Physics students at the School of Mines gain fundamental training in the basic laws of physics and develop skills that will allow them to explore physical phenomena and solve related problems. Students receive a background in Physics applications valuable for employment in industry or graduate study in physics or other fields such as geophysics, meteorology, metallurgy, and many branches of engineering.
A new national laboratory, the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory, may be developed within the next five years in Lead, South Dakota, a short distance from the School of Mines. With the development of this laboratory, physics majors will have research and employment opportunities available nowhere else in the region.
Average starting salary: 100 percent graduate school placement