Jun 19, 2019  
2011-2012 General Catalog 
2011-2012 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG Please see current catalog]

Physics Teaching, BS with a Teaching Minor

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College of Science

Department of Physics

College of Science Requirements

The College of Science requires a year of mathematics (8 credits) and a year sequence in science (7-8 credits) for all of its majors. For Physics majors, the College of Science requirements are:

Bachelor’s Degrees 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.

Except for the two Teaching Majors, all degrees require a common core (48 credits):

Students with a Teaching Major in Physics must complete the requirements for the STEP.

Admission to the STEP with this major requires a minimum GPA of 2.75 in PHYS 2210 , PHYS 2215 , PHYS 2220  and PHYS 2225 , in addition to requirements of the Secondary Education Program, School of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEAL).

Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP)-Languages, Philosophy, and Speech Communication

31 credits; 35 credits including courses for teaching emphasis/minor

Most of the courses listed below count for both teaching emphasis and the teaching minor.

C. Level 3

Because student teaching requires a major commitment of time and energy, students should take only the course listed below during this semester. Students are also urged to forgo outside employment, if possible, during the student teaching experience.


1 The Clinical Experience II course is taught under course number 4300 in various departments. Course title varies among departments.

2 The Special Methods II course is taught under course number 4400.

3 LING 3300  or LING 4300  and  LING 4400  must be taken during the same semester, and should be the last courses taken for the major or minor. These courses should be taken the Fall semester before student teaching.


All USU teacher education candidates will be required to take and pass the Praxis 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 (10 of last 40 must be 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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