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Physical Science

Interested in pursuing a career in teaching?

The physical science major meets the needs of the teaching profession, with a flexible curriculum that includes teaching-related experiential learning opportunities. This major not only services students wishing to enter the teaching profession, but also can accommodate students who want high-quality training in physics and mathematics, or who are considering a career in health care, the legal profession or other science areas.

  • 100%

    of students have conducted research or completed a capstone experience

  • 100%

    of majors have acted as review leaders, providing support to non-physics majors

  • Flexibility

    students can declare a double major or dual degree with the School of Education and Health Sciences

High-Quality Education

  • Review Leader Program
  • Undergraduate Research or Capstone Experience
  • Flexible Curriculum
  • Physics majors have the opportunity to support the instruction of our non-science major physics classes. Review leaders work with faculty, attend class and conduct weekly review sessions for students enrolled in the class. This is an excellent experiential opportunity for physics majors to expand their understanding of fundamental physics and be able to answer student’s questions from a primarily conceptual level.

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    Physical science majors can choose to work with a physics research mentor to complete a rigorous undergraduate research experience, or complete an educational capstone experience in cooperation with the School of Education and Health Sciences.

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    The physical science major provides great flexibility in the curriculum. In addition to traditional physics, students can select courses from any of the physical and life sciences to provide curricular breadth, based upon their career interests and preferences.


    Visit Campus

    Interested in learning more about physical science? We'd love to meet with you. Schedule an academic appointment by calling our department at 937-229-2311. You can also choose to schedule a general campus tour and admission presentation.

    Featured Programs and Initiatives

    The UD Chapter of the Society of Physics Students

    The Chapter has many activities, including their yearly participation in the Dayton Region Affiliate Society Council’s TechFest, which is A STEM Educational Outreach program. Because of their outstanding programming, our chapter has received multiple Marsh White Awards and has been nationally recognized as either an “Outstanding” or “Distinguished” Chapter in each of the last 5 years.

    Observation and Field Experience

    For those who have chosen to purse a double degree with the School of Education and Health Sciences, students spend time in local schools logging observation hours as part of their coursework and exposure to the teaching profession.

    Experiential Learning

    Real-World Experience

    Through practical learning opportunities like internships and co-ops, you can build your resume, gain practical experience and prepare for a successful career.


    Department of Physics

    Science Center, Room 111
    300 College Park
    Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2314


    available scholarships that identify our majors as preferred recipients


    of students are employed within six months of graduation