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Physics Teacher Program Curriculum

Students pursuing the Physics Teacher Program must complete at least 120 credits, which include:

•28 University Core credits
•13 BSNES Core credits
•34 Science, Computer Science, and Math credits
•15 Basic Physics credits: PHYS 211, 212, 302, 312, and 374
•17 Intermediate and Advanced Physics credits

Download the Curriculum and Course Sequence.

Physics Course Descriptions.

University Core Requirements - 28 Credits

Course# Course Name Credits
UCOR 101 Thinking and Writing Across the Curriculum 3
UCOR 102 Imaginative Literature and Critical Writing 3
UCOR 132 Basic Philosophical Questions 3
UCOR 14X Theology 3
COSC 030 Research/Info Skills 1
LTFL 102 (recommended) Course in Ethics 3
Course in Creative Arts 3
Course in Faith and Reason 3
Course in Global Diversity 3
LTFL 204 (recommended) Course in Social Justice 3

 

BSNES Core Requirements - 13 Credits

Course # Course Name Credits
ENGL 302W Science Writing 3
HIST 307 History of Science 3
SPRG 105 Career Development Seminar 1
General Elective Credits 6
Math Credits (10) embedded

 

Science, Computer Science, and Math - 34 Credits

Course # Course Name Credits
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 121L General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 122L General Chemistry II Lab 1
MATH 115 Calculus I 4
MATH 116 Calculus II 4
MATH 210 Matrix Algebra 3
MATH 215 Calculus III 4
MATH 314 Differential Equations 3
MATH 30X Applied math elective (301 or 308) 3

COSC160/COSC 150

Scientific Programming:  Java/C++ 3

 

Basic Physics Sequence - 15 Credits

Course # Course Name Credits
PHYS211/211L General Analytical Physics I and Lab 4
PHYS 212/212L General Analytical Physics II and Lab 4
PHYS 302 Optics 3
PHYS 312 Optics Lab 1
PHYS 374 Modern Physics 3

 

Advanced Physics Sequence - 17 Credits - Required for teaching certification

Course # Course Name Credits
PHYS 364 Modern Physics Lab 1
PHYS 401 Thermal Physics 3
PHYS 461 Mechanics 4
PHYS 470 Electricity and Magnetism 3
PHYS 481 Descriptive Cosmology 3
PHYS 482W Particle Physics 3

 

Additional requirements for teaching certification - 7 credits

Course # Course Name Credits
PHYS 170 Acoustics 3
BIOL 111 and Lab or BIOL 112 and Lab Biology I and Lab or Biology II and Lab 4

 

Graduate Education - Up to 6 credits may count towards the BA degree

Course # Course Name Credits
Fall
GSCE 520 Introduction to Teaching 3
GSCE 583 Field Experience 1
GSCE 570 Gateway 1:  Technology 1
Spring
GSCE 501 Content Area Reading 3
GESL 501 Helping English Language Learners in Mainstream Classes 3

 

Bachelor of Science Option - 11 Credits

Course # Course Name Credits
PHYS 332 Electronics 3
PHYS 473 Electrodynamics 3
PHYS 474 Quantum Mechanics 3
PHYS 499W Senior Research 2