Physics Teaching Concentration
For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences
Major in Physics (Sciences and Letters), Physics Teaching Concentration
Web address for department: http://physics.illinois.edu
General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.
Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.
A Major Plan of Study Form must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Affairs Office before the end of the fifth semester (60-75 hours). Please see your adviser.
Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours
This concentration fulfills state certification requirements to teach high school physics (grades 9-12) through the AP/honors level and general science (high school biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and environmental science up to but not including the AP/honors level).
Students in this concentration must complete the Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching. See the College of Education section for requirements of the minor (39 hours).
Time to degree completion varies. Minimum time to completion is 8 semesters, some students may require 10 semesters. Transfer students may need 10 total semesters combined to complete the program. Please see the LAS section in the transfer handbook for more information.
To remain in good standing in this program and be recommended for certification, candidates are required to maintain UIUC, cumulative, content area, and professional education, grade-point averages of 2.5 (A= 4.0). Candidates should consult their advisor or the Council on Teacher Education for the list of courses used to compute these grade-point averages. http://www.cote.illinois.edu/
Departmental distinction: Distinction is determined by a combination of grade point average and achievement in student teaching. The student's practice teaching experience will be evaluated by the departmental honors adviser and the teaching supervisor. Distinction requires a 3.2 grade point average; high distinction, 3.4; highest distinction, 3.6. Students desiring distinction should consult with the departmental honors adviser during the junior year.
|The following courses must be completed or in progress when students apply to the Secondary Education minor.|
|MATH 221||Calculus I 1||4|
|or MATH 220||Calculus|
|MATH 231||Calculus II||3|
|MATH 241||Calculus III||4|
|MATH 285||Intro Differential Equations||3|
|or MATH 286||Intro to Differential Eq Plus|
|PHYS 211||University Physics: Mechanics||4|
|PHYS 212||University Physics: Elec & Mag||4|
|PHYS 213||Univ Physics: Thermal Physics||2|
|PHYS 214||Univ Physics: Quantum Physics||2|
|Select one group of Chemistry courses:||4-5|
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry Lab I
|Accelerated Chemistry I|
and Accelerated Chemistry Lab I
|Additional required coursework|
|Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching||39|
|PHYS 110||Physics Careers||0|
|PHYS 325||Classical Mechanics I||3|
|PHYS 435||Electromagnetic Fields I||3|
|PHYS 485||Atomic Phys & Quantum Theory||3|
|or PHYS 486||Quantum Physics I|
|Choose at least three courses from List A and List B below. At least one course must come from List B.||9-14|
|Classical Mechanics II|
|Electromagnetic Fields II|
|Thermal & Statistical Physics|
|Quantum Physics II|
|Condensed Matter Physics|
|Introduction to Biophysics|
|Classical Physics Lab|
|Modern Experimental Physics|
|Acoustical Physics of Music|
|Additional Technical Courses|
|IB 100||Biology in Today's World||3|
|GEOL 107||Physical Geology||4|
|ASTR 210||Introduction to Astrophysics||3|