Bachelors of Science in Physics
Certification for Secondary Education
All students seeking certification to teach at the high school level with a major in physics must complete the following requirements:
- The major requirements for a physics degree (see here). A minimum GPA of 2.8 in the major is required to be recommended for teacher certification.
- The admission and professional requirements of the College of Education. Note that the extra coursework necessary for teaching certification requires a full fifth year of work.
- Four additional courses.
- A History of Science course: HSC 201 or HSC 202.
- PHY 105 Descriptive Astronomy
- A course in ethics in science (e.g. BIO 328 Biomedical Ethics, BIO 338 Environmental Ethics).
- BIO 120 General Biology I
- Experience: All students seeking teacher certification are required to assist for at least 30 clock hours in the department's tutoring program and at least 30 clock hours as a laboratory assistant assisting in the setting up of equipment and demonstrations as well as helping students in a laboratory setting. Required reading and experience in laboratory safety will be part of this laboratory setting.