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Physics

Known for the strength of its research in both theoretical and experimental physics, the department’s research has a global impact. Its experimental nuclear and particle physics groups are involved in cutting-edge international collaborations in the U.S., Europe and the Far East. The theoretical groups in cosmology, quantum theory, nuclear physics and condensed matter are also internationally known. Our experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics groups have labs and projects based locally, some of which are associated with the S.C. SmartState Center focused on nanoscale physics research.

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 in consultation with our faculty researchers.

 

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
  • Intermediate Experimental Physics
  • Quantum Physics I and II
  • Mechanics
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Thermal Physics and Statistical Mechanics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Advanced Experimental Physics I and II

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 a Ph.D. in physics. The programs include nuclear and particle physics, theoretical and computational physics, astronomy and astrophysics, and condensed matter and nanotechnology.

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 The Graduate School. 

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 The 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.