Explore fundamentals and frontiers, ranging from atoms and molecules to stars and galaxies, through physics. In the Department of Physics, you will study and apply principles from each of these subject areas on a daily basis. Subfields in physics include the study of astrophysics, atomic and nuclear physics, condensed matter physics, electricity and magnetism, elementary particles, energy, force and motion, heat, optics and laser physics, and sound.
As a physics major, you will learn the essential information and habits needed to succeed as a creative scientist. You can become involved with research as an undergraduate, allowing you to gain hands-on experience at an early stage of academic training instead of waiting for postgraduate or professional research work. Many research opportunities are available with the physics faculty and in conjunction with the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI). You can also work with faculty to publish scholarly journal articles and present research at professional meetings and conferences.
For more information, visit the Department of Physics website.
Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Simply select the area of study and click "Explore".
A variety of opportunities are available to students majoring in physics. Whether you're curious what career opportunities await you; what internships, research projects or student clubs are available; or who your professors will be, we can help you find the answers.