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Physics Teacher Program Curriculum

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

  • 15 Basic Sequence credits
  • 17 Advanced Physics Sequence credits
  • 7 Additional credit requirements for teaching certification
  • Graduate Education credits (Up to 6 may count towards B.A. degree)
  • 28 University Core credits
  • 13 Bayer School credits
  • 24 Math and Computer Science credits
  • 10 Chemistry credits

Download the Curriculum and Course Sequence.

Physics Course Descriptions.

Basic Physics Sequence - 15 Credits

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

Advanced Physics Sequence - 17 Credits

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 4



Graduate Education - Up to 6 credits may count towards the B.A. 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

University Core - 28 Credits

Course # Course Name Credits
LTFL 102 Ethics, Education & the Teaching Profession - Required 3
LTFL 204 Social Justice in Educational Settings - Required 3
UCOR 101 Thinking and Writing 3
UCOR 100 Research and Info Skills 1
UCOR 102 Imaginative Literature and Critical Writing 3
UCOR 132 Basic Philosophical Questions 3
UCOR Ethics requirement 3
UCOR Theology requirement 3
UCOR Faith and Reason requirement 3
UCOR Global Diversity requirement 3
UCOR Creative Arts requirement 3
UCOR Social Justice requirement 3

Bayer School Core - 13 Credits

Course # Course Name Credits
ENLG 302W Science Writing 3
HIST 309/307 or PHIL 259 Science & Society Requirement 3
SPRG 105 Career Development Seminar 1
Free Electives 6

Math and Computer Science - 24 credits

Course # Course Name Credits
MATH 115 Calculus I 4
MATH 116 Calculus II 4
MATH 215 Calculus III 4
MATH 210 Matrix Algebra or MATH 310 Linear Algebra 3
MATH 314 Differential Equations 3
Elective math: numerical analysis or statistics 3
Programming: C++ or Java 3

Chemistry - 10 credits

Course # Course Name Credits
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I (or honors) 4
CHEM 121L General Chemistry I Lab (or honors) 1
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II  (or honors) 4
CHEM 122L General Chemistry II Lab (or honors) 1

Bachelor of Science Option - 11 Credits

A student may receive a Bachelor of Science degree instead of a Bachelor of Arts degree by completing the following in addition to all courses listed above:

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