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Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics

Preparing students for successful careers in math, chemistry, physics, education, health and medicine, and more.

About the Department

As a student in the Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, you’ll be prepared for advanced work in the fields of mathematics or physical science (physics, chemistry, and earth science), and certain fields of health care such as medicine, optometry, pharmacy, and radiography. If teaching is your passion, you can follow the path to become a math or science educator.

Our department is located in the Carhart Science Building and features state-of-the-art physical and chemical science labs with cutting-edge equipment. Wayne State College also boasts the Fred G. Dale Planetarium, the most technologically advanced planetarium in the state, offering weekly shows often led by WSC students on a 30-foot dome. Here you’ll receive further education designed to explain physical laws and mathematical principles. 

Our faculty-student collaboration on research projects, along with participation in regional service and community outreach, lends to successful graduates and high placement rate of graduates in professional schools, where Wayne State students regularly graduate at the top of their classes.

“I chose Wayne State College because it felt like home to me when I visited. Wayne is a small and friendly community, similar to my hometown. I knew Wayne State would give me the attention I wanted to be successful. I love the friendly atmosphere and the affordability. The faculty at Wayne State is amazing. The professors really do care about me, and they are always willing to help. It’s comforting knowing I can meet with my advisor to make sure I’m taking all the necessary classes needed to graduate on time.” 


Sara Arduser

Major: Chemistry/Pre-Pharmacy
Hometown: West Point, Neb.

Physical Sciences and Mathematics Programs

Choose from majors in the physical sciences and math department, or enhance your education by adding on a second major or minor. Explore your options here.

Program Name Bachelor's Pre-Professional or Affiliate Master's Minor Education Field Endorsement Education Subject Endorsement Supplemental Endorsement
Agricultural Engineering              
Architecture (Pre-Architecture)              
Cardiovascular Interventional Technology (Pre-Radiography)              
Chemistry (Chemical Sciences)              
Chemistry Education (7-12)              
Chemistry Health Sciences              
Computed Tomography / Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Pre-Radiography)              
Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Pre-Radiography)              
Earth Science              
Engineering (Pre-Engineering)              
Fermentation Science              
Forensic Science              
Interdisciplinary Studies              
Math (Applied)              
Math (Pure)              
Math Education (6-12)              
Mechanical Engineering              
Oceanography (Pre-Oceanography)              
Optometry (Pre-Optometry)              
Pharmacy (Pre-Pharmacy)              
Radiation Therapy (Pre-Radiography)              
Radiography (Pre-Radiography)              
Science Education (7-12)              

“Welcome from the Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics! We offer a modern curriculum with award-winning teachers that integrate research and state-of-the-art instrumentation into the curriculum. Our faculty not only teach the lectures and the labs, but will be your advisor and give you the guidance needed to be successful in whatever career you choose. All this makes for an excellent science and math education that will allow you to become a successful health care provider or strong science or math teacher, or to work in an industrial or research profession. Take time to visit us and see for yourself the opportunities that are available at WSC!” 


Dave Peitz, Ph.D.

Department Chair
Professor of Chemistry

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, and more.

WSC Service-Learning


Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.

Biology and Chemistry Student Activities


  • Projects, trips, and more – Conduct honors projects, help facilitate money-making projects, and attend national and regional conventions to showcase your math and science skills.
  • Help judge at the Nebraska Science Bowl and Jr. Academy of Science Fairs.
  • Visit area analytical science labs
Student Teaching and Clinical Practice for Education Majors


We encourage all students to complete an internship before graduating, to gain experience in this field of study. Before graduating, you’ll have a chance to work with local agencies. Career Services is also available to help you find the best internship opportunities.

Learn from the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 85% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Physical Sciences and Mathematics Scholarships

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships for physical sciences and math students.

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