Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Physics (Teacher Certification in Physical Science, Grades Six through Twelve)

Minimum Required: 125-127 semester credit hours

Admission Requirement

  1. All students pursuing teacher certification must apply and be accepted to the Office of Educator Preparation.

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.
  2. A minor in Secondary Education is required.
  3. In addition to the major, minor and general education core curriculum requirements, students must also complete 21 hours of professional sequence courses under the College of Education. All coursework must be completed prior to enrolling in EDST 4681.
  4. To satisfy graduation requirements for teacher certification, students must have at least a 2.75 Overall GPA, a major GPA of at least 2.50 with no grades less than a “C” in all major courses, a GPA of at least 2.50 in all assigned courses in the professional sequence with no grades less than a “C”, and a Secondary Education minor GPA of at least 2.50 with no grades less than a “C” in all minor courses. 
  5. Students must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  6. Nine semester credit hours must be writing intensive (WI).
  7. If two years of the same foreign language were taken in high school, then no additional language hours will be required for the degree. In the absence of such high school language, two semesters of the same modern language must be taken at the college level.
  8. All students seeking teacher certification must apply for and be admitted to the Educator Preparation Program in order to enroll in education coursework and student teaching in the Junior and Senior years.  Refer to the requirements for Admittance to the Educator Preparation Program through the Office of Educator Preparation.
  9. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires multiple background checks for progression through the Educator Preparation Program. Based on information recorded in your criminal history, you may be ineligible for issuance of a teaching certificate upon completion of the Educator Preparation Program. If you have a criminal history, you may obtain a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation from TEA. For more information, go to:

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
PHYS 14304PHYS 24354 
MATH 2471 (Mathematics Component Code 020)4MATH 2472 (Component Area Option Code 090/092)4 
US 11001ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3 
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3American History Component Code 0603 
Social and Behavioral Sciences Component 0803PHYS 22302 
 15 16 
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummerHours
PHYS 2425 (Component Area Option Code 090/093)4PHYS 33203Summer I: 
CHEM 11411MATH 33233American History Component Code 0603
MATH 23933CHEM 11421POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
CHEM 1341 (Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 030)3CHEM 1342 (Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 030)3Summer II: 
PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040)3PHYS 21501ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3
PHYS 32102COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
 16 14 12
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummerHours
PHYS 43103PHYS 33113CHEM 34104
PHYS Upper Division Lab or PHYS 331213-4PHYS Upper Division Lab or PHYS 331213-4 
CI 33253CI 43323 
CHEM 21301PHYS 43603 
CHEM 23303CHEM 23503 
 13-14 15-16 4
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
PHYS 43123EDST 46816 
RDG 33233  
CI 43433  
CI 43703  
CHEM 42952  
 14 6 
Total Hours: 125-127