Physics, Bachelor of Science with a Concentration in Physics Education

To obtain a B.S. with a major in Physics, a student must fulfill university, college, and departmental requirements. Minimum hour requirements follow:

  • 46 hours of University General Education courses

    Most commonly, Physics majors do not complete 46 hours of coursework solely for the purpose of meeting University General Education requirements.  Instead, they often test out of at least three hours of fundamental academic skills, take courses that meet both the six hours of diversity requirements and six hours of distribution requirements, and meet the 7  hour natural sciences distribution requirement through completing major courses.  In such cases, the number of credit hours taken solely to meet General Education requirements is reduced to 30 or fewer.

  • 62 hours of major courses

  • Elective hours as required to total 120 hours

TOTAL HOURS: 120

Requirements

A Bachelor of Science in physics with a concentration in education leads to a physics teaching certificate at the secondary-school level. In some cases, it is possible to earn a B.S in physics and a B.S. in secondary education.

Physics Courses
PHYS 1950PHYSICS GATEWAY COURSE1
PHYS 2110
PHYS 1154
GENERAL PHYSICS I - CALCULUS LEVEL
and GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY I
5
PHYS 2120
PHYS 1164
GENERAL PHYSICS-CALCULUS LEVEL
and GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY II
5
PHYS 3250MATHEMATICAL METHODS OF PHYSICS3
PHYS 3450CLASSICAL MECHANICS3
PHYS 3600THERMODYNAMICS AND STATISTICAL PHYSICS3
PHYS 3750ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM I3
PHYS 3800OPTICS3
PHYS 4200INTRODUCTION TO QUANTUM MECHANICS3
PHYS 4230SPECIAL RELATIVITY AND NUCLEAR PHYSICS3
Additional Science Courses
BIOL 1450BIOLOGY I5
GEOL 1170INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL GEOLOGY4
MATH 1950CALCULUS I5
MATH 1960CALCULUS II5
MATH 1970CALCULUS III4
MATH 2200MATHEMATICAL COMPUTING I3
Select one of the following Chemistry lecture and lab pairings:4
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY
Educator Preparation Program Requirements
Additional Requirements
Major Field Test
Local Test
Professional Core Requirements
TED 2100EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATIONS3
TED 2200HUMAN RELATIONS FOR BIAS-FREE CLASSROOMS3
TED 2380DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING IN ADOLESCENCE3
TED 2400PLANNING FOR EFFECTIVE TEACHING6
TED 3550SECONDARY CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT3
TED 3690LITERACY AND LEARNING3
SPED 3800DIFFERENTIATION AND INCLUSIVE PRACTICES3
TED 4000SPECIAL METHODS IN THE CONTENT AREA3
In addition, earning the grades 6-12 Nebraska Teaching Certificate requires a semester of Clinical Practice, which is 12 hours:
TED 4600CLINICAL PRACTICE AND SEMINAR: ELEMENTARY OR SECONDARY LEVEL12
Total Credits101