Jun 19, 2019
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:
Choose one of the following pairs of courses:
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):
A. College of Science Requirements (15-16 credits)
B. Required Physics Courses (23 credits)
C. Elective Physics Courses (5 credits)
Select 5 additional credits from PHYS courses at the 3000 level and above. USU Depth courses, as well as research in physics education may be included.
D. Required Mathematics and Statistics Courses (15 credits)
E. General Science Requirements (2 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.
A. Level 1 (first semester in program)
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