Physics Teacher Programs – BA/BS Physics + MAT Secondary Education

The BA/BS Physics + MAT Secondary Education program combines a bachelor degree in physics with a master's degree in education in the span of five years. This program is recommended for candidates who prefer to focus on building up a physics base of knowledge before learning pedagogy. In this program, field experiences are scheduled after the first four years.

The 4+1 model. Candidates enter the program by applying to the physics degree and follow the standard physics course sequence for the BA or BS program. In the summer after the junior year, candidates are admitted into the school of education. During year four, candidates complete the requirements for the physics bachelor's degree and the first year of the master's degree concurrently. In year five candidates take exclusively graduate courses and deliver student teaching. Candidates receive a physics degree at the end of year four and the master's degree at the end of year five.

Cost savings of acceleration. There are real cost savings in overlapping the fourth undergraduate year with the first graduate year: candidates collect graduate credits at the undergraduate tuition rate.

Non-accelerated fall-back option. Candidates who prefer to pursue the two degrees sequentially (one at a time), may do so and enjoy a 25% discount off the graduate tuition rate.

Physics Degree Requirements

Basic Physics Sequence 15 Degree Requirements 52
PHYS 211 General Analytical Physics 1 3 MATH 115 Calculus 1 4
PHYS 211L General Analytical Physics 1 lab 1 MATH 116 Calculus 2 4
PHYS 212 General Analytical Physics 2 3 MATH 215 Calculus 3 4
PHYS 212L General Analytical Physics 2 lab 1 MATH 310 Linear Algebra 3
PHYS 302 Optics 3 MATH 314 Differential Equations 3
PHYS 312 Optics lab 1 Elective math: numerical analysis or approved statistics 3
PHYS 374 Modern Physics 3 Programming: C++, Java or Python 3
Advanced Physics - BA option 18 CHEM 121 General Chemistry 1 4
PHYS 401 Thermal Physics 3 CHEM 121L General Chemistry 1 lab 1
PHYS 405 Gravitational Astrophysics 3 CHEM 122 General Chemistry 2 4
PHYS 461 Mechanics 4 CHEM 122L General Chemistry 2 lab 1
PHYS 464 Advanced Lab 2 ENLG 302W Science Writing 3
PHYS 470 Electricity and Magnetism 3 PHYS 105 Career Development 1
PHYS 482W Particle Physics 3 PHYS 124 Earth Science 3
Additional Advanced Physics - BS option 11 PHYS 170 Acoustics 3
PHYS 332 Electronics 3 BIOL 111/BIOL 112 4
PHYS 473 Electrodynamics 3 University General Education Requirements 25
PHYS 474 Quantum Mechanics 3 See academic advisor
PHYS 499W Senior Research 2
Minimum of 120 credits (BA degree) or 126 credits (BS degree) required for graduation

Education Degree Requirements

Graduate Education 36
GSCE 500 Orientation 0
GSCE 520 Introduction to Teaching 3
GSCE 583 Field Experience 1
GSCE 570 Gateway 1: Technology 1
GSCE 501 Content area reading 3
GESL 501 Helping English Language Learners in mainstream classes 3
GSPE 501 Exploring inclusive teaching supports 3
GSPE 502 Legal and ethical issues in Special Education 3
GSPE 655 Secondary Practices and Transitions 3
GFDE 510 Theories of the teaching and learning process 3
GSCE 631 Instructional techniques 3
GSCE 636 Teaching secondary school science 3
GSCE 593 Secondary methods field experience 1
Student Teaching 6
Gateway 4: Leadership 0
A total of 6 graduate credits can be counted towards the bachelor degree in physics.