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Physics (B.S.)

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

  • US 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

Suggested Certificates

  • Experiential Learning

Suggested Minors

  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Biology

Clubs and Organizations

  • Society of Physics Students
  • Sigma Pi Sigma

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.