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Students gain a high-quality academic experience that includes participating in experiential learning opportunities and rigorous research mentored by physics faculty. Students will work one-on-one with faculty, along with an exceptionally strong community of physics majors.


of students complete a research participation project


of students have a dedicated academic advisor

A Top 4-Year Private School

in the number of graduates who earn a doctoral degree

High-Quality Education

  • Personal Attention and Research
  • The UD Chapter of the Society of Physics Students
  • Bachelor’s Plus Master’s Program in Electro-Optics
  • 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. Undergraduate majors make multiple presentations at local, regional and national professional conferences.

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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 5 years.

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    Physics majors at UD can obtain a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in electro-optics in five years. They then have the option to continue on to a doctoral degree through the Department of Electro-Optics and Photonics.

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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


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