Physical Science at BHSU

Learn From The Best

As a Physical Science major, you will work directly with BHSU’s world class science faculty and some of the world’s preeminent scientists at state-of-the-art facilities on campus, in the Black Hills area, and in national and international labs. For example, BHSU students in the Underground Physics group are members of worldwide collaborations designing next generation experiments in neutrinos and dark matter. They attend conferences and meetings throughout the world including Kyoto, Japan and Gran Sasso, Italy.

Enjoy The Experience

You will be involved in cutting-edge research projects, leading to presentations at conferences and publications in peer-reviewed journals. You will get hands-on experience through internships, with opportunities available from a wide range of organizations and facilities such as the Sanford Underground Research Facility, NASA, the National Science Foundation, the US Geological Survey, the US Forest Service, and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks. You can also serve in leadership roles in student clubs such as Scientia and the Astronomy Club.

Physical Science Requirements

Required Core - 26 semester hours

  • 4 CHEM 112/L General Chemistry I & Lab (gen ed)
  • 4 CHEM 114/L General Chemistry II & Lab (gen ed)
  • 4 MATH 123 Calculus I
  • 4 MATH 125 Calculus II 
  • 4-5 PHYS 211/L University Physics I & Lab
  • 4-5 PHYS 213/L University Physics II Lab  

Select one course from the following list:

  • CHEM 490 Seminar
  • ENGL 379 Technical Communication
  • GEOL 490 Seminar

Select 12 credit hours from the following list:

  • CHEM 492 Topics (3-6)
  • CHEM 498 Research (3-6)
  • GEOL 392 Topics (3-6)
  • PHYS 492 Topics (3-6)
  • PHYS 498 Research (3-6)
  • SCI 492 Topics (3-6)
  • SCI 494 Internship (3-6)

Take 1 MATH course from the following: 3-4 hours

  • MATH 225 Calculus III 
  • MATH 281 Introduction to Statistics
  • MATH 315 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 316 Discrete Mathematics
  • MATH 318 Advanced Discrete Mathematics
  • MATH 321 Differential Equations
  • MATH 373 Introduction to Numerical Analysis
  • MATH 413 Abstract Algebra
  • MATH 487 Design of Experiments

Select 6 courses (&Lab) from the following: 18-24 hrs: May not duplicate from above.

  • CHEM 326/L Organic Chemistry I & Lab
  • CHEM 328/L Organic Chemistry II  Lab
  • CHEM 332/L Analytical Chemestry & Lab
  • CHEM 342/L Physical Chemestry I & Lab
  • CHEM 344/L Physical Chemistry II & Lab
  • CHEM 434/L Instrumental Analysis & Lab
  • CHEM 452/L Inorganic Chemistry & Lab
  • CHEM 464/L Biochemistry I & Lab
  • CSC 150 Computer Science I
  • CSC 250 Computer Science II
  • CSC 260 Object Oriented Design
  • CSC 300 Data Structures
  • CSC 316 Discrete Mathematics (may not duplicate from above)
  • CSC 318 Advanced Discrete Mathematics
  • CSC 410 Parallel Computing
  • CSC 433 Computer Graphics
  • CSC 482 Algorithm Analysis
  • GEOL 201/L Physical Geology & Lab
  • GEOL 310 Volcanology
  • GEOL 340 Mineralogy and Petrology
  • GEOL 370 Hydrogeology
  • PHYS 331 Introduction to Modern Physics
  • PHYS 341 Thermodynamics
  • PHYS 343 Statistical Physics
  • PHYS 361 Optics
  • PHYS 451 Classical Mechanics
  • PHYS 471 Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYS 481 Mathematical Physics
  • SCI 388 GIS/GPS

Gen Ed Requirements - 30 semester hours

  • ENGL 101 Composition I (3)
  • ENGL 201 Composition II (3)
  • SPCM Speech 101, 215, or 222 (3)
  • * Gen Ed - Social Science (9)
  • * Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities (12)
  • Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab (8)

* Global Requirement: depending on your selection, this requirement will satisfy 3 hours of either Social Science or Arts & Humanities requirements. Take 1 course from AIS/HIST 257, ANTH 210, ARTH 211/212/251, ENGL 211/212, GEOG 210, HIST 121/122/153, HUM 100, MCOM 151, POLS 141/250

A minor is NOT required with this major but electives are required to total 120 hours, of which 36 hours must be 300-400 level courses.

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