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.

About Physics About Physics Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences, exploring the universe from its smallest to grandest scales. Physics attempts to understand nature in both its greatest simplicity and its most uncontrollable complexity. Physicists are model-builders of everything from the architecture of the cosmos, to the substructure of the nuclei, the complexity of life, and even the hidden patterns of the stock market.
About Biophysics About Biophysics Biophysics lies at the intersection of physics, biology and chemistry. It focuses on applying the understanding, methods and quantitative skills gained in physics to a vast array of biological systems in order to gain new insights into biological problems ranging from brain function, vascular networks, and DNA synthesis to biomedical devices, drug delivery and aquatic animal migration.

Why Choose Physics at USD?

Research Opportunities

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

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.