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Physics (B.S.)

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Physics is foundational to all of the science and engineering disciplines.

The curriculum in Physics at SDSU has the flexibility to accommodate a wide range of student interests and careers.  These include physics research, engineering, science journalism, nuclear science, medical physics, business and finance, law, medicine, biophysics, military, oceanography, geophysics and many other alternative choices.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Consider yourself a pragmatic person.
  • Are a creative problem solver.
  • Are curious about how the universe works.
  • Have strong skills in mathematics.
  • Enjoy figuring out how things work.

Career Opportunities

  • Research physicist (government labs, universities or high-tech industries)
  • Applications and project engineering
  • Professional schools (medicine, law, MBA, etc.)
  • Science writing
  • Higher education

Recent Employers

  • U.S. Air Force and Navy
  • Interstate Control Systems
  • Daktronics
  • Graduate school in electrical engineering, medical physics, physics and nuclear engineering
  • Xcel Energy

Internship Opportunities

  • National Science Foundation – research experiences for undergraduates
  • NASA – research experiences for undergraduates
  • High tech industry
  • Nuclear industry
  • Engineering

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.