Physics Major, with Teacher Certification in Physical Science (Preschool-Grade 12) (B.S.)

Students who wish to pursue P-12 teacher certification in Physical Science must apply to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Please visit the Teacher Education Program website for the required professional sequence of courses and other important Program requirements, guidelines, and procedures. Students are strongly advised to review the Teacher Education Program Handbook. Students majoring in physics have two teacher certification options to choose from – Physical Science or Physics – and should consult with an advisor to determine which certification program they wish to complete. Courses specific to the Physical Science teacher certification program are listed below.

Teacher Education Sequence

To be eligible for admission to the Teacher Education Program, a student must have a minimum 2.75 GPA in physics major and collateral courses and have successfully completed 12 credits semester hours or more of physics major courses. In addition, in order to remain in the Teacher Education Program students must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA and 2.75 GPA in the major.

A minimum of 120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 credits may be required depending upon the major field of study.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 42 credits of General Education requirements and 3-9 credits of World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

Physics Required Courses
PHYS 191University Physics I4
PHYS 192University Physics II4
PHYS 210Mechanics4
PHYS 240Electricity and Magnetism4
PHYS 350Optics4
PHYS 460Modern Physics4
Physics/Physical Science Elective Courses
Select at least 14 credits from the following:14
Physical Geology
Circuit Theory
Electronics and Digital Circuits
Microprocessors and Their Applications
Astronomy
Advanced Mechanics
Thermodynamics
Fluid Mechanics
Mathematical Physics
Observational Astronomy
Computer Simulations of Physical Systems
Nuclear Physics
Quantum Mechanics
Solid State Physics
Astrophysics
Literature Research in Physics
Laboratory Research in Physics
Physics/Physical Science Collateral Courses
CHEM 120General Chemistry I4
CHEM 121General Chemistry II4
CHEM 230Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 231Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 232Experimental Organic Chemistry I2
CHEM 233Experimental Organic Chemistry II2
CHEM 310Analytical Chemistry3-5
or CHEM 370 Biochemistry I
CSIT 111Fundamentals of Programming I3
MATH 122Calculus I4
MATH 221Calculus II4
MATH 222Calculus III4
MATH 420Ordinary Differential Equations4
Total Credits78

Teacher Ed Program Requirements (P-12)

Teacher Ed Pre-Requisite Requirements
Health for Teacher Education
Select one of the following: 13-4
Biological Sciences
Biology for Survival
The Biology of Human Life
Human Heredity
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology I
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology II
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Genetics
Personal Health Issues
Injury Prevention and Emergency Care
Study of Human Diseases
Perspectives on Drugs
Mental Health
Human Sexuality
Health Education Methods
School Health and Community Services
Counseling Skills for Public Health Professionals
Honors Seminar in Science
Honors Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Science
Principles and Practice of Emergency Care
Nutrition
Speech for Teacher Education
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
Additional Teacher Ed Pre-Requisites
EDFD 200Psychological Foundations of Education3
or PSYC 200 Educational Psychology
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education3
EDFD 221Historical Foundations of American Education3
Select one of the following:3
Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling
Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling
Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling
Professional Sequence
Professional Sequence Courses
Select one of the following:3
Teaching for Equity and Diversity
Teaching for Equity Diversity
Teaching for Equity Diversity
Select one of the following:1
Educating English Language Learners
Educating English Language Learners
Educating English Language Learners
SASE 310Inclusion in Middle and Secondary Schools1
READ 411Language and Literacy3
SASE 314Assessment of Learning1
SASE 316Integrating Technology Across the School Curriculum1
SASE 450Fieldwork3
SASE 451Teaching for Learning I3
Methods Course(s)
Select one of the following according to major:3-7
Foundations of Methods and Curriculum in Art Education II: P-12
Dance Methods
Teaching English (secondary)
Teaching French in P-12: Practice
The Teaching of Health
and Seminar in Physical Education
and Teaching of Secondary Physical Education
The Teaching of Italian in Elementary and Secondary Schools
Methods of Teaching Latin
Methods and Material of TESL
Teaching of Mathematics
Music Classroom Methods I
and Music Classroom Methods II
The Teaching of Science in Secondary Schools
Methods of Teaching Social Studies
Special Topics in Teaching Spanish K-12
Professional Semester Courses
SASE 452Teaching for Learning II3
SASE 453Clinical Practice II9
Total Credits49-54
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