Sep 20, 2019  
2013-2014 General Catalog (Summer, Fall 2013) 
2013-2014 General Catalog (Summer, Fall 2013) [ARCHIVED CATALOG Please see current catalog]

Physics Teaching - BS with a Teaching Minor

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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 courses at the 3000 level and above. USU Depth courses, as well as research in physics education may be included. (Not to include physics courses designated as USU Depth courses.)

D. General Science Requirements (15-16 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)(35 credits)

Prior to enrolling in these courses, students must be approved for admission to the STEP by the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. Students must have a minimum of 60 credits and a total GPA of 2.75, and must meet the Department of Physics GPA standards. For information on other criteria that must be met for acceptance, students should consult with advisors in the Secondary Education Program, School of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEAL).


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 (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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