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Physics (B.S.) - Science Teaching Specialization

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Teach students in middle school or high school.

The physics major with a science teaching specialization provides rigorous training in physics and in education. The curriculum prepares students for a career in education teaching science at the middle and high school levels. The program is designed to produce highly qualified physics teachers to address local and national shortages of physical science teachers. This degree is NCATE 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:

  • Consider yourself a pragmatic person.
  • Are a creative problem solver.
  • Enjoy working with people.
  • Have strong skills in mathematics.
  • Are interested in teaching.

Career Opportunities

  • High school teacher
  • Middle school teacher
  • Corporate trainer

Recent Employers

  • South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa school districts

Clubs and Organizations

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

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.