Bachelor of Science in Physics

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 available at Wayne State University.

Thanks to our small student/faculty ratio, physics majors are assured of unusually close interaction with their teachers and mentors. Although the B.S. in physics program is primarily targeting students interested in graduate studies in physics, it also satisfies the requirements of industrial and government employers who demand a traditional education in physics.

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Engineering and applied physics option

The bachelor of science (B.S.) with a concentration in applied physics provides students with a strong physical foundation and equips them with the broad skill set required for work and careers in a variety of applied fields, including but not limited to medical and industrial applications and scientific journalism as well as government and related agencies. It combines a thorough training in fundamental physics with sufficient flexibility for students to take courses in other areas, including biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, or mathematics. To that end, students may tailor their course sequence to suit their 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.

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Career insights

This tool provides a broad overview of how major selection can lead to careers and is provided without any implied promise of employment. Some careers will require further education, skills, or competencies. Actual salaries may vary significantly between similar employers and could change by graduation, as could employment opportunities and job titles.