Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Physics (Secondary Education; Teacher Certification in Physics/Mathematics, Grades Seven through Twelve, with Double Major in B.S. Education)

Minimum Required: 120 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. In addition, to the general education core curriculum requirements, students must also complete 33 hours in a double major with the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Education in the College of Education. All coursework must be completed prior to enrolling in EDST 4681.
    Education Foundations
    CI 2310Education for Change3
    CI 3325Adolescents and Society3
    CI 4332Secondary Teaching: Curriculum and Technology3
    Teaching and Learning
    CI 3340Teaching for Linguistic Diversity3
    CI 4343Instructional Strategies for the Secondary Teacher3
    CI 4370Building Relationships in the Secondary Classroom3
    CI 4372Teaching in Communities3
    RDG 3323Teaching Literacies in the Content Areas3
    SPED 4344Educating Students with Mild Disabilities3
    Clinical Practice
    EDST 4681Student Teaching 7-126
    Total Hours33
  3. To satisfy graduation requirements for teacher certification, students must have an Overall GPA of at least 2.75, as well as grades of “C” or better in all courses within the Major(s), Teaching Field(s), Certification area(s), and/or in the Education Minor. 
  4. Students must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  5. Nine credit hours must be writing intensive (WI).
  6. Students entering Texas State with fewer than 16 credit hours completed after high school graduation will be required to take US 1100. All others will be exempt from taking this course. Students may be required to earn an additional elective to reach the 120 minimum total credit hour requirement for the awarding of a degree.
  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:

  10. For transfer students, 6 semester credit hours in Curriculum and Instruction and Special Education may be transferred from a Texas public institution of higher education for the Associate of Arts in Teaching Field of Study and be applied to the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Education at Texas State University. More information about the Field of Study is available in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. The transferable Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) is listed below the Texas State University course number in the following course list.
    CI 2310Education for Change (CI ELNA)3
    TCCN: EDUC 1301
    SPED 4344Educating Students with Mild Disabilities (CI ELNA)3
    TCCN: EDUC 2301

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummerHours
PHYS 1340 or 13503MATH 2472 (Component Area Option Code 090/092 [TCCN MATH 2414])4American History Component Code 0603
MATH 2471 (Mathematics Component Code 020 [TCCN 2413])4PHYS 1430 (Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 030 [TCCN PHYS 2425])4POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2306])3
US 11001MATH 33153POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2305])3
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1301])3American History Component Code 0603 
Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803Communication Component Code 0103 
 14 17 9
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummerHours
MATH 23933PHYS 33123MATH 33233
PHYS 24354PHYS 2425 (Component Area Option Code 090/093 [TCCN PHYS 2426])4Creative Arts Component Code 050 [HUMA 1315]3
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0304PHYS 22302 
Choose 4 hours from the following: CI 23103 
 MATH 33303 
Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 0403  
PHYS 32102  
 16 15 6
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
PHYS elective16MATH 43043 
PHYS 21501PHYS 43603 
Education Core:6Block I:9 
 13 15 
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
PHYS elective3Clinical Practice: Student Teaching6 
Block II:9  
 12 6 
Total Hours: 123

Physics electives: 

PHYS 3301PHYS 3311PHYS 3313PHYS 3315PHYS 3320PHYS 3411PHYS 3416, PHYS 3417, PHYS 3418PHYS 4305PHYS 4310PHYS 4311PHYS 4312PHYS 4315, PHYS 4321, MATH 4306, ENGR 3311ENGR 3380.