Our majors contribute to ground breaking experiments. 

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Students graduating with a B.S. in physics are expected to speak and write well, possess critical thinking skills and have an interdisciplinary perspective that will serve them well in all aspects of their lives.


Physics: Bachelor of Science
Students majoring in physics take a traditional undergraduate physics curriculum that includes courses in classical mechanics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, optics and electronics.

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Physics: B.S. with Secondary Education Certification
For a teaching major in Physics, complete the Physics degree along with the appropriate teaching certification courses.

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Four-Year Program Guides

The Classroom & Beyond

  • Center for Ultra-low Background Experiments at Dakota (CUBED) will allow USD and collaborators to fully participate in experiments planned for the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF).

  • The Physics Club is USD's chapter of the National Society of Physics & Astronomy Students and sponsors guest speakers, social events, a physics fair and astronomy skywatching.

  • LUX

    The Large Underground Xenon (LUX)​ Experiment presents a program for the construction and deployment of a large two-phase liquid/gas xenon dark matter detector and water shield, to be installed in the Sanford Deep Underground Laboratory at the Homestake Mine, South Dakota.

After Graduation

Our graduates are invaluable in industries dealing with energy, electronics, communications, aerospace, medical instrumentation and more.

Potential Careers

  • Staff Specialist
  • Medical Physicist
  • Physician
  • Director of Integration
  • Patent Examiner

Recent Employers

  • Nuclear Engineering Program, UC-Berkeley
  • Health Care Facility
  • Hospitals and Clinics
  • Digital Sound Systems
  • US Patent Office
Success Story

Success Stories

USD is different than other schools because of the availability of on-campus jobs. Joseph Mammo, 2017 Graduate