Physics Undergraduate Programs

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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.

Majors

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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Minors

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.