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Physics BA -Teaching of Science Physics and Chemistry/Physics Adolescent Education EdM - Program Requirements

(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

Associated Programs

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

Academic Requirements

All undergraduate majors include at least 24-credit hours at the upper division (at least 300-level).

Academic Advice

To ensure that both University at Buffalo graduation requirements and New York State Education Department (NYSED) teacher certification requirements are completed in a timely manner, students are required to meet with both their primary advisor and Office of Educator Preparation advisor each semester.

To progress to the graduate portion of the program, students must maintain a 3.000 GPA, complete and submit their GRE or MAT scores, and complete an interview in the Office of Educator Preparation. Students must complete these progression points by March of junior year to be eligible to register for graduate level coursework. No formal application is required for graduate school.

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer students from accredited institutions are granted acceptance to the Department of Physics major 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
  • Academic transfer credit is granted for physics and mathematics courses completed with a  grade of C or better that are suitable to the department's degree programs.

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY website. Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Required Courses

Required Undergraduate Courses:

CEP 400 Educational Psychology 
CHE 101 General Chemistry
CHE 102 General Chemistry II
CHE 113 General Chemistry
CHE 114 General Chemistry Lab
CHE 203 Organic Chemistry I and CHE 205 Organic Chemistry Lab
CHE 204 Organic Chemistry II and CHE 206 Organic Chemistry Lab
CHE 314 Analytical Chemistry
CHE Elective 300-400 level
ELP 405 Sociology of Education
LAI 350 Introduction to Education
LAI 414 Adolescent Writing across Curriculum
LAI 474 Teaching the Exceptional Learner
MTH 141 College Calculus 1
MTH 142 College Calculus 2
MTH 241 College Calculus 3
MTH 306 Intro to Differential Equations
PHY 107 or PHY 117 Physics 1
PHY 108 or PHY 118 Physics 2
PHY 207 General Physics 3
PHY 208 General Physics 4
PHY 257 General Physics 3 Lab
PHY 307 Modern Physics Lab
PHY 401 Quantum Mechanics 1

Graduate Required Courses

LAI 531 Science Curricula: Current Approaches
LAI 533 Science Instruction: Topics
LAI 534 Measurement and Evaluation in Science Instruction
LAI 552 Middle Childhood – Adolescent Literacy Methods
LAI 595 Supervised Teaching II
LAI 603 Developing Curricula for Emerging Adolescents
LAI 619 Teaching Science in Grades 5-12
LAI 667 Field Experience
LAI 668 Supervised Teaching I
LAI 674 Seminar in Teaching
LAI 698 Instructional Strategies in Secondary Schools
LAI 700 Capstone
9 Credits of 500 Level PHY, CHE, or Graduate Science Pedagogy

Departmental Honors Requirements

Honors 3.250
High honors 3.500
Highest honors 3.750

Completion of senior thesis

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Physics BA - Teaching of Science Physics and Chemistry/Physics Adolescence Education EdM degrees
Undergraduate Credits Required103
Graduate Credits Required
Total Credits Required for Degree160

* Students in accelerated programs are exempt from 120 credit minimum for a Bachelor’s degree.

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Aug 10, 2022 11:43:16