Academic Programs

The Wayne State University Department of Physics & Astronomy offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. These programs provide for a very strong career foundation. They are described in this and related pages. Follow the links!

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Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers the following undergraduate degree programs.


Bachelor of Science in Physics Program

The Bachelor of Science degree in Physics program offers two options. These two options are designed to meet the needs of  particular groups of students although they are flexible enough to avoid limiting the student to a particular future program. 

The general physics option is primarily for students who intend to go on to graduate studies in physics. It also satisfies the requirements of industrial and government employers who demand a traditional education in physics.

The applied physics option is intended to provide diverse training which is required for a variety of applied fields and to provide the essential understanding of the physical foundations of those fields. It combines 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, and mathematics.

Physics Honors program is also available.


Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Physics Program


The   biomedical physics program   deals with applications of physics to questions of biology and medicine. It is an interdisciplinary program, combining courses from physics, biology and medicine. It is designed to train students to use quantitative, physical science inspired approaches to problems of the life sciences. This program will prepare students for careers or graduate studies in biophysics, medicine, biomedical engineering, medical physics or any other field requiring physical and technological approaches to medical or biological questions.


A Biomedical Physics Honors program is also available.


Bachelor of Arts in Astronomy - New program!

The Bachelor of Arts in Astronomy program is intended to provide students with foundational knowledge in astronomy, including contemporary developments such as the problems of dark matter and dark energy in the universe. Students graduating with a B.A. in astronomy will have strong scientific preparation for entry-level jobs or advanced degree programs in a broad spectrum of disciplines including business, education, law, and social and physical sciences. Students can prepare for graduate studies in astronomy and astrophysics under the B.A. program in astronomy, with chemistry and physics electives, or under the B.S. program in physics with a minor in astronomy.


Graduate Programs

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers full programs of graduate study leading to M.S.M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in physics.

These degree programs are designed to provide the student with the broad knowledge and problem solving skills that are needed in order to be a productive physicist in an academic, government, or industrial environments. The programs can accommodate students with varying undergraduate backgrounds and are designed to provide maximum flexibility for academic development to individual students. At the doctoral level, specializations are offered in the areas of applied physics, atomic physics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, high energy physics, materials science, mathematical physics, optics, and quantum field theory.


Summary of All Programs

Bachelors Masters Doctorate
B.S. - Physics (General Physics Option) M.S. - Master of Science Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy
B.S. - Physics (Applied Physics Option) M.A. - Master of Arts  
B.S. – Biomedical Physics M.S. - Masters in Biomedical Engineering (College of Eng.)  
B.A. - Physics    
B.A. – Astronomy