Photo by Matt Kapust, Sanford Underground Research Facility*


What is a physicist?

Physicists explore the nature of physical reality at its most fundamental level, from the icy depths of the South Pole to dark matter weaving the fabric of the universe. They also explore quantum computing, cryogenic rocket fluid, nanotechnology, and cosmic rays.

Mines offers students the unique opportunity to study the origins and make-up of the universe through high-level research projects a mile underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility near campus.

Salary Information Not Available, Physics Graduates Go On To:

  • Raytheon
  • Soudan Underground Lab
  • Bechtel
  • Knolls Atomic Power Lab  
  • Sanford Underground Research Facility


  • research scientist
  • industrial development
  • environmental science
  • cosmologist, astrophysics
  • energy generation, nuclear technology
  • medicine
  • transportation
  • music, television, gaming
  • law, finance

Internships & Co-ops

75% of Mines students gain real-world experience through internships, co-ops, and research at an average salary of over $17 an hour at 240 employers in 39 states, including at Soudan Underground Laboratory and Sanford Underground Research Facility.

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Global Experiences

Students have the opportunity to become Davis-Bahcall Scholars, studying under scientists at Gran Sasso and Frascati National Laboratories in Italy, and Fermi and Argonne National Laboratories in Illinois, as well as visiting 3M.

*Banner Photo  (top of page) credit:  Researchers with the MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR Project at Sanford Lab build their experiment inside a glove box. Photo by Matt Kapust, Sanford Underground Research Facility.

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