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Major Requirements

Minimum Total Hours: 124

Total Liberal Arts Hours: 60

For General Education Requirements see the requirements list that can be found under the General Education Council. Exceptions to the requirements are as follows: only one fine arts course is required (ART 101, MUS 104, OR FNA 102); PSY 203 must be taken to meet the behavioral science requirement. Requirements for the lab science and mathematics proficiency will be met through the major.

Minimum Requirements: Students must maintain a GPA of 2.7 in the major and overall. Students must also receive no grade less than a C in the major; a minimum grade of C+ in 100-level EDU courses; a minimum grade of B- in levels 200 and above EDU courses; a minimum grade of C in CMC 101 and CMP 101; and a minimum grade of C in mathematics proficiency course (within the major).

Transfer Requirements: See institutional transfer policies.

Application to Major: A standard institutional application form is to be submitted to the Department of Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics at the end of the sophomore year. A minimum overall GPA of 2.7 is required to be accepted to the major and must be maintained in order to remain in the major. In addition, students must apply to the Teacher Education Department after completing two EDU courses (usually EDU 185 and EDU 195) and must apply to student teach by the appropriate deadline. Contact the Teacher Education Department for specific deadlines and forms.

Major Requirements: 46 hours as follows:

  • 30 hours of physics courses: PHY 201*, 202, 203, 401; 6 hours physics electives; and 9 hours of 300/400-level physics electives;
  • 4 hours computer science: CSC 140;
  • 12 hours mathematics: MTH 281*, 282, 283.

Students who are pursuing Adolscense Education Physics for grades 7-12 (with an extension in Physics for grades 5-6) are also required to complete:

  • A 39-hour core of education courses (EDU 185, 195 & 195 OPE, 235, 260, 294, 357 & 357 OPE, 360 & 360 OPE, 385 & 385 OPE, PSY 203 Lab, 402A & 402B, 442);
  • Training in Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment;
  • Training in School Violence Prevention and Intervention;
  • 100 hours of fieldwork, called observation-participation experience (OPE).

Students who are pursuing dual certification in Adolescence Education Physics for grades 7-12 and Students with Disabilities 7-12 Generalist are required to complete:

  • A 48-hour core of education courses, including courses for teaching content to students with disabilities (EDU 185, 195 & 195 OPE, 235, 294, 357 & 357 OPE, 360 & 360 OPE, 365 & 365 OPE, 385 & 358 OPE, 390, PSY 203 Lab, HST 361, LIT 361, 402A & 402B, 442);
  • Training in Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment;
  • Training in School Violence Prevention and Intervention;
  • 150 hours of fieldwork, called observation-participation experience (OPE).

* Passing the math placement test could be required before enrolling in some introductory courses.

View the full check sheet to see detailed course requirements: