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

Students who wish to pursue P-12 teacher certification 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. Physics majors, with some additional chemistry courses, can qualify for Physical Science Teacher Certification. Courses specific to the Physics 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

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill General Education categories.

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill World Languages and Cultures categories.

I. General Education
A. New Student Seminar1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
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
Fulfilled by CSIT 104 in the major.0
H. Mathematics
Fulfilled by MATH 122 or AMAT 120 in the major.0
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Fulfilled by PHYS 191 in the major.0
J. Physical Education1
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 Perspectives – Fulfilled by EDFD 200 in the Teacher Education sequence.0
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Fulfilled by SASE 210 in the Teacher Education sequence.0
II. World Languages
A. World Languages3
B. World Cultures - counted in K3. above.0
III. Major Requirements
A. 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
PHYS 464Quantum Mechanics3
B. Physics Electives
Complete 3 credits from the list below.3
C. Collateral Requirements
CSIT 104Python Programming I3
CHEM 120General Chemistry I4
CHEM 121General Chemistry II4
MATH 122Calculus I4
or AMAT 120 Applied Calculus A
MATH 221Calculus II4
or AMAT 220 Applied Calculus B
MATH 222Calculus III4
AMAT 350Applied Mathematics I3
or MATH 325 Ordinary Differential Equation
or PHYS 377 Mathematical Physics
IV. Teacher Education Sequence
See requirements below.37
V. Free Electives
Complete additional coursework to reach 120 credits.1
Total Credits120
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 470Solid State Physics3
PHYS 480Astrophysics3
PHYS 495Research or Independent Study in Physics1-4

Teacher Ed Program Requirements (P-12)

Teacher Ed 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.)
The Teaching of Science in Secondary Schools (Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science, or Physics majors.)
Methods of Teaching Social Studies
Teaching Spanish in K-12
Theatre Teaching Methods
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