Welcome to the Department of Physics
Physics aims to explore the worlds of matter and energy and the relationships that bind them. With direct access to faculty in a department with a low student-to-faculty ratio, your professors will know who you are and help ensure you're successful.
Our undergraduate program is designed so you receive the best of both worlds -- a broad education steeped in the liberal arts through the classroom and technical skills honed through an undergraduate research experience. The undergraduate research experiences contribute to large experiments seeking to understand the fundamental workings of the universe by seeking to detect dark matter or learn more about the properties of neutrinos. Students have great opportunities to be paid to work on cutting-edge research; develop a variety of engineering, computation, and data analysis skills; and visit top-notch educational institutions in the U.S., Europe and Asia while studying internationally with a stipend to match.
Our graduate program provides high quality graduate education to assist the state of South Dakota in becoming a recognized leader in research and technology development, and to increase participation in the opportunities afforded by the creation of the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF). We expect students in the program to conduct research activities consistent with the experiments at SURF and to contribute in meaningful ways to those experiments. Students typically pursue a research topic as soon as they enroll in our program with projects focused on experiments searching for rare physics events located in underground environments.
Degrees in physics qualify you for further graduate study and for jobs in such industries as energy, electronics, communications, aerospace and medical instrumentation.
Join our community of explorers, pioneers and educators in the USD Department of Physics.