May 20, 2019  
2019-2020 General Catalog (Year Under Revision) 
  
2019-2020 General Catalog (Year Under Revision)

Physics Teaching - BS


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Department of Physics

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  • This major also requires a Teaching minor.
  • For more information about Physics, see the Physics Department
  • Following is a sample four-year plan. Please note that student-specific plans may differ.
  • Admitted students must meet with their advisor  Karalee Ransom. Current students should also meet with their advisor  Karalee Ransom and log on to DegreeWorks  to check student-specific program progress.

 

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits 120

 

Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA
Credits of C- or better 100 Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above) 40
Total USU Credits 30 Upper-division USU Credits 20
USU Credits within the Major 10 Credits in Minor (if required) 12
Credits in Major see below Credits in American Institutions 3
General Education Requirements   see link University Studies Depth Requirements   see link

NOTES: Suggested schedule assumes student has passed MATH 1210: Calculus I (QL) 

Students should consult with their advisor, Karalee Ransom, to develop an individualized plan of study that is applicable to their interests and STEP program no later than their sophomore year.

Beginning Summer 2018, a teaching minor is no longer required for this major. If you still plan on getting a teaching minor please meet with the minor advisor for requirements.

 

Admissions Requirements for this Program

New freshmen Admitted to USU in Good Standing.  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.

 

Transfer students from other institutions or other programs at USU 3.0 GPA, ACT scores of 21 composite and 20 verbal/English and 19 mathematics/quantitative to be admitted to the major.

First Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

MATH 1220: Calculus II (QL)   4     MATH 2250: Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (QI)   4    
PHYS 2210: Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (BPS/QI)  or PHYS 2310: Physics for Scientists I   4  or 4     PHYS 2220: Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (BPS/QI)  or PHYS 2320: Physics for Scientists II   4  or 4    
PHYS 2215: Physics for Scientists and Engineers Lab I   1     PHYS 2225: Physics for Scientists and Engineers Lab II   1    
    4       4  
University Studies Breadth Course 3   University Studies Breadth Course 3  
Total Recommended Credits: 16   Total Recommended Credits: 16  
Comments

 

 

Second Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

ENGL 1010: Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose (CL1)   3     PHYS 3710: Intermediate Modern Physics   3    
PHYS 1040: Introductory Astronomy (BPS)   3     Elective Physics Course 3000+ 3  
PHYS 2500: Introduction to Computer Methods in Physics   2     University Studies Breadth Courses 6  
PHYS 2710: Introductory Modern Physics   3     University Depth Course 3  
STAT 3000: Statistics for Scientists (QI)   3          
           
Total Recommended Credits: 14   Total Recommended Credits: 15  
Comments

 

Comments

Apply for STEP (Secondary Teacher Education Program)

Third Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

ENGL 2010: Intermediate Writing: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode (CL2)   3     ITLS 5500: Integration and Innovation of Technology in Education   3  Can be taken before admittance into program
PHYS 3870: Intermediate Physics Laboratory (CI)   3     SCED 5100: Motivation and Classroom Management   3    
SCED 3300: Clinical Experience I   1     SCED 3210: Educational and Multicultural Foundations (DSS/CI)   3    
SCED 3400: Teaching Science I   3     SCED 4300: Clinical Experience II   1    
Physics elective 3000+ level    3   SCED 4400: Teaching Science II   3    
General Science Requirements  4   University Breadth Course 3  
Total Recommended Credits: 17   Total Recommended Credits: 16  
Comments

A grade of C or better is required in all graded STEP courses

Comments

A grade of C or better is required in all graded STEP courses.

Fourth Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

SPED 4000: Education of Students with Disabilities   2   May be taken anytime SCED 5500: Student Teaching Seminar   2    
SCED 5200: Language, Literacy and Learning in the Content Areas (CI)  3     SCED 5630: Student Teaching in Secondary Schools   10    
SCED 4210: Assessment and Curriculum Design   3          
Physics elective 3000+ level    2        
 * 3 * May not be required for student's calendar year.  Please see advisor.      
General Science Requirement 4        
Total Recommended Credits: 17   Total Recommended Credits: 12  
Comments

A grade of C or better is required in all graded STEP courses

Comments

A grade of C or better is required in all graded STEP courses

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

  • Complete at least 2 credits in approved 3000-level or above course in Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA) requirement

Physics - College of Science Sequence Requirement


Select one full science series. (Teaching majors must also complete the first course of the other two series.)

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