Why choose Physics and Astronomy at Wayne State?

Why become a Physics Major ?

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A Degree in Physics...

A degree in Physics equips students with the conceptual foundation they need to excel in the physical sciences, engineering, the health sciences, and many other disciplines. Physics encompasses the notions of energy, mass, momentum, forces, fields and matter that constitute the basis for modern representations of all aspects of physical reality. Physicists are trained to delve directly into the heart of a problem, to strip through layers of complexity, and quickly achieve a basic understanding of even the most complex systems and situations. Physics teaches intellectual rigor and trains students with logic and analytical skills they can use in all fields of human activity. Indeed, these skills can be as useful in a law office, a boardroom, as in a physics laboratory.

Above all, physics is a passport into a broad range of sciences, engineering, medical, and education careers. Physicists are relatively few in our society but you will find them playing key roles in a wide variety of areas including education, government, national laboratories, industrial research, journalism, criminal justice, and even financial institutions! There is no physics industry... but nearly all industries use physics or hire trained physicists. Among the most common occupations are engineer and computer scientist. Many physics bachelors also teach science in secondary schools. Over time, physics bachelors are often promoted into positions that involve managing projects, people, and budgets. A large fraction of physics bachelors continue on their studies to become successful doctors and lawyers.

Physics at Wayne State University

Wayne State University is one of three universities in Michigan recognized for its "intense research activities" by the Carnegie Foundation. The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Wayne State Physics greatly contributes to this classification with annual research grants in excess of five million dollars received from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the National Institute of Health, and several private foundations. The Physics Faculty are actively involved in several research areas including Astrophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, Nuclear Physics, and Particle Physics. They are widely recognized nationally and internationally as leaders in their respective fields of research. In fact, several members of the faculty have been awarded prestigious Career Grants by the National Science Foundation. One of our colleagues, Professor Gavin, was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE) awarded by the President of the United States! 

A great value!

Wayne State Physics and Astronomy combines the opportunities of a big research university and the small student-faculty ratio of a liberal arts college. The Wayne State Physics Department is a medium size department with 30 Faculty committed to excellence in both research and in teaching. Essentially all of our courses are offered by the Faculty. Several of them are recipients of the University's Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Classes, especially advanced classes, have a small number of students. Consequently,  all students receive the attention and care they deserve by the faculty! Undergraduate students get opportunities to become involved in research at an early stage of their student career. Several faculty mentor and involve undergraduates in their research programs. The Department in fact has a strong Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program funded by the National Science Foundation. Wayne State students get the full urban experience and enjoy meeting and getting to know students from diverse backgrounds. 

Compare Tuitions!

College Average Tuition
Wayne State University $10,295
Michigan State $12,366
Eastern Michigan $12,824
Grand Valley $13,920
University of Michigan $14,070
Western University $14,672