For students in the BA/MA program, students intending to teach grades 7-12, and students intending to enter the medical profession. The requirements consist of 8 credits of introductory physics courses
Additionally, 15-24 credits of allied courses (mathematics and chemistry) are also required. Together, the introductory physics and the Option 1 concentration (30 credit total) satisfy the major requirement for initial certification as a teacher of physics in grades 7-12. Option 1, together with the MA (see the Accelerated BA/MA Program in Physics), is recommended for students planning to pursue a PhD in physics.
Preparation for Teaching
The Option 1 major in physics satisfies the requirements for NY State initial certification of at least 30 credits for teachers in adolescent education: physics (grades 7-12). Students planning to become physics teachers at the secondary level should take the 23-credit sequence in secondary education.
Students preparing to teach physics are advised to include the following courses or their equivalents in their undergraduate program: