Student Resources

Students who are studying physics or biophysics at USD are encouraged to utilize the following resources.

Society of Physics Students

USD's Society of Physics Students (SPS) is a vibrant and active club designed for any student interested in the wonders of physics. In addition to regular organizational meetings, SPS usually offers two to three major gatherings per semester, including such recent events as:

  • Department gathering and volleyball at Mission Beach
  • Stationary sky diving at I-FLY Hollywood
  • Microwave Physics and liquid nitrogen demonstrations
  • LIQUID NITROGEN ICE CREAM!!! (a serious crowd pleaser)

All interested USD students are invited to join SPS. No training or classes are required; all you need is a strong curiosity about the physical world around you.

In addition to our local chapter, all interested students are encouraged the join the national chapter of the Society of Physics Students. Membership fees are very reasonable and entitle you to Physics Today, a physics magazine written specifically for undergraduates, as well as many science networking opportunities.

Tutoring

Tutoring for students enrolled physics courses is available each semester. Tutors and schedules may change from semester to semester.

Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays 4–6 p.m.
Location: Shiley Science & Technology, Room 252A (h-Bar) 
Contact: physics@sandiego.edu
Tutors: William Weigand

Study Abroad Opportunities

Program
Location
Term
  • Italy: Florence - Florence University of the Arts (Semester)
    Florence, Italy
    Spring, 2017

    Program Type

    Undergraduate

    Advisor

    Alana Franklin - afranklin@sandiego.edu

    Disciplines Offered

    Psychology (PSYC), Physics (PHYS), Political Science and International Relations (POLS), Music (MUSC), Philosophy (PHIL), Information Technology Management (ITMG), Italian (ITAL), Finance (FINA), History (HIST), Sociology (SOCI), School of Business, Theology (THRS), Undergraduate, Visual Art (ARTV), Art History (ARTH), Environmental and Ocean Sciences (ENVR), Communication Studies (COMM), College of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry (CHEM), Business Administration (BUSN), English (ENGL), Economics (ECON)

    Program Dates

    Jan 25, 2017 - May 11, 2017

    Application Deadline

    Oct 5, 2016

  • Australia: Cairns & Townsville - James Cook University (Semester)
    Townsville, Australia
    Cairns, Australia
    Spring, 2017
    Fall, 2016

    Program Type

    Undergraduate

    Advisor

    Sabrina Kaiser - skaiser@sandiego.edu

    Disciplines Offered

    Visual Art (ARTV), School of Business, Undergraduate, Physics (PHYS), Psychology (PSYC), Accounting (ACCT), Marine Science (MARS), English (ENGL), College of Arts and Sciences, Biology (BIOL), Anthropology (ANTH), History (HIST), Environmental and Ocean Sciences (ENVR)

    Program Dates

    -
    -

    Application Deadline

    Mar 16, 2016

  • Spain: Madrid - Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Semester Exchange) (Exchange)
    Madrid, Spain
    Spring, 2017

    Program Type

    Undergraduate

    Advisor

    Derek Brendel - dbrendel@sandiego.edu

    Disciplines Offered

    Undergraduate, Communication Studies (COMM), Spanish (SPAN), Physics (PHYS), Mathematics (MATH), Engineering (ENGR), Economics (ECON), School of Engineering, School of Business

    Program Dates

    Jan 10, 2017 - May 19, 2017

    Application Deadline

    Oct 5, 2016

  • New Zealand: Wellington - Victoria University (Semester)
    Wellington, New Zealand
    Spring, 2017
    Fall, 2016

    Program Type

    Undergraduate

    Advisor

    Sabrina Kaiser - skaiser@sandiego.edu

    Disciplines Offered

    Finance (FINA), English (ENGL), Environmental and Ocean Sciences (ENVR), Electrical Engineering (ELEC), Engineering (ENGR), Economics (ECON), Education (EDUC), Communication Studies (COMM), Computer Science (COMP), Management (MGMT), History (HIST), Marketing (MKTG), Mathematics (MATH), Mechanical Engineering (MENG), Music (MUSC), Philosophy (PHIL), Physics (PHYS), Political Science and International Relations (POLS), Psychology (PSYC), Accounting (ACCT), Chemistry (CHEM), Sociology (SOCI), Behavioral Neuroscience (NEUR), Art History (ARTH), Theology (THRS), Architecture (ARCH), Theatre (THEA), Anthropology (ANTH), Business Administration (BUSN), Biology (BIOL)

    Program Dates

    -
    -

    Application Deadline

    Mar 16, 2016

Department of Physics and Biophysics
College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Us

Phone: (619) 260-4058
Fax: (619) 260-6874
USDPhysicsDept@gmail.com

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