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College of Education and Teacher Education

Physics Teaching

College of Science, Department of Physics

Physics education is a major in the College of Science that prepares students to investigate a variety of problems in physics, chemistry, biology and engineering and to inspire them to learn about and solve the challenges of their world. This program of study meets the requirements for certification to teach mathematics in the secondary schools of Indiana in addition to meeting the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Physics.

Students pursuing this teaching certification are admitted to the College of Science and work closely with the College of Education to prepare to teach in junior/middle/secondary schools (grades 5-12) by meeting the requirements set by the Teacher Education Council. These requirements are outlined in the Guide to Teacher Preparation and Licensure from the Office of Professional Preparation (OPPL) at www.teach.purdue.edu. Official requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Physics may be found at www.science.purdue.edu; click on “Undergraduate Programs.”

Students seeking specific information and guidance on this major should consult with an academic advisor in the College of Science for the most current information.