B.Sc. On Campus


South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

48 months
15400 USD/year
15400 USD/year
11020 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The goal of a Physics program of study in physics at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is to provide students with an understanding of the basic laws of physics and to develop skills that will enable students to further explore physical phenomena and solve related problems.


At the bachelor of science Physics at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology level, students will not be expected to specialize in any branch of physics. However, the curriculum does have room for electives, providing an opportunity to develop a minor in other fields of science or in an engineering discipline. It provides a background in applications of physics for students seeking employment in industry and a solid foundation for graduate study in physics or other fields such as geophysics, meteorology, metallurgy, computer science, mathematics, materials science, and many branches of engineering.

Learning outcomes

Because physics is the basis of most engineering disciplines, understanding basic principles of physics can help one become a better engineer. An increasing number of students are choosing a double major, consisting of physics plus some field of engineering. Students going this route often end up in industrial research and development. In a rapidly-changing economy where one field of engineering may be in a slump while others are not, understanding physics can assist students in moving across disciplines. For these reasons, students are encouraged to consider double majors.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Physics I
  • Relativity
  • Thermo-dynamics
  • Electro-magnetism
  • Circuits I
  • Calculus I
  • Nuclear and Partide

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

No deadline for admission. However, all international applicants should submit their documents at least three months prior to the start of the semester.


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application and the State of South Dakota application fee of $20.00. 
  • Academic credentials (translated into English). 
  • SAT or ACT scores - Math sub-scores should be a minimum of 590 on the SAT or 25 on the ACT.
  • Evaluation of academic credentials
  • Financial information documenting ability to pay. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15400 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    15400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15400 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    11020 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11020 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Rapid City

860 - 1300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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