Physics B.A. - Physics Education

  • This concentration contains additional 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 concentration must come from the Teaching and Learning Department.

  • This major and concentration do not qualify as a single-field endorsement. The demand for teaching in this field is limited. The required second endorsement (either a teaching major or a teaching minor) should be in a field in high demand.

Bachelor of Arts - Physics; Concentration in Physics Education

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 91-92

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2022-23

General Education Requirements

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

Summary

Lower-Division Physics

10

Upper-Division Physics

30

Physics Electives

6

Math Requirements

16

Computer Science Requirements

3

Advanced College Writing Requirement

3

Physics Education Concentration Requirements

23-24

Total Hours

91-92


Lower-Division Physics

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 Physics

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

PHSX 301

Intro Theoretical Physics

3

PHSX 311

Oscillations and Waves

2

PHSX 320

Classical Mechanics

3

PHSX 323

Intermediate Physics Lab

3

PHSX 343

Modern Physics

3

PHSX 423

Electricity & Magnetism I

3

PHSX 444

Advanced Physics Lab

3

PHSX 461

Quantum Mechanics I

3

PHSX 499

Senior Capstone Seminar

1

Complete two of the following courses:

6

PHSX 425

Electricity & Magnetism II

PHSX 446

Thermodyn & Stat Mech

PHSX 462

Quantum Mechanics II

Total Hours

30

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Physics Electives

Note: Other PHSX courses may be substituted with adviser approval.

Code

Title

Hours

Complete two of the following courses:

6

PHSX 141N

Einstein's Relativity

or ASTR 142N

The Evolving Universe

PHSX 327

Optics

PHSX 330

Communicating Physics

PHSX 333

Computational Physics

PHSX 425

or PHSX 446

or PHSX 462

Electricity & Magnetism II

or Thermodynamics & Stat Mech

or Quantum Mechanics II

Note: 2 of these 3 courses must be taken in the physics core, the remaining course can be used as an elective

Total Hours

6

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Math Requirements

Note: M 317, M 412, and M 418 are recommended as well

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

M 171

Calculus I

4

M 172

Calculus II

4

M 221

Introduction to Linear Algebra

4

M 273

Multivariable Calculus

4

Total Hours

16

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Computer Science Requirements

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following courses:

3

CSCI 100

Intro to Programming

CSCI 150

Introduction to Computer Science

CSCI 151

Interdisciplinary Computer Science I

PHSX 333

Computational Physics (strongly recommended)

Total Hours

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Advanced College Writing Requirement

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

Code

Title

Hours

Complete the following course:

PHSX 330

Communicating Physics

3

Total Hours

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Physics Education Concentration Requirements

Additional Science Requirements

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

ASTR 131N

Planetary Astronomy

3

ASTR 132N

Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe

3

CHMY 121N

Introduction to General Chemistry

3

CHMY 485

Laboratory Safety

1

GEO 101N

or ERTH 101N

Intro to Physical Geology

or Earth Systems Science

3

GEO 102N

or ERTH 103N

Intro to Physical Geology Lab

or Earth Systems Science Lab

1

Complete one of the following courses:

3-4

BIOB 160N

Principles of Living Systems

BIOB 170N

Principles of Biological Diversity

BIOE 172N

Introductory Ecology

BIOO 105N

Introduction to Botany

Complete one of the following courses:

3

GEO 105N

Oceanography

GEO 108N

Climate Change

ENSC 105N

Environmental Science

ENST 472

General Science: Conservation Education

Total Hours

20-21

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Teaching Science Methods Course

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.