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Physics BA -Teaching of Science Physics and Chemistry/Physics Adolescent Education EdM - Applying to the Program

(HEGIS: 19.02 PHYSICS-GEN-NO BIOPHYSCS, CIP: 40.0801 Physics, General)

Department of Physics

239 Fronczak Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1500

Dr. John Cerne
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Learning And Instruction

Office of Educator Preparation
375 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4610

Louise Lalli
Academic Advisor

Becoming a Physics BA -Teaching of Science Physics and Chemistry/Physics Adolescent Education EdM Student

Several checks are in place to monitor student progression through this program. Procedures begin with the initial screening upon application to the University for the BA degree. Students can progress to the graduate portion of the program so long as they also maintain good academic standing and carry a minimum GPA of 3.000 (B average).

In addition, students must indicate their desire to matriculate into the EdM (Teacher Preparation) portion of the program by March 1 of their junior year. This intention will trigger a review by the EdM program faculty to ensure the student has maintained a sufficient GPA and has completed appropriate coursework. At this time, students in this program are also expected to take the GRE (Graduate Record Examination), and complete an interview with the Office of Educator Preparation.

Finally, before entry into student teaching (field experience), students must have successfully completed all graduate level coursework with a B- or better.

Becoming a University at Buffalo Student

Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank (where applicable), strength of the high school academic record and SAT or ACT scores, if applicable. UB supports SUNY’s decision to temporarily suspend SAT and ACT requirements for admissions for the 2021-22 academic year. This temporary change of admissions eligibility requirements applies to the spring 2021, fall 2021 and spring 2022 cycles. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered.

The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:

  • Four years of English (with a substantial writing component).
  • Four years of social studies.
  • Three years of college-preparatory science.
  • Three years of a second language.
  • Three years of college-preparatory mathematics.

Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.

Freshman Admission to the Program

Incoming fall freshmen entering UB from high school are admitted to the combined BA/EdM program via the application for undergraduate admission. Students do not apply separately to graduate study. For more information see the UB Teach website.

Transfer Admission to the Program

Transfer students from accredited institutions are granted acceptance to the Department of Physics majors if they satisfy the following requirements with a minimum GPA of 2.000:
•    one-year calculus-based physics course similar to PHY 107-PHY 108/PHY 158
•    one-year calculus course similar to MTH 141-MTH 142

Current UB Students Applying to the Program

Interested students should contact Louise Lalli in the Graduate School of Education or visit the UB Teach website.

Suggested Introductory Courses

Students interested in pursuing a degree in physics should begin by taking MTH 141-MTH 142 and PHY 107-PHY 108 (or PHY 117-PHY 118, preferred) and PHY 158 or equivalent honors courses. This is particularly important for PHY 107 and PHY 108, which have PHY 117 and PHY 118 as their equivalent honors courses, and are designed to benefit physics majors and strong engineering students.

 
Published: Oct 18, 2021 15:41:24