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The Department of Physics at the University of Dayton offers a vigorous program in both its educational and research endeavors. Our majors are strongly encouraged to become involved in undergraduate research projects and many opportunities exist for such. Graduates find that the undergraduate physics degree provides them with the foundation for various careers in physics and other fields as well. Some of the features of the department:

  • UD ranks among the top 4-year private colleges in the number of graduates who earn the Ph.D. degree in physics.
  • UD physics majors consistently win academic scholarships in national competition.
  • Low student/faculty ratio.
  • Research participation for undergraduates.Modern instructional and research laboratories.
  • Nationally recognized SPS (Society of Physics Students) chapter.
  • Internship and co-op opportunities.

Among these features, the low student/faculty ratio and undergraduate research participation add a dynamic atmosphere to the UD physics department.

Undergraduate Studies

Explore the full program requirements and read course descriptions in the University's online catalog (www) >

Graduate studies

Many of our undergraduate majors go on to graduate studies in physics and related areas. In a joint effort with the School of Engineering, we offer the graduate program in Electro-Optics. Learn more >

Spring 2018 Sigma Pi Sigma Induction Banquet

The Department of Physics at the University of Dayton will host the 2018 Sigma Pi Sigma induction banquet from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 in Virginia W. Kettering Hall, to honor physics students from regional colleges and universities.

Founded in 1921, Sigma Pi Sigma is a member honor society of the Association of College Honor Societies. Sigma Pi Sigma honors outstanding scholarship in physics, encourages interest in physics among students at all levels and promotes an attitude of service toward fellow students, colleagues, and the public. The society has over 75,000 historical members. Election to Sigma Pi Sigma is a lifetime membership. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Jay Mathews 937-229-4933 or Carol Wilbanks 937-229-2311.

Register now for this event (www) >

Students Honored

'Distinguished' Physics Students

The National Society of Physics Students named the University of Dayton's chapter a distinguished chapter for the 2016-17 academic year, for its involvement in local, regional and national Society of Physics Students meetings and events. This comes on the heels of the national organization bestowing "outstanding" and "distinguished" designations on the UD chapter in 2015-16 and 2014-15, respectively.

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Research Funding

STEM Catalyst Grants

The University of Dayton launched a new initiative to invest in and support faculty and student research across the sciences, engineering and mathematics at the University.

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Department of physics

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300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2314