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Teaching Specialty - Physics

Major Requirements

Major: Physics Education

Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 148

General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree

  • A list of approved general education courses is available here .
  • General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, should they apply.
Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39

 May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.

 May be satisfied with courses required in the major. Review major requirements to determine if a specific upper division writing course is required.

Major Requirements

Physics Education Requirements
BIOL 124
Environmental Science
and Environmental Science Laboratory (May satisfy general education category S)
ENGL 324Writing in the Sciences (May satisfy general education category C)3
STAT 330Introductory Statistics (May satisfy general education category R)3
Teaching Specialty Requirements
Select One Course Pair:4
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
Select One Course Pair:4
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
CHEM Elective300/400-Level Elective Course & Lab4
CSCI 114Microcomputer Packages3-4
or CSCI 116 Business Use of Computers
or CSCI 160 Computer Science I
GEOL 105
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab (May satisfy general education category G)
GEOL 106
The Earth Through Time
and The Earth Through Time Lab
MATH 129Basic Linear Algebra *3
MATH 165Calculus I4
MATH 166Calculus II4
MATH 265Calculus III4
MATH 266Introduction to Differential Equations3
PHYS 110Introductory Astronomy3
PHYS 171Introductory Projects in Physics1
PHYS 215Research For Undergraduates1
PHYS 251
University Physics I
and University Physics I Laboratory
PHYS 251RUniversity Physics I Recitation1
PHYS 252
University Physics II
and University Physics II Laboratory
PHYS 252RUniversity Physics II Recitation1
PHYS Elective300/400-Level Elective Course3
PHYS 350Modern Physics3
PHYS 355Classical Mechanics3-4
or PHYS 330: Intermediate Mechanics (MSUM)
PHYS 360Modern Physics II3
PHYS 361Electromagnetic Theory3-4
or PHYS 370: Electromagnetic Theory (MSUM)
PHYS 411
Optics for Scientists & Engineers
and Optics for Scientists and Engineers Lab
PHYS 462Thermal and Statistical Physics3
PHYS 485Quantum Mechanics I3
PHYS 491Seminar1
Professional Education Requirements
EDUC 321Introduction to Teaching3
EDUC 322Educational Psychology3
EDUC 451Instructional Planning, Methods and Assessment3
EDUC 481Classroom Practice Methods of Teaching I: (Science)3
EDUC 485Student Teaching Seminar1
EDUC 486Classroom Management for Diverse Learners3
EDUC 487Student Teaching9
EDUC 488Applied Student Teaching3
EDUC 489Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds3
Total Credits125-128

MATH 429 Linear Algebra may substitute for MATH 129 Basic Linear Algebra.

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • A GPA of 2.75 or better in the teaching specialty is required for placement in student teaching and exit from the program. 
  • A GPA of 2.75 or better in the professional education requirements as well as passing the appropriate Praxis II exam are required to exit the program.  A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in all Professional Education Requirement courses.
  • Courses taken Pass/Fail will not be used to satisfy any requirements other than total credits.
  • See School of Education for admission requirements.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree – An additional 6 credits of Humanities and Social Sciences and proficiency at the second year in a modern foreign language are required.