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  Oct 20, 2017
2014-2015 General Catalog (Spring, Summer 2015) [ARCHIVED CATALOG Please see current catalog]

Physical Science (Composite Teaching)(Physics) - BS

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College of Science

Department of Physics

Students must complete the General Education Requirements  and the University Studies Depth Requirements .

  • Complete at least 2 credits in approved 3000-level or above courses from each of the following two categories: Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA) and Social Sciences (DSS) for the Depth Course requirements.

Bachelor's Degree and Core Requirements

The Physics Department awards the following degrees: BS in Physics, BA in Physics, BS in Physics with a Professional Emphasis, BS in Physics with an Applied Emphasis, BS in Mathematics and Physics Dual Major Option, BS in Physics Teaching, and BS in Composite Teaching-Physical Science.

B. Elective Physics Courses (5 credits)

Select 5 additional credits from PHYS 2710  and/or courses at the 3000 level and above. (Not to include physics courses designated as USU Depth courses.) Research in physics education may be included.

C. Required Mathematics and Statistics Courses (11 credits)


Students with a Composite Teaching major in Physical Science must complete the requirements for STEP, as listed on this page. Admission to STEP with this major requires minimum ACT scores of: Composite-21, Math-19, English-20 and an over-all GPA of 3.0. A minimum GPA of 2.75 in PHYS 2210 , PHYS 2215 , PHYS 2220  and PHYS 2225 ; and a minimum GPA of 2.75 in CHEM 1210 , CHEM 1215 , CHEM 1220  and CHEM 1225  is required.

All USU teacher education candidates will be required to take and pass the content exam approved by the Utah State Office of Education in their major content area prior to student teaching.

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits


Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA

Credits of C- or better


Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)


USU Credits (30 USU credits, 20 of which must be upper-division courses, 10 of which must be courses required for student's major)

30 USU credits

Completion of approved major program of study

See college advisor

Credits in minor (if required)


Credits in American Institutions (ECN 1500 ;HIST 1700 , HIST 2700  or HIST 2710 ; HONR 1300 POLS 1100 ; or USU 1300 )


General Education Requirements  and University Studies Depth Requirements 




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