Teaching Broadfield Science

Individuals interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete a degree in the content area they want to teach plus the teacher preparation program through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Individuals must complete the teaching major/teaching track within that degree program, which may contain different course requirements than the academic major since the sequence of courses is designed to meet state standards. Upon completion of the degree program with the teaching track and the secondary licensure program, one will be eligible for a standard Montana teaching license in this content area.

Bachelor of Arts - Physics; Teaching Broadfield Science Concentration

College Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 79

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2017-2018

Note: Students must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program and complete all of the professional education licensure requirements. See the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Sciences for more information. A major GPA of 2.75 is required to be eligible for student teaching.

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Physics Requirements24
Required Physics Courses
Physics Elective
Math Requirements15
Statistics Requirements3-4
Astronomy Requirements4
Geology Requirements6-7
Biology Requirements12
Chemistry Requirements11
Advanced College Writing Requirement3
Teaching Methods Requirement3
Total Hours81-83

Physics Requirements

Rule: Must complete all of the following subcategories

Minimum Required Grade: C-

24 Total Credits Required

Required Physics Courses

Rule: All courses are required

PHSX 215NFund of Physics w/Calc I4
PHSX 216NPhysics Laboratory I w/Calc1
PHSX 217NFund of Physics w/Calc II4
PHSX 218NPhysics Laboratory II w/Calc1
PHSX 301Intro Theoretical Physics3
PHSX 311Oscillations and Waves2
PHSX 330Communicating Physics3
PHSX 343Modern Physics3
Total Hours21

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physics Elective

Rule: Must complete 1 additional upper division Physics course

Math Requirements

Rule: All courses are required

M 171Calculus I4
M 172Calculus II4
M 273Multivariable Calculus4
M 311Ordinary Differential Equations and Systems3
Total Hours15

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Statistics Requirements

Rule: Must complete 1 of the following courses

STAT 216Introduction to Statistics3-4
or STAT 341 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Total Hours3-4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Astronomy Requirements

Rule: All courses are required

ASTR 131NPlanetary Astronomy3
ASTR 134NPlanetary Astronomy Lab1
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Geology Requirements

Rule: Must complete the following subcategories

7 Total Credits Required

Required Geology Courses

Rule: All courses are required

GEO 101NIntroduction to Physical Geology3
GEO 102NIntroduction to Physical Geology Lab1
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Geology Electives

Select one of the following:3
Planetary Science
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Biology Requirements

Rule: Must complete all of the following courses

BIOB 160NPrinciples of Living Systems3
BIOB 161NPrncpls of Living Systems Lab1
BIOB 260Cellular and Molecular Biology4
BIOB 272Genetics and Evolution4
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Chemistry Requirements

Rule: Must complete all of the following courses

College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Lab
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Lab
CHMY 485Laboratory Safety1
Total Hours11

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Advanced College Writing Requirement

Rule: Must take the following course

Note: May substitute another advanced writing course as approved by the department chair.

PHSX 330Communicating Physics3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Teaching Methods Requirement

Rule: Complete the following course.

Note: The EDU 497 course number is used for multiple courses. Students should register for EDU 497 Methods: 5-12 Science.

EDU 497Teaching and Assessing3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-