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Physics at SC State

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. in Physics
  • B.S. in Physics with Medical Physics Option
  • B.S. in Physics with Health Physics Option
  • B.S. in Physics with Astronomy Option

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.