Bachelor of Science
The bachelor of science (B.S.) in physics program at Wayne State gives students a deep foundation of knowledge and problem-solving ability on which they can build a variety of careers.
Many of our physics students are oriented toward basic/general or applied research, but others have pursued careers in teaching, medicine, and engineering. Physics majors benefit from a wide range of opportunities to become involved with the vigorous research programs in the department; they also benefit from the many interdisciplinary academic programs made possible at Wayne State University.
Due to our small student/faculty ratio, physics majors are assured of unusually close interaction with their teachers and mentors. The B.S. in physics program is primarily for students who intend to go on to graduate study in physics. It also satisfies the requirements of industrial and government employers who demand a traditional education in physics.
Engineering and applied physics option
The bachelor of science (B.S.) with a concentration in applied physics is intended to provide the diverse kinds of training which are required for a variety of applied fields and still provide the essential understanding of the physical foundation of those fields. It combines a thorough training in fundamental physics with sufficient flexibility for the student to take courses in other areas such as biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, or mathematics.
The sequence of courses are tailored to the student's particular interests and career objectives. While many graduates proceed directly into industrial positions (particularly in engineering fields), others may go on to graduate school in areas such as biophysics, computer science, engineering, etc.