Physics at South Carolina

Especially known for the strength of its research in both theoretical and experimental physics, the department’s research has a global impact. Its nuclear and particle physics groups are involved in cutting-edge international collaborations, while the theoretical groups in cosmology, quantum theory and nuclear physics are also internationally known.

What to Expect

As a physics major, you will be exposed to challenging coursework that will give you a solid foundation in all of the central areas of physics including Newtonian mechanics, electricity and magnetism, statistical physics and quantum mechanics. You will also have the opportunity to tailor the program to your own interests by choosing from specialized experimental courses or designing your own research program.

The important applied areas of nanotechnology and computational physics are increasingly popular. A new applied track for undergraduate physics majors, known as engineering physics, is an interdisciplinary program that meshes the science with engineering. This degree uniquely prepares you to compete successfully in the job market or to pursue graduate studies in either physics or engineering.

 

Undergraduate Degree

B B.S. in Physics

In the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Physics and Astronomy has a strong and vibrant department with an internationally recognized faculty pursuing world-class research.

The following courses fulfill some of the requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Physics:

  • Introduction to Modern Physics
  • Classic Experiments in Physics I and II
  • Quantum Physics I and II
  • Mechanics
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Thermal Physics and Statistical Mechanics
  • Solid Electronics
  • Digital Electronics

Students wishing to pursue an intensive major or concentration will be required to complete additional courses.

 

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.

 

Graduate Degrees

The College of Arts and Sciences offers both a master’s and Ph.D. in physics. The programs include nuclear and particle physics, theoretical and computational physics, astronomy and astrophysics and condensed matter and nanotechnology.

M  M.S. in Physics

Graduate Director: Richard Creswick, 803-777-3766, creswick.rj@sc.edu

Program Contact: Kelly Gibson, (803) 777-4121, gibsonkm@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

D  Ph.D. in Physics

Graduate Director: Richard Creswick, 803-777-3766, creswick.rj@sc.edu

Program Contact: Kelly Gibson, (803) 777-4121, gibsonkm@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.