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Teaching Specialty - Physics

Major Requirements

Major: Physics Education

Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 148

General Education Requirements

First Year Experience (F):
HD&E 189Skills for Academic Success (Students transferring in 24 or more credits do not need to take HD&E 189.)1
Communication (C):
ENGL 110College Composition I3
ENGL 120College Composition II3
ENGL 324Writing in the Sciences3
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Quantitative Reasoning (R):
STAT 330Introductory Statistics3
Science & Technology (S):
BIOL 124
Environmental Science
and Environmental Science Laboratory
CHEM 150Principles of Chemistry I3
or CHEM 121 General Chemistry I
CHEM 151Principles of Chemistry II3
or CHEM 122 General Chemistry II
Humanities & Fine Arts (A): Select from current general education list6
Social & Behavioral Sciences (B): Select from current general education list6
Wellness (W): Select from current general education list2
Cultural Diversity (D): Select from current general education list
Global Perspectives (G):
GEOL 105Physical Geology3
Total Credits40

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree – An additional 6 credits of Humanities and Social Sciences and proficiency at the second year in a modern foreign language are required.

Major Requirements

General Education Requirements40
Teaching Specialty Requirements
CHEM 160Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I1
or CHEM 121L General Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 161Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II1
or CHEM 122L General Chemistry II Laboratory
CHEM Elective300/400-Level Elective Course & Lab4
CSCI 114Microcomputer Packages3-4
or CSCI 116 Business Use of Computers
or CSCI 160 Computer Science I
GEOL 105
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab
GEOL 106
The Earth Through Time
and The Earth Through Time Lab
MATH 129Basic Linear Algebra *2
MATH 165Calculus I4
MATH 166Calculus II4
MATH 265Calculus III4
MATH 266Introduction to Differential Equations3
PHYS 110Introductory Astronomy3
PHYS 171Introductory Projects in Physics1
PHYS 215Research For Undergraduates1
PHYS 251
University Physics I
and University Physics I Laboratory
PHYS 251RUniversity Physics I Recitation1
PHYS 252
University Physics II
and University Physics II Laboratory
PHYS 252RUniversity Physics II Recitation1
PHYS Elective300/400-Level Elective Course3
PHYS 350Modern Physics3
PHYS 360Modern Physics II3
PHYS 361Electromagnetic Theory3-4
or PHYS 370: Electromagnetic Theory (MSUM)
PHYS 411
Optics for Scientists & Engineers
and Optics for Scientists and Engineers Lab
PHYS 455Classical Mechanics3-4
or PHYS 330: Intermediate Mechanics (MSUM)
PHYS 462Heat & Thermodynamics3
PHYS 485Quantum Mechanics I3
PHYS 491Seminar1
Professional Education Requirements
EDUC 321Introduction to Teaching3
EDUC 322Educational Psychology3
EDUC 451Instructional Planning, Methods and Assessment3
EDUC 481Classroom Practice Methods of Teaching I: (Science)3
EDUC 485Student Teaching Seminar1
EDUC 486Classroom Management for Diverse Learners3
EDUC 487Student Teaching9
EDUC 488Applied Student Teaching3
EDUC 489Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds3
Total Credits148-151

MATH 429 Linear Algebra may substitute for MATH 129 Basic Linear Algebra.

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • A GPA of 2.75 or better in the teaching specialty is required for placement in student teaching and exit from the program. 
  • A GPA of 2.75 or better in the professional education requirements as well as passing the appropriate Praxis II exam are required to exit the program.  A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in all Professional Education Requirement courses.
  • Courses taken Pass/Fail will not be used to satisfy any requirements other than total credits.
  • See School of Education for admission requirements.