Future students

Physics encompasses the study of the universe from subatomic particles and the forces between them to the largest structures of galaxies and the origin and fate of the universe. It's the basis of many other sciences, including chemistry, oceanography, seismology, and astronomy and can be applied to biology and the medical sciences. All are accessible with a bachelor's degree in physics.

Advances in technology are providing above-average job growth in areas that require strong proficiency in science and mathematics, making the choice of a degree in physics and astronomy a wise one.

Why study physics at Wayne State in Detroit?

We train students to solve problems and equip them with analytical skills making them versatile and adaptable across all disciplines. We have faculty who are active researchers in astrophysics, high energy particle physics, nuclear physics, physics of the cell, physics of soft matter, and physics of solid-state devices similar to transistors.

Our graduates can be found in academia, industry, government labs, medical schools, teaching, and pursuing further studies in engineering and physics. We offer undergraduate programs in general physics, applied physics, biomedical physics, and astronomy, as well as both Masters and PhD programs, that can prepare you for a rewarding career in any number of fields.

AP program

The Advanced Placement (AP) program provides high school students the opportunity to complete college-level courses during secondary school. Wayne State University is proud to participate in the Advanced Placement tradition.

Learn more about available tests, scores, and equivalencies

Research opportunities

As part of our undergraduate Honors program, students may participate in these areas of research with a faculty mentor. Many undergraduates participate in paid research projects through the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, funded by the National Science Foundation. Graduate students, enrolled in both Masters and PhD programs, have the opportunity to work with world class physicists working in a wide variety of fields.