Physics Teaching Concentration within the Sciences and Letters Curriculum

Completion of this concentration fulfills state certification requirements to teach both physics and general science. Certification in other areas can also be earned. In order 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.


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Degree title: Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement. In addition, students must take one of the following speech performance courses: CMN 101, CMN 113CMN 321, or CMN 323 .

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

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.

Prerequisites to transfer to the Teaching Concentration: EPSY 201; EPS 201; CHEM 102 and CHEM 103, or CHEM 202 and CHEM 203; MATH 220, MATH 221, MATH 231, MATH 241, and MATH 285; and PHYS 211, PHYS 212, PHYS 213, and PHYS 214 must be completed prior to transfer into the teaching concentration. Candidates must also pass the Illinois Certification Test of Basic Skills before they may be admitted to the program.

In addition to the requirements for the concentration listed below, students must complete the Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching (37 - 38 hours). See the College of Education section for requirements of the minor. Conferral of the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences prior to completion of the minor requires approval by petition to the LAS Student Affairs Office. Ordinarily, all students will require 10 semesters to complete this program.

Physics Core
PHYS 110Physics Careers0
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec & Mag4
PHYS 213Univ Physics: Thermal Physics2
PHYS 214Univ Physics: Quantum Physics2
PHYS 325Classical Mechanics I3
PHYS 435Electromagnetic Fields I3
PHYS 485Atomic Phys & Quantum Theory3
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
Subatomic Physics
Quantum Physics II
Condensed Matter Physics
Introduction to Biophysics
Classical Physics Lab
Modern Experimental Physics
Electronic Circuits
Acoustical Physics of Music
Supporting Technical Courses
MATH 221Calculus I 14
MATH 231Calculus II3
MATH 241Calculus III4
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations3
or MATH 286 Intro to Differential Eq Plus
Additional Technical Courses
Select one group of Chemistry courses:4-5
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Lab I
Accelerated Chemistry I
and Accelerated Chemistry Lab I
IB 100Biology in Today's World3
GEOL 107Physical Geology4
ASTR 210Introduction to Astrophysics3
Total Hours58-64

MATH 220 may be substituted with four of the five credit hours applying toward the degree. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus.