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.

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.  Major GPA requirements differ depending on field of study. Consult the Teacher Education Program Handbook for more information.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements14
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3
Major Requirements66-67
Teacher Education Program Requirements37
Total Credits120-121

Major Requirements

Physics Core
PHYS 191University Physics I4
PHYS 192University Physics II4
PHYS 198Introductory Physics Seminar1
PHYS 210Intermediate Mechanics3
PHYS 220Oscillations, Waves, and Optics3
PHYS 230Intermediate Physics Laboratory4
PHYS 300Junior/Senior Physics Seminar1
PHYS 320Statistical and Thermal Physics3
PHYS 330Advanced Physics Laboratory4
PHYS 340Electricity and Magnetism3
PHYS 360Modern Physics3
Physics Electives
Complete 3-4 credits from the list below.3-4
Collateral Requirements
CSIT 104Python Programming I3
CHEM 120General Chemistry I4
CHEM 121General Chemistry II4
CHEM 230Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 232Experimental Organic Chemistry I2
Complete an additional 2 credits of CHEM courses.2
AMAT 120Applied Calculus A4
or MATH 122 Calculus I
AMAT 220Applied Calculus B4
or MATH 221 Calculus II
MATH 222Calculus III4
Teacher Education Sequence
See requirements below.
Total Credits66-67

Major Electives

PHYS 180Astronomy for Everyone4
PHYS 245Fundamentals of Electronics4
PHYS 280Astronomy for Physicists4
PHYS 310Advanced Mechanics3
PHYS 325Computational Physics3
PHYS 341Electronics and Digital Circuits4
PHYS 350Modern Optics4
PHYS 368Fluid Mechanics3
PHYS 377Mathematical Physics3
PHYS 380Observational Astronomy4
PHYS 399Special Topics in Physics1-4
PHYS 451Radiation and Medical Physics3
PHYS 461General Relativity3
PHYS 462Nuclear Physics4
PHYS 464Quantum Mechanics3
PHYS 470Solid State Physics3
PHYS 480Astrophysics3
PHYS 495Research or Independent Study in Physics1-4

Teacher Education Program Requirements (P-12)

Teacher Education Pre-Requisite Requirements
EDFD 200Psychological Foundations of Education3
or PSYC 200 Educational Psychology
or FSHD 216 Adolescent Development
SASE 210Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling3
Professional Sequence
Professional Sequence Courses
SASE 320Curriculum Design for Inclusive Classrooms3
SASE 321Assessment Practices for Inclusive Classrooms3
SASE 322Language and Learning in Content Area Teaching3
Methods Course(s)
Select a Teaching Methods course or courses according to major:3-7
Foundations of Methods and Curriculum in Art Education II: P-12 (Visual Arts major.)
Dance Methods (Dance major.)
Teaching English (secondary) (English major.)
Teaching French in P-12: Practice (French major.)
The Teaching of Health
and Teaching of Secondary Physical Education (Physical Education major.)
The Teaching of Italian in Elementary and Secondary Schools (Italian major.)
Methods of Teaching Latin (Latin major.)
Methods and Material of TESL (Linguistics major.)
Teaching of Mathematics (Mathematics major.)
Music Classroom Methods I
and Music Classroom Methods II (Music major.)
Methods of Teaching Social Studies (History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology major.)
Methods of Teaching Science in Secondary Schools (Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science or Physics major)
Teaching Spanish in K-12 (Spanish major)
Theatre Teaching Methods (Theatre Studies major)
Professional Year Courses
SASE 450Clinical Practice I3
SASE 451Seminar in Inclusive Pedagogies3
SASE 452Advanced Seminar in Inclusive Pedagogies3
SASE 453Clinical Practice II9
Total Credits36-40

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
D. Fine and Performing Arts or F. Humanities
Complete one course from D. Fine and Performing Arts, F1. Great Works and Their Influences or F2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives.3
G. Computer Science
Python Programming I (Fulfilled in the major.)
H. Mathematics
Fulfilled in the major.
Applied Calculus A
Calculus I
I. Natural Science Laboratory
University Physics I (Fulfilled in the major.)
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
Complete one course from K1. American and European History or K2. Global and Cultural Perspectives or IIB. World Cultures.3
3. Social Science Perspectives0
Psychological Foundations of Education (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
Total Credits14

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages3
World Cultures0
Fulfilled by either the K1 or K2 General Education category.
Total Credits3

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
AMAT 120
Applied Calculus A
or Calculus I
CHEM 120 General Chemistry I 4
PHYS 191 University Physics I 4
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
AMAT 220
Applied Calculus B
or Calculus II
CHEM 121 General Chemistry II 4
EDFD 200 Psychological Foundations of Education 3
PHYS 192 University Physics II 4
PHYS 198 Introductory Physics Seminar 1
Second Year
CHEM 230 Organic Chemistry I 3
MATH 222 Calculus III 4
PHYS 210 Intermediate Mechanics 3
SASE 210 Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling 3
Complete one course from one of the following categories: 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts  
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences  
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives  
CHEM 232 Experimental Organic Chemistry I 2
CSIT 104 Python Programming I 3
PHYS 320 Statistical and Thermal Physics 3
PHYS 340 Electricity and Magnetism 3
Third Year
PHYS 220 Oscillations, Waves, and Optics 3
PHYS 230 Intermediate Physics Laboratory 4
PHYS 300 Junior/Senior Physics Seminar 1
Chemistry Elective Course 3
SASE 320 Curriculum Design for Inclusive Classrooms 3
SASE 321 Assessment Practices for Inclusive Classrooms 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education 1
Complete one course from one of the following categories: 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History  
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives  
World Cultures 3
PHYS 360 Modern Physics 3
Physics Elective Course 3
SASE 322 Language and Learning in Content Area Teaching 3
Fourth Year
PHYS 330 Advanced Physics Laboratory 4
SASE 402 Methods of Teaching Science in Secondary Schools 4
SASE 450 Clinical Practice I 3
SASE 451 Seminar in Inclusive Pedagogies 3
SASE 452 Advanced Seminar in Inclusive Pedagogies 3
SASE 453 Clinical Practice II 9
Students may not take any additional courses during the Clinical II semester.  
 Total Credits121