Physics, B.Sc. | South Dakota School of Mines and Technology | Rapid City, United States
48 months
14860 USD/year
14860 USD/year
10440 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The goal of the undergraduate Physics program from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is to help students develop a deep understanding of the laws of physics along with the skills to solve related problems and enable further exploration of physical phenomena.


Students will develop a high level of mathematical skills and become accomplished at oral and written communications. Laboratory skills are emphasized through dedicated courses with research-grade equipment including four semesters of research under faculty mentorship.

The curriculum is guided by the vision to provide both, a background in applications of physics for students seeking employment in industry as well as a solid foundation for graduate study in physics or related fields. For the Bachelor of Science, students are not expected to specialize in a branch of physics. However, the curriculum has room for electives. Recommended electives are listed for students seeking employment or further studies in engineering, computational, medical, or atmospheric physics. About half of SD Mines Physics majors continue on to graduate school, with placement typically 100% for students applying. 


With a Physics program from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, you can work in a wide range of career fields, including:

  • Research
  • Industrial development
  • Environmental science
  • Astrophysics
  • Nuclear technology
  • Medicine
  • Transportation
  • Music, television, and gaming
  • Law and finance

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Vibrations, Waves, and Optics 
  • Differential Equations
  • Explorations in STEM Communications 
  • Experimental Physics Design 
  • Modern Physics
  • Thermodynamics 
  • Statistical Physics 
  • Optics 

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 SCH


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). This includes high school transcripts and transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions attended.
  • English proficiency
  • SAT or ACT scores - Math sub-scores should be a minimum of 520 on the SAT or 20 on the ACT. If the SAT or ACT is not readily available in your country, alternatives will be considered.
  • Evaluation of academic credentials may be required- Check with the Ivanhoe International Center first before sending documents.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14860 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14860 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    14860 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14860 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    10440 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10440 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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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