B.A. (Physics Education)

Degree Program Hours (120)

This program prepares students interested in physics and science for teaching at the secondary level. Students are encouraged to participate in on-campus teaching experiences that parallel their coursework, available for freshmen and sophomores. Interested students are encouraged to contact the department for additional details and information on teacher support programs

Lower Division Preparation

The following are required courses and form the common prerequisites to the B.A. Program.

Course Description Credits Prerequisites Offered
CHM 1045 General Chemistry I 3 Fa, Sp, Sum
CHM 1045L General Chemistry Lab I 1 CHM 1045 (co) Fa, Sp, Sum
CHM 1046 General Chemistry II 3 CHM 1045, CHM 1045L Fa, Sp, Sum
CHM 1046L General Chemistry Lab II 1 CHM 1046 (co) Fa, Sp, Sum
MAC 2311 Calculus I 4 MAC 1114 or MAC 2147 or placement test Fa, Sp, Sum
MAC 2312 Calculus II 4 MAC 2311 Fa, Sp, Sum
MAC 2313 Multivariable Calculus 4 MAC 2312 Fa, Sp, Sum
PHY 2048 Physics with Calculus I 4 MAC 2311 (pre or co) Fa, Sp, Sum
PHY 2048L General Physics Lab I 1 PHY 2048 (pre or co) Fa, Sp, Sum
PHY 2049 Physics with Calculus II 4 PHY 2048 Fa, Sp, Sum
PHY 2049L General Physics Lab II 1 PHY 2049 (pre or co) Fa, Sp, Sum

Additional Lower Division Courses

Course Description Credits Prerequisites Offered
BSC 1010 General Biology I 3 Fa, Sp, Sum
BSC 1010L General Biology I Lab 1 Fa, Sp, Sum
BSC 1011 General Biology II 3 Fa, Sp, Sum
BSC 1011L General Biology II Lab 1 Fa, Sp, Sum
PHY 1033 First-Year Physics Seminar 1 Fa, Sp

Upper Division Program (50)

Course Description Credits Prerequisite Offered
PHY 3012 Physics Education Seminar* 1 Fa
PHY 3106 Modern Physics I 3 PHY 2049 Fa
PHY 3106L Modern Physics Lab I 1 PHY 3106 (pre or co) Fa
PHY 3107 Modern Physics II 3 PHY 3106 Sp
PHY 3107L Modern Physics Lab II 1 PHY 3107 (pre or co) Sp
PHY 3513 Thermodynamics 3 PHY 2048, PHY 2049 Fa
PHY 4134 Widely Applied Physics I 3 PHY 3107 Fa
PHY 4135 Widely Applied Physics II 3 PHY 4134 Sp
PHY 4221 Intermediate Classical Mechanics I 3 MAC 2313, PHY 2048, PHY 2049 Fa
PHY 4810L Senior Physics Lab 3 PHY 2048, PHY 2049 Sp
PSC 4813 Modeling Instruction 3 Sp
SCE 4894 Nature of Math and Science 3 Fa
SCE 4194 Perspectives on Science Education* 3 Sp
RED 4325 Subject Area Reading* 3 Fa,Sp,Sum
TSL 4324 ESOL in Content Areas* 3 Fa
SCE 4330 Secondary Science Teaching Methods* 3 Fa
SCE 4944 Student Teaching* 6 Fa
SCE 4931 Senior Seminar in Science Education 2 Fa

These courses require field experience. Please speak to your advisor regarding the requirements for field experiences.