BS Four-Year Degree Plan

The physics education program can be completed in four years or eight semesters. This does not include dual enrollment or any transfer credit which you may have earned in high school or at other universities.

It is recommended that students in the physics education program do not finish all of their general education courses before beginning to take courses in physics education. Some physics education courses require prerequisites, so it is important to meet with an advisor in the program before you schedule your first semester or as soon as you think you might be interested in this program.

Sample Schedule

This is only a sample schedule, and an advisor will be able to customize the best plan for you.

Check out the course rotation before scheduling your classes.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

Total hours18
PHY 100 Survey of Physics with Laboratory 4
MTH 261 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 5
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
CSC 111 Introduction to Computing 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches 3

Second semester (spring)

Total hours18
MTH 280 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 5
PHY 203 Foundations of Physics I 5
BIO 121 General Biology I 4
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
EDC 150 Introduction to Teaching 0

Third semester (fall)

Total hours17
MTH 302 Multivariate Calculus 3
PHY 204 Foundations of Physics II 5
ENG 321 Writing II: Beginning Technical Writing 3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
GRY 108 Principles of Sustainability 3

Fourth semester (spring)

Total hours17
AST 115 Basic Astronomy 4
Culture and Society/Humanities 3
PSY 360 Educational Psychology 3
SEC 302 General Methods of Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Schools 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3

Fifth semester (fall)

Total hours14
PHY 375 Modern Physics 3
PHY 220 Introduction to Structure and Logic of Digital Computers 4
CHM 160 General Chemistry I 4
PHY 509 Special Topics in Physics and Astronomy 1-3
SPE 340 Educational Alternative for Exceptional Students 2

Sixth semester (spring)

Total hours16
EDC 350 School and Society 3
GEP 397 (Course no longer offered. Review course number changes.) -0
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States Since 1877
SCI 505 Intellectual Foundations of Science and Technology 3
PHY 385 Experiments in Modern Physics 2
RDG 474 Reading and Writing in the Content Fields 3

Seventh semester (fall)

Total hours15
AST 311 Astronomical Techniques 3
PHY 252 Introduction to Circuit Analysis 3
Self-Understanding/Humanities 3
Self-Understanding/Creativity and Vision 3
SCI 414 Teaching of Secondary School Natural Science 3

Eighth semester (spring)

Total hours12
SCI 493 Supervised Teaching (Secondary Science) 6
SCI 494 Supervised Teaching (Secondary Science) 6

GPA requirements include: at least a 2.50 GPA on all courses attempted at all colleges attended; at least a 2.50 GPA in the certificate subject area (major field of study); at least a 2.50 GPA in any additional certificate subject area; at least a 2.50 GPA in the professional educational courses; and no grade lower than a "C" in all professional education courses.

Other requirements include: CBASE score of 265 or higher or completion of waiver contract to continue in BSED program beyond SEC 302 and for graduation; Praxis II exam must be taken prior to Supervised Teaching semester; must