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The relevance of the BA program to education

Many studies have shown that our nation is in great need of teachers who are well-versed in the sciences. There is a particular need for science teachers at the middle school and high school level. Our society needs scientifically literate high school graduates who can fill a wide variety of technology-related jobs and who can fulfill responsible roles as voters and citizens. Physics has a vital role to play, both providing general science literacy and in providing knowledge needed for technology-related jobs.

Any of our BS tracks can be modified with just a little effort to get a student ready to pursue a career as a high school physics teacher. For those who may love physics, but did not start out considering a traditional physics career, the Department of Physics, in cooperation with the College of Education, has designed two physics curricula for pre-education students that fulfill the requirements for the BA physics degree while also fulfilling the pre-education requirements specified by the College of Education for entry into the Master of Arts in Teaching program. In addition, the suggested curricula leave approximately 8-15 credit-hours free for electives that may be chosen in a second scientific field such as chemistry, biology, or geology. Thus, upon obtaining teacher certification, the BA physics graduate will be well qualified to teach physics, physical science, and at least one other science or math. For further information, contact Dr. Gay Stewart. (Note, these curricula will be changed by the reduction in the university core for graduates for catalog years 2011 and later. A revision will be posted by March 1, 2011.) 

 

 

 
 

 

BA IN PHYSICS, FOR MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

 

Fall Semester

Hours

Spring Semester

Hours

Freshman Year

MATH 1213 trig (or precalc)

3

College Algebra

3

Physics in Human Affairs

4

COMM 1313 speech

3

ENGL comp I

3

ENGL comp II

3

Western Civ I

3

Western civ II

3

CIED intro to ed

3

Principles of bio

4

16

16


 

Fall Semester

Hours

Spring Semester

Hours

Sophomore Year

College phys I

4

College phys II

4

Surv of calculus

3

Surv of Math Struct I

3

Intro to world lit

3

WLIT II or foreign lit

3

Government elective

3

Philosophy

3

Educational technology

3

Fine arts elective

3

16

16


 

Fall Semester

Hours

Spring Semester

Hours

Junior Year

Intro to modern physics

3

Modern Physics Lab

1

HIST 3383

3

Physics in Perspective

3

General Psychology

3

Geography

3

Childhood and Adol. Psyc.

3

Foreign Language

3

CIED Classrm learning theo

3

CIED Intro to middle

3

CIED Survey of Excp

3

15

16


 

Fall Semester

Hours

Spring Semester

Hours

Senior Year

Surv of Math Struct II

3

Physics of Devices

3

Foreign Language

3

Geology

3

Astronomy

4

Foreign Language

3

Health and Wellness

3

CIED Tching Reading

3

CIED Emerging Adolescent

3

Fine arts elective

3

16

Senior Seminar

1

16

Summer: New CIED/PHYS




BA IN PHYSICS, FOR SECONDARY EDUCATION

Fall Semester

Hours

Spring Semester

Hours

Freshman Year

University physics I

4

University physics II

4

Physics in Human Affairs

4

Calculus II

4

Calculus I

4

Speech Comm.

3

ENGL comp I

3

ENGL comp II

3

15

14


 

Fall Semester

Hours

Spring Semester

Hours

Sophomore Year

CIED intro to ed

3

Educational tech.

3

University physics III

4

Science Elective

4

Intro to world lit

3

Health and Wellness

3

Calculus III

4

Philosophy

3

Chemistry

2

Chemistry

2

16

15


 

Fall Semester

Hours

Spring Semester

Hours

Junior Year

Intro to modern physics

3

Modern Physics Lab

1

WLIT II or foreign lit

3

Physics in Perspective

3

General Psychology

3

Fine arts elective

3

Chemistry

4

Foreign Language

3

CIED Classrm learning theo

3

Western Civ I

3

16

CIED Survey of Excp

3

16


 

Fall Semester

Hours

Spring Semester

Hours

Senior Year

Lab and Classroom Practices

3

Physics of Devices

3

Foreign Language

3

Geology

4

Astronomy

4

Foreign Language

3

Social Science Elective

3

CIED critical thnkng...

3

Senior Seminar

1

Fine arts elective

3

CIED Classrm Human Rel.

3

Western Civ II

16

17

Summer: New CIED/PHYS