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Teacher Prep Track

Why take the Teacher Preparation Option?

This option is aimed at those who plan to teach physics, math or other technical fields in secondary school. It is also appropriate for students aimed at a science journalism career, or other fields involving the communication of physics to a broader audience.  Its distinguishing feature is the Physics 407-8-9 sequence, which is aimed at giving you the conceptual understanding and experience required to teach physics without college-level mathematics.

Teacher Preparation Option Requirements

In addition to the Common Core (see Major Requirements), the Teacher Preparation Option requires the following:

  1. 14 credits from:
    PHYS 226; PHYS 228; PHYS 324;
    one course from PHYS 323, PHYS 328, or PHYS 329.
  2. Physics by Inquiry (15 credits): PHYS 407, PHYS 408, and PHYS 409.
  3. One additional math course from the core list (3-4 credits):
    MATH 307/AMATH 351,
    MATH 308/AMATH 352,
    MATH 309/AMATH 353,
    MATH 324, MATH 326, or AMATH 401.
  4. Advanced Laboratory (3-5 credits): One course from PHYS 331, PHYS 335, PHYS 431, PHYS 432, PHYS 433, PHYS 434, and either ASTR 480 or ASTR 481.
  5. Teaching Practicum (3 credits): PHYS 499, working on a project that involves teaching.

4 year Plan, Includes courses recommended for breadth, but not required for graduation

LegendBOLD= required; * = lab; ^ = specific electives, italics = choose one or more

Year   Autumn Winter Spring
Freshman   121 or 121H
Math 124/134
122 or 122H
Math 125/135
123 or 123H
Math 126/136
Sophomore   224
227
217
Math Menu
225
294
334* (lab)
228
226
329^
335*
Math Menu
Junior   321
324
331* or 434* 
322
325^
Intro. Chem/Bio
323^
Intro. Chem/Bio
Senior REU 407
328^
422 a/o 433*
485/496
Other Sci a/o Education 
teaching 
408
423 a/o 431*
486/497
Other Sci a/o Education 
teaching/research
409
421 a/o 432*
487/498
Other Sci a/o Education 
teaching/research

3 year Plan, Includes courses recommended for breadth, but not required for graduation

Year   Autumn Winter Spring
Year 1   121 or 121H
Math 124/134
122 or 122H
Math 125/135
123 or 123H
Math 126/136
Year 2 (224) 224
227
217
Math Menu
225
294
334* (lab)
228
226
321
335* a/o 
Math Menu
Year 3 322
324
407
(226)
328^
331* or 434*
teaching 
408
325^
Intro. Chem/Bio
teaching/research
409
323^
Intro. Chem/Bio
teaching/research
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