Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Physics (Teacher Certification in Physics/Mathematics, Grades 7-12)

Minimum Required: 128 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 EDST 4681.
  4. To satisfy graduation requirements for teacher certification, students must have at least a 2.75 Overall GPA. A GPA of at least 2.75 in all assigned courses in the professional sequence with no grade below a “C”.
  5. Majors 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.

Course Requirements 

Freshman
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
PHYS 14304PHYS 24254 
MATH 2471 (Mathematics Component Code 020)4MATH 24724 
US 11001ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3 
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3 
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3  
 15 14
Sophomore
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummerHours
PHYS 24354PHYS 33203Summer I: 
MATH 33733MATH 33233HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3
CHEM 11411CHEM 11421POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
CHEM 1341 (Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030)3CHEM 1342 (Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030)3Summer II: 
PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3
 PHYS 32102POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
 14 15 12
Junior
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummerHours
PHYS 43103PHYS 33113MATH 33153
PHYS 33123PHYS 34114MATH 33303
Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803CI 43323MATH 43043
CI 33253PHYS Elective13-4 
MATH 33053  
 15 13 9
Senior
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
PHYS 43123EDST 46816 
RDG 33233  
CI 43433  
CI 43703  
PHYS Elective13-4  
 15 6
Total Hours: 128
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For the PHYS Electives, choose two courses from the following with advisor approval: PHYS 3416, PHYS 3417, PHYS 4305, PHYS 4311, PHYS 4313, PHYS 4314, PHYS 4315, PHYS 4317, PHYS 4320, PHYS 4321, PHYS 4340.