and Francine Zick, will be named in honor of Dr. Donald DeGraaf, a founding member of the UM-Flint Physics department who taught here from the year the university opened in 1956 until 1990. Like the Zick classroom, the DeGraaf Active Learning Classroom will be a departure from the typical lecture-style classrooms prevalent on college campuses. The design of the classroom is intended to promote dialogue between students and increase teacher-student interaction, using msall groups and activities developed to enhance hands-on learning by consolidating lecture, discussion, and lab work into one educational experience.

For his part, Dr. DeGraaf was touched by the honor. “For a student, simply listening is not learning; for a teacher, simply speaking is not teaching,” said DeGraaf. “Students, especially scientists, must learn with their hands, and this classroom will allow them to do just that and reach their full potential.”