May 25, 2018  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Physics Teaching (B.S.)

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Program: Physics Teaching B.S.
Department of Physics
College of Arts and Sciences

Kettler Hall 126B ~ 260-481-6306 ~

The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:

  • Will reason about physically significant problems conceptually and mathematically
  • Will solve complex physical problems using sophisticated mathematical techniques
  • Will interpret mathematical solutions conceptually and physically
  • Will use computation and computer modeling to investigate physical phenomena and solve physical problems
  • Will communicate in appropriate scientific media and forms
  • Will be aware of effective teaching techniques for physics
  • Will be aware of appropriate physics laboratory methods 

This program helps you prepare for teaching physics in the high schools and science in the middle schools. You may also be interested in physical science teaching certification (listed separately in this Bulletin).

You should work closely with your academic advisor to ensure completion of general-education requirements for teacher certification. You must have a GPA of 3.00 or higher in your major and the professional-education course area with an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher. Each required course must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

The College of Education and Public Policy requires that you first complete EDUC F200/M101, EDUC W200/M101, and EDUC K306 before you are permitted to take Block 1 courses. Prior to your junior year, you must successfully complete the Pearson Basic Skills test or approved alternative (see you advisor for a list of approved alternatives) before admission to Block 1 courses. The Pearson Content Area Exam in physics must be completed before the student-teaching semester.

If you wish to transfer to physics teaching from another degree program, you must have an average of C or better in all physics and mathematics courses you have completed, and not more than one grade below C in those courses.

To earn the B.S. with a major in physics teaching, you must fulfill the requirements of IPFW (see Part 8 ) and the College of Arts and Sciences (see Part 4 ) in addition to the following requirements:

IPFW General Education Requirements

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

Professional Education Program Requirements

Prior to being admitted to the professional education program, you must complete the Pre-Professional Education courses and pass the Pearson Basic Skills Assessment or approved alternative.  See your advisor for a list of approved alternatives.

Student Teaching

Total Credits: 133

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