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Physics Teaching

This degree provides a strong background in physics, in addition to a license to teach physics at a high school and middle school level. The requirements for this degree are listed below. Additional guidelines are available at the College of Science Undergraduate Academic Advising Office and the Office of Professional Preparation and Licensure, www.teach.purdue.edu/licensure. Students completing this major have an option of simultaneously completing and earning one of the other four physics majors.

Since teacher certification requirements are determined by each individual state, a student will need to contact the state education licensing agency in the state(s) where he or she plans to teach. This information is available online at www.teach.purdue.edu/licensure/outstate.html. The professional semester includes six weeks of a methods course at Purdue and 10 weeks of teaching.

To receive a Bachelor of Science with a major in physics teaching, a student must maintain a grade-point average of 2.5 or above in content area courses and 3.0 or above in education courses required to meet licensing requirements.

Physics Teaching Major Course Requirements 46-47 credits
PHYS 17200 (Modern Mechanics) 4 cr.
PHYS 27200 (Electric and Magnetic Interactions) 4 cr.
PHYS 30600 (Mathematical Methods of Physics I) 3 cr.
PHYS 30700 (Mathematical Methods of Physics II) 3 cr.
PHYS 31000 (Intermediate Mechanics) 4 cr.
PHYS 33000 (Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism) 3 cr.
PHYS 34000 (Modern Physics Laboratory) 1 cr.
PHYS 34400 (Modern Physics) 4 cr.
PHYS 36000 (Quantum Mechanics) 3 cr.
PHYS 42200 (Waves and Oscillations) 3 cr.
PHYS 45000 (Intermediate Laboratory) 2 cr.
Advanced Physics Laboratory Requirement:
PHYS 53600 (Electronic Techniques for Research) (4 cr.) or approved advanced laboratory courses, e.g., PHYS 58000 (Computational Physics) (3 cr.)
3-4 cr.
Science/Engineering Electives Requirement:
Two courses offered by any Science/ Engineering department at the 30000 level or higher (or by approval)
6 cr.

Physics/Astronomy Elective Requirement:
One Physics or Astronomy course at the 30000 level or higher (or by approval)

3 cr.
The two mathematical methods courses can be replaced by courses from the math department by petition, depending on the content and performance. In addition, there are 32 credits of professional education courses required.

Professional Education Courses 33 credits
EDCI 20500 (Exploring Teaching as a Career) (3 cr.); EDCI 27000 (Introduction to Educational Technology and Computing) (3 cr.); EDCI 28500 (Multiculturalism and Education) (3 cr.); EDCI 42400 (The Teaching of Earth and Physical Sciences in the Secondary Schools) (3 cr.); EDCI 42800 (Teaching Science in the Middle and Junior High School) (2 cr.); EDCI 49800 (Supervised Teaching in Secondary Mathematics Education) (10 cr.); EDPS 23500 (Learning and Motivation) (3 cr.); EDPS 26500 (The Inclusive Classroom) (3 cr.); EDST 20000 (History and Philosophy of Education) (3 cr.)