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Department of Physics

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Who should major in Physics?

Are you curious how the world works? Congratulations. You’ve found us! We have three tracks and one specialization to meet your career needs.


""Advance Degree Interest

Are you interested in an advanced degree in Engineering? Physics education provides rigorous curriculum, mathematical skills, laboratory techniques, and undergraduate research opportunities for your success in Master’s and PhD degree programs in any field in Engineering.

""Physics Graduates

Pre-Med, Pre-Law, pre-MBA students: Physics graduates score the second highest in MCAT, LSAT and GMAT tests among all disciplines. 

Physics Teaching

Science or physics teachers: SDSU Department of Physics offers an approved SD Education Certification.


Physics is the foundation of almost all of the science and engineering disciplines. If you are a student in biological science, health science, engineering, mathematics, and physical science we have courses appropriate for you. Whether you are interested in a career in physics research, education, engineering, medicine, nuclear medicine, law, science journalism or alternatively many other choices, a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics could be the choice for you. Others will find it more appropriate to combine the physics major, or a minor in Physics, or a minor in Nuclear Engineering with another major (EE/ME/CE/Computer Science).

Who should double-major in Physics

Engineering students in ME/CE/EE: Engineering students double-majoring in Physics will have not only the practical knowledge of respective engineering field, but also the fundamental understanding behind the technologies of tomorrow. The knowledge of modern physics and quantum mechanics will make you become a true leader in any engineering fields.

Computer Science: Physics built the hardware of the computers in the past. Physics invented the present internet. Physics will rule the future with Quantum computing.

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Department of Physics
Daktronics Engineering Hall 255, PO Box 2222
Office Phone #: 605-688-5428

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Society of Physics Students names McTaggart Outstanding Chapter Advisor

South Dakota State University associate professor Robert McTaggart was selected as the Society of Physics Students’ Outstanding Chapter Advisor for 2019-20.

Society of Physics Students chapter wins national research award

South Dakota State University’s Society of Physics Students Chapter won the 2020 SPS Chapter Research Award. The chapter, which has been honored as an outstanding chapter the past two years, is trying to improve energy storage when using lithium metal a different way in batteries.

NSF grant puts spin in semiconductor materials

Associate physics professor Parashu Kharel received a three-year, nearly $160,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop and test new semiconductor materials.