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Academics: Physics Education

Teaching physics

If you are interested in teaching high school physics, you may choose to pursue a Secondary Education Physics Major, or pursue an Integrated Science Major wtih a Physics Secondary Education Minor (below).

Secondary education physics major

Complete at least 30 semester hours, including:

  • Physics 132
  • Physics 133
  • Physics 235
  • Physics 237
  • Physics 246
  • Physics 306 (or higher level substitutes)
  • Two advanced theory classes: 335 and 345
  • Only one advanced laboratory course is required.

Cognates (At least 19 semester hours)

  • Mathematics 171 (or 170), 172, 271 (or 270)
  • Science Education Studies 214, 314, and 359

Secondary education physics minor

  • Physics 132
  • Physics 133
  • Physics 195
  • Physics 235
  • Physics 237
  • Physics 246
  • Physics 306
  • Higher level physics courses may be substituted with the approval of the department

Cognates

  • Science Education Studies 214 and 314

Secondary

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Four-year sample plans

These plans meet the requirements for a physics secondary education major and a math secondary education minor:

Contact an advisor

Interested in teaching physics? Plan your program with Secondary Education advisor Loren Haarsma.

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