May 24, 2020  
Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014 
Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics Option 1

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For students in the BA/MA program, students intending to teach grades 7-12, and students intending to enter the medical profession.

Foundational Courses

Foundational Courses must be completed before embarking upon the major. Students with appropriate background may be exempted from some or all Foundational Courses. See department for proper placement.

Option 1

The requirements consist of 8 credits of introductory physics courses

PHYS 11100  and PHYS 12000  preferred

and a 22-credit concentration in physics courses at the 200 level and higher:

PHYS 22100 

PHYS 22200 

PHYS 33000 

PHYS 33400 

PHYS 23000 

PHYS 23500 

PHYS 33500 

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: