Physics 7-12, B.S.

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The graduation requirements are listed below. In addition, students select free electives to reach 120 credits overall required for the degree, and this program requires a 2.7 cumulative GPA for graduation.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements for the major (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers:

This is an educator preparation program in the State of Connecticut with additional admission requirements (see Admissions>>Teacher/Educator Preparation Programs). Candidates recommended for certification must also meet any additional Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) requirements (see Degree Requirements>>Teacher/Educator Preparation Programs) in effect on the date CSDE receives the certification application.


All bachelor’s degree programs include liberal education (LEP) and writing (W) course requirements. To review more detailed information, please visit General Education (LEP) Degree Requirements.   


Up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements and will be indicated below; no more than two courses in the same subject may be used towards LEP Explorations.

Physics Requirements (30 Credits)
PHY 230 –  Physics for Scientists and Engineers I ('C-' or better)
PHY 231 –  Physics for Scientists and Engineers II ('C-' or better)
PHY 309 –  Modern Physics ('C-' or better)
PHY 370 –  Modern Physics Laboratory ('C-' or better)
PHY 400 –  Classical Mechanics I
PHY 406 –  Electricity and Magnetism
PHY 461 –  Methods in Physics Research
EGR 471 or PHY 471 –  Capstone 
Select an additional 6 credits of PHY

Since all 100-level courses are introductory, a student may not receive credit for more than one of PHY 100, 101, 103, and 111. 

Education Requirements (27 Credits)
EDU 316 –  Child Development and Psychology for Educators ('C' or better)
EDU 413 –  Secondary Education ('C' or better)
EDU 471 –  Supporting English Learners for School Success ('C' or better)
RDG 470 – Literacy in the Content Areas ('C' or better)
SED 225 – Introduction to Exceptionalities ('C' or better)
SCE 490 – Science Teaching (Secondary School) ('C' or better)
SCE 494 – Student Teaching (Science)
SCE 496 – Student Teaching Seminar (Science)


CHE 120 –  General Chemistry I (T2PR)
CHE 121 – General Chemistry II
EDU 200 – Teachers, Schools, and Society ('C' or better) (T2CC)
HIS 110 – United States History to 1877 OR
   HIS 111 – United States History from 1877 to present (T2AE)
MAT 150 – Calculus I (T1QR)
MAT 151 – Calculus II
MAT 252 – Calculus III
MAT 245 – Differential Equations
SHE 203 – School Health ('C' or better) (T2MB)