January 27, 2023

Prospective Students

Physics majors at SCSU acquire the background to pursue graduate studies or a number of career options including medical physics, astrophysics, electrical engineering, computer systems engineering, materials science, and technical business management. Courses in nuclear engineering combined with a physics degree can lead to careers in fields such as environmental science, reactor engineering, and nuclear medicine.

Degree Options

  • B.S. and M.S. in Physics in Collaboration with Clemson University — this option is the first-of-its-kind program between the 2 schools that leads to a B.S. from SC state and the M.S. from Clemson in only a 5-year period of time.
  • B.S. in Physics — this standard degree option leads to a graduate school or employment in a wide range of technical fields in industry, government, education, academia, and the private sector.
  • B.S. in Physics with Medical Physics Option — this option leads to medical school, graduate school, or employment at hospitals, government laboratories and other medical facilities.
  • B.S. in Physics with Health Physics Option — this option leads to graduate school or employment at nuclear laboratories, power plants, hospitals, and similar facilities.
  • B.S. in Physics with Astronomy Option — this option leads to graduate school in astronomy or employment in science education such as a K-12 teaching position or a job at a planetarium or science museum.

Beginning Courses

Beginning physics courses are taken in either the first or second year, depending upon the student’s preparation in calculus. The language of physics is mathematics and to pursue any of the exciting physics careers like those above, it is important for students to take the full sequence of calculus.

 Exploring Careers

After the first physics course, a major should seek out faculty members for assignment to a research project. In recent years, projects have included studies of pulsating stars, alternative energy sources, atmospheric ozone content, cosmology, variable star work with NASA’s Kepler Observatory and technology enhancement in the teaching of physics.