Undergraduate admissions

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.

Our talented and dedicated faculty members conduct cutting-edge research in many areas. 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.

Admission requirements

Admission to Wayne State University is selective. Graduates of accredited high schools can qualify for admission in two ways:

  1. Admission is assured for high school graduates with a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.75 (B – ) or better; or
  2. Admission is granted to high school graduates with a high school grade point average between 2.00 and 2.74 provided they obtained a standard composite score of 21, or more, on the American College Test (ACT), or an aggregate score of 970, or more, on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

Transfer students who have completed at least twelve transferrable credits of college work at an accredited institution with a 2.00 (C) cumulative grade point average will be considered for admission on the basis of that work.

Declaration of physics major

Students are formally required to declare their major by the beginning of their junior year. It is however highly recommended to identify and declare the major in physics as early as possible in order to take all the relevant math and physics courses in a timely and effective manner.

To declare a physics major, students should consult the departmental undergraduate advisor well in advance of making a formal declaration, since the acceptance of a declared major is subject to the advice and consent of the department.