Degree Requirements

Physics (B.S.)  ♦  Physics/Teaching (B.S.)  ♦  Science for Engineering (A.A.S.)  ♦  Pre-Engineering  ♦  Minors


Physics (Bachelor of Science)

UNIVERSITY GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS       40 hours

  • General Education Requirements:      36 hours
    Refer to the University Catalog for details on the General Education requirements.
  • ASO 100:  Student Success Seminar      1 hour
  • Wellness       3 hours
  • Writing Intensive Course (Hours incorporated into Major/Supporting/Gen. Ed./Free Elective Category)
  • ACCT - Physics majors will select one of the following: PHY 349, 349 A-N, 406, 410, 470, HON 420, a program-approved Leadership Experience, or a program-approved Study Abroad experience. (Credit hours are incorporated into program requirements below.)

CORE COURSE REQUIREMENTS       24 HOURS

OPTIONS       15 HOURS

Majors are required to select one of the following options:

♦  PHYSICS (GENERAL) OPTION

 

♦  ENGINEERING PHYSICS OPTION

PLUS SIX (6) HOURS selected from:

SUPPORTING COURSE REQUIREMENTS       23 HOURS

a preparatory course (MAT 109) in Mathematics may be required before admission to MAT 124)

FREE ELECTIVES       17-18 HOURS

TOTAL CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS       120 HOURS


Physics/Teaching (Bachelor of Science)

UNIVERSITY GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS       40 hours

  • General Education Requirements:      36 hours
    Refer to the University Catalog for details on the General Education requirements.
  • ASO 100:  Student Success Seminar      1 hour
  • Wellness       3 hours
  • Writing Intensive Course (Hours incorporated into Major/Supporting/Gen. Ed./Free Elective Category)
  • ACCT - Physics Teaching majors will select one of the following: ESE 499, PHY 349, 349 A-N, 406, 410, 470, HON 420 with a program approved thesis topic, a program-approved Leadership Experience, or a program-approved Study Abroad experience. (Credit hours are incorporated into program requirements below.)

CORE COURSE REQUIREMENTS      30 HOURS

MINOR REQUIRMENTS       10-21 HOURS

SUPPORTING COURSE REQUIREMENTS       13 HOURS

a preparatory course (MAT 109) in Mathematics may be required before admission to MAT 124)

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS         34 HOURS  

  • EDF 103: Introduction to Education (1)
  • EDF 203: Philosophical & Historical Foundation of Education (3)
  • EDF 319: Human Development and Learning (3) OR EDF 319W: Human Development and Learning (Writing Intensive) (3)
  • EDF 413: Assessment in Education (3)
  • ESE 490: Secondary Curriculum, Classroom Organization, and Management (3 hrs.)
  • ESE 499: Supervised Student Teaching in the Secondary School (12 hrs.)
  • ESE 561:  Teaching Science in the Secondary School (3)
  • SED 401: Diverse Learners in Middle/Secondary (3) OR 401S: Diverse Learners in Middle/Secondary (Service Learning component) (3)

PLUS THREE (3) HOURS of Applied Learning Field Experience which includes the following:

  • EDF 349Q: Applied Learning in Education I (0.5)
  • EDF 349R: Applied Learning in Education II (0.5)
  • EMS 349Q: Applied Learning I: Educational Assessment (0.5)
  • EMS 349R: Applied Learning II: Educational Curriculum (0.5)
  • ESE 349: Applied Learning: Secondary Teaching (1)

TOTAL CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS:      127 - 139 hours

Candidates earning a degree that leads to teacher certification must take the PRAXIS Series (Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers) and PLT (Principles of Learning and Teaching) exams as a requirement for graduation. Candidates are encouraged to review the schedule for PRAXIS and PLT registration deadlines prior to beginning the senior year. Specialty exams are required for each certification area sought and it may take more than one test date to complete all requirements. Candidates should confer with their education advisor/counselor to determine the most optimal time to take required exams.


Science for Engineering (Associates of Applied Science)

Major Requirements:     18 hours

Supporting Course Requirements:      14 hours

General Education Requirements:      21 hours
General Education categories IA, IB, IC, 3A, 3B, 5A, 5B.   Refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for details on the General Education and University requirements.

University Requirements:      1 hour

  • ASO 100: Academic Orientation

Free Electives:      6 hours
Chosen with advisor to satisfy major requirements at the chosen engineering school.

TOTAL CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS: 60 hours


Pre-Professional Degree Programs


Pre-Engineering (Associates of Applied Science) Two-Two Curriculum

Major Requirements:      30 hours

Supporting Course Requirements:   9 hours

  • PHY 221: Statics (3)
  • TEC 190: Technical Graphics (3)
  • PLUS 3 hours of an approved programming language

General Education Requirements:      24 hours
Six hours of English composition, 18 hours selected from the humanities and social sciences to satisfy general education requirements at the chosen engineering school.

University Requirements: 1 hour

  • ASO 100: Academic Orientation

TOTAL CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS: 64 hours


Pre-Engineering Three-Two Curriculum

All students pursuing a Dual-Degree Engineering Program in the Department of Physics and Astronomy should pursue the Engineering Physics Option of the Physics B.S. program, and they should enroll in this program option. Specific inquiries concerning a particular engineering program should be addressed to the pre-engineering advisor, Department of Physics and Astronomy or Department of Chemistry. Because preferred general education and supporting courses may vary depending upon the partner engineering school a student may choose to attend, it is essential that students pursuing the Dual-Degree Program in Engineering work closely with their departmental advisors.


Minors


Minor in Physics

A student may complete a minor in physics by taking:

PHY 131 may be substituted for PHY 201, and PHY 132 may be substituted for PHY 202.

Minor in Physics/Teaching

A student may complete a teaching minor in physics by taking:

PHY 131 may be substituted for PHY 201 and PHY 132 may be substituted for PHY 202. The teaching minor in physics must be coupled   with a teaching major in biology, chemistry, computer science/mathematics, earth science, or mathematics.

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