BS Three-Year Degree Plan

The physics education program can be completed in three years or six to nine semesters. This does not include dual enrollment or any transfer credit which you may have earned in high school or at other universities. However, a three-year graduation plan is not best suited for every student. It assumes:

  • No remedial course work is required.
  • The student does not fail any classes.
  • The student does not change either the major or minor.
  • The student is willing to take classes each summer.


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)

CoursesHours
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
Total hours18

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
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
HST 121 or HST 122 3
Total hours21

Third semester (summer)

CoursesHours
MTH 302 Multivariate Calculus 3
PHY 204 Foundations of Physics II 5
Total hours8

Fourth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Self-Understanding/Creativity and Vision 3
Physics or Astronomy Elective 3
ENG 321 Writing II: Beginning Technical Writing 3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
SEC 302 General Methods of Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Schools 3
Total hours21

Fifth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Culture and Society/Humanities 3
PSY 360 Educational Psychology 3
EDC 350 School and Society 3
SCI 505 Intellectual Foundations of Science and Technology 3
RDG 474 Reading and Writing in the Content Fields 3
PHY 385 Experiments in Modern Physics 2
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Total hours19

Sixth semester (summer)

CoursesHours
Self-Understanding/Humanities 3
AST 115 Basic Astronomy 4
Total hours7

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
AST 311 Astronomical Techniques 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
SCI 414 Teaching of Secondary School Natural Science 3
GRY 108 Principles of Sustainability 3
GEP 397 - Senior Seminar 3
Total hours21

Eighth semester (spring)

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