Yung Huh, Interim Department Head
Department of Physics
Daktronics Engineering Hall 255
Click here for additional information.
Physics is the foundation of almost all of the science and engineering disciplines. The curriculum in Physics has the flexibility to accommodate a wide range of student interests including engineering, physical science, mathematics, biological science, or health sciences. Graduates find careers in physics research, education, engineering, medicine, nuclear medicine, law, science journalism or alternatively many other choices.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Physics - Science Teaching Specialization, students will:
- Typically be employed as a K-12 science educator or will opt to pursue advanced degrees in education.
- Compare favorably in their basic physics knowledge with students completing similar programs nationally.
- Have developed a basic understanding of the theoretical and mathematical underpinnings of the discipline.
- Have learned the fundamental principles of experimental design, and will have an operational understanding of how to collect, analyze, and interpret experimental data.
- Know how to apply technical knowledge and use appropriate scientific tools to solve problems in a pedagogical setting; both as individuals and as team partners.
- Have a basic understanding of contemporary issues and professional/ethical responsibilities within a local and global context.
The program requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above for all physics courses and a GPA 2.0 or above in PHYS 211-213 (or PHYS 111-113) and PHYS 331.
Accreditation, Certification and Licensure
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs (NCATE)
South Dakota Department of Education
Certification and Licensure
With this major and the accompanying teacher education coursework required for teaching licensure, candidates are eligible to take the Praxis content tests, and apply for a teaching license in South Dakota. Students are required to take the PRAXIS II content test, as well as the PRAXIS II Principles of Learning and Teaching test. The minimum score for the Praxis II PLT must be obtained for teaching licensure and varies by state.
Course Delivery Format
Physics students learn through hands-on and face to face learning in lecture, laboratory, and field based experiences.