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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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SDSU to hold Virtual Physics Bowl XLVII

The South Dakota State University Department of Physics is inviting all South Dakota and area high schools to participate in the Virtual Physics Bowl XLVII March 27. This contest is a popular event known statewide and offers both team and individual competitions.

Society of Physics Students Chapter receives second-straight SPS Chapter Research Award

South Dakota State University’s Society of Physics Students Chapter won the 2021 SPS Chapter Research Award to study hybrid perovskite solar cells. The chapter also received the award in 2020 to study the properties of lithium batteries.

SDSU Society of Physics chapter repeats as outstanding chapter

For the third-straight year, South Dakota State University’s Society of Physics Students chapter was named an outstanding chapter by the Society of Physics Students.