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Physics-Computer Science

A powerful combination of physics and computer science.

By combining significant coursework from the Department of Computer Science while maintaining the integrity of a degree in physics, a physics-computer science major receives a high-quality academic education by participating in hands-on learning opportunities and conducting a rigorous research experience mentored by physics or computer science faculty. A student will work one-on-one with faculty, as well as with an exceptionally strong community of majors.


of students complete a research participation project


of students have a dedicated academic advisor

4 Years

most students graduate in four years thanks to our flexible curriculum

High-Quality Education

  • Combined Curriculum
  • Undergraduate Research
  • The UD Chapter of the Society of Physics Students
  • Primarily a physics major, the curriculum includes more classes in the Department of Computer Science than the traditional physics major. This experience produces a powerful combination of training for students seeking admission to a graduate program or a position in the private sector. Even with the expanded course work in computer science, our students complete the course requirements in four years.

    Small-size classes, taught by faculty, allow students to know their professors from academic and research perspectives. The resulting relationships form the foundation for each student when they identify a research mentor, which could be faculty from either department or a collaboration with both departments. All majors work with their research mentor to complete a rigorous undergraduate research experience, typically lasting multiple semesters.

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    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 five years.

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    Featured Programs and Initiatives

    Review Leader Program

    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.

    Increasing Diversity Through Mentored Research Program

    Each summer, the Department of Physics has accepted undergraduates from other institutions to conduct a research project with UD faculty mentors. UD undergraduate physics majors are typically involved in research projects in the same labs during the summer. The result is a diverse community of students working as colleagues throughout the summer research period. The experience then culminates with all participating students presenting their research results at the UD Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium.


    Department of Physics

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


    available scholarships that identify our majors as preferred recipients


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