Department of Physics and Biophysics
Courses in physics and biophysics allow you to explore the interactions of matter and energy from the simplicity of a swinging pendulum to the complexity of nuclear fusion, galaxy formation, the human brain and the chaos of weather patterns and storms.
A deep understanding of physics involves problem solving, reasoning and experimental skills that are valuable not only to scientists and engineers, but also to every member of society as we move towards a more technological world.
Why Choose Physics at USD?
Gain critical research experience working in labs. Undergraduate researchers and assistants are involved at every level of faculty research. This hands-on experience is rare in the undergraduate world and invaluable for students' careers.
One-on-One Faculty Interactions
Faculty do research in a variety of exciting areas including plasma physics, the foundations of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, molecular and cellular biophysics, biomaterials, astrophysics and physics education. Students can work alongside their faculty mentors in labs and gain opportunities for co-authorship.
Excellent Labs and Facilities
Students gain experience working with cutting-edge technologies and equipment at USD. This experience makes for easier transitions working in other, off-campus labs and the laboratory skills are a highlight when pursuing employment or graduate school placements.sc
Small Class-Sizes, Long-Lasting Connections
Students create lasting relationships with faculty and fellow students that go beyond the classroom and often lead to career connections, alumni networking and letters of recommendation.