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Physics (B.S.) - Science Teaching Specialization

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Spark the curiosity and ambition of future scientists.

Everything you interact with, from the devices you use to the natural world around you, is governed by the principles of physics. Physics is often referred to as the foundational science because of its deep connections to other natural sciences and mathematics. Studying physics offers students vast opportunities to explore the unknown and address some of society’s most pressing scientific challenges. Engaging high-school students in the study of physics sets them up for academic success and excellent careers in STEM fields.

A B.S. degree in Physics – Science Teaching Specialization will prepare students for careers in high-quality teaching of physics at the middle and high school levels. The program is designed to produce highly qualified physics teachers to address local and national shortages. This degree is CAEP accredited and along with satisfactory performance on required praxis examinations satisfies State of South Dakota requirements for science teaching endorsement.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are a creative problem solver.
  • Are curious about fundamental principles of the universe.
  • Enjoy working with people.
  • Enjoy creating mathematical solutions to fundamental problems.
  • Want a degree to unlock best science teaching practices.

Career Opportunities

  • High school teacher
  • Middle school teacher
  • Corporate trainer

Recent Employers

  • School districts throughout the U.S., with concentration in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa

Clubs and Organizations

  • Society of Physics Students
  • National Science Teachers Association
  • Sigma Pi Sigma
  • Astronomy Club

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.