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Physics BA - Teaching of Science Physics Concentration - 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

John Cerne
Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Completing the Physics BA - Teaching of Science Physics Concentration Program

Academic Advice

Completion of the major concentration (including the required education courses) provides a strong foundation in content knowledge and a head start on education coursework required for an Initial Teacher Certificate to begin teaching in grades 7-12 in New York. Students must successfully complete the graduate-level initial teacher education program within the Graduate School of Education. It is then possible to complete, within the state-mandated five years, the master's degree required for a Professional Teacher Certificate, provided all New York State requirements have been successfully completed.

Transfer Credit Policy

  • 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:
  • 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.

Prerequisite Courses

MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
PHY 107 General Physics I or PHY 117 Honors Physics I
PHY 108 General Physics II or PHY 118 Honors Physics II
PHY 158 General Physics II Lab

Required Courses

CEP 400 Educational Psychology or ELP 405 Sociology of Education
CHE 101 General Chemistry I
CHE 102 General Chemistry II
CHE 113 General Chemistry I Lab
CHE 114 General Chemistry II Lab
LAI 350 Introduction to Education
MTH 241 College Calculus III
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
PHY 207 General Physics III or PHY 217 Honors Physics III
PHY 208 General Physics IV
PHY 257 General Physics III Lab
PHY 307 Modern Physics Lab
Four 300/400-level PHY electives (excluding PHY 497, PHY 498, and PHY 499)
Education Electives (11 or more credits, at least 6 credits must be at the 300 or 400 level selected from among the list below)

  • CEP 400 Educational Psychology (if not taken as a required course)
  • CEP 401 Introduction to Counseling
  • ELP 405 Sociology of Education (if not taken as a required course)
  • ELP 407 Language, Culture, and Education in a Global Society
  • LAI 205 Introduction to Child Development & Learning 
  • LAI 254 Woodwind Techniques (with advisor approval)
  • LAI 256 Brass Techniques (with advisor approval)
  • LAI 414 Writing across the Curriculum
  • LAI 416 Early Childhood Education Theory & Practice
  • LAI 419 Introduction to Teaching
  • LAI 433 Technology and Curriculum Integration
  • LAI 434 Assessment of Student Performance & Understanding
  • LAI 435 Intercultural Interactions in the Multicultural Classroom
  • LAI 474 Teaching the Exceptional Learner
  • LAI 490 Seminar and Practicum in Early Childhood
  • LIN 496 Linguistics Teaching Internship

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 Concentration degree
Credits Required for Major75
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum  32
Additional Credits Required for Electives 13
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

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: Nov 18, 2020 13:15:59