Physics Education Minor

  • This minor contains course requirements designed to meet state standards. Those interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete the education/teaching concentration of a major in a teaching content area plus the Teacher Education Program through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Additional teaching areas can be added through completion of the education/teaching concentration of a major or education/teaching minor in that content area.

  • To complete this concentration, you need to contact the Teaching and Learning Department. Approvals for this track must come from the Teaching and Learning Department.

  • Individuals completing this minor must also complete the education/teaching concentration of a major in another teaching content area.

Minor - Physics Education

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 56-58

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2022-23

Note: Mathematics prerequisites for the physics minor are M 171, M 172, M 273, (and M 221 if needed).

Summary

Required Lower-Division Courses

10

Upper-Division Core Courses

12

Mathematics and Statistics

18-19

Additional Science Courses

13-14

Physics Education Minor Requirement

3

Total Hours

56-58


Required Lower-Division Courses

Note: The Physics with Calculus series (PHSX 215N - PHSX 218N) is strongly recommended.

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following Physics sequences:

10

Algebra- and Trigonometry-based Physics:

PHSX 205N
& PHSX 206N

College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory

PHSX 207N
& PHSX 208N

College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory

Calculus-based Physics (strongly recommended):

PHSX 215N
& PHSX 216N

Fund of Physics w/Calc I
and Physics Laboratory I w/Calc

PHSX 217N
& PHSX 218N

Fund of Physics w/Calc II
and Physics Laboratory II w/Calc

Total Hours

10

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Upper-Division Core Course

Code

Title

Hours

Complete the following course:

PHSX 301

Intro to Theoretical Physics

3

PHSX 320

Classical Mechanics

3

PHSX 330

Communicating Physics

3

PHSX 343

Modern Physics

3

Total Hours

12

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Mathematics and Statistics

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

M 171

Calculus I

4

M 172

Calculus II

4

STAT 216

or STAT 341

Introduction to Statistics

or Introduction to Probability and Statistics

3-4

M 273

Multivariable Calculus

4

M 311

Ordinary Differential Equations

3

Total Hours

18-19

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Additional Science Courses

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following:

ASTR 131N

or ASTR 132B

Planetary Astronomy

or Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe

3

BIOB 160N

or BIOB 170N

or BIOE 172N

or BIOO 105N

Principles of Living Systems

or Principles of Biological Diversity

or Introductory Ecology

or Introduction to Botany

3-4

CHMY 121N

Introduction to General Chemistry

3

CHMY 485

Laboratory Safety

1

CSCI 150

or CSCI 151

Introduction to Computer Science

or Interdisciplinary Computer Science I

3

Total Hours

13-14

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Physics Education Requirement

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

Code

Title

Hours

Complete the following course:

EDU 497

Teaching and Assessing

3

Total Hours

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Secondary Teaching Licensure

Note: For endorsement to teach physics, a student also must gain admission to the Teacher Education Program and meet all the requirements for secondary teaching licensure. For more information, see the Teaching and Learning Department.