Douglas Raynie, Department Head
Department of Physics
Daktronics Engineering Hall 255
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 .
- A grade of “C” or better is required in SPCM 101 , ENGL 101 , PSYC 101 , and MATH 103 or higher (if these courses are in your plan of study), and all courses for the major (classes with department/program prefix).
- An overall GPA of 2.5 is required to enroll in any education courses.
Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs
South Dakota Department of Education
Certification and Licensure
- Completion of an approved bachelor’s Secondary preparation program.
- Completion of an approved Indian Studies course.
- Pass the state designated content knowledge test or 2.7 GPA in content major coursework.
- Pass the state designated pedagogy test.
- Completion of a Suicide Awareness and Prevention training, available free online through the South Dakota Department of Education.
- Apply online with the South Dakota Department of Education.
- Written recommendation from institution of higher education (SDSU) verifying program completion.
Course Delivery Format
Physics students learn through hands-on and face to face learning in lecture, laboratory, and field based experiences.