Physics

Physics Major – Teaching (B.S. in Ed. degree) – Secondary Ed.

Provisional Secondary Certification

Total: 38 semester hours

Admission Requirements, Retention and Termination Standards

Prospective majors are urged to begin your study of mathematics in the fall of the freshman year with MTH 132 (or MTH 130, if necessary) and your study of physics in the winter of the freshman year with PHY 145 and 175.

No more than five semester hours of credit taken on a credit/no credit basis may be counted toward the physics major or minor. Since the department permits credit/no credit registration only for beginning physics courses, the restriction refers specifically to PHY 145 and 175.

Although not recommended, the following course substitutions can be allowed if you successfully complete PHY 247:

  • PHY 130 in place of 145
  • PHY 131 for 146
  • PHY 170 for 175
  • PHY 171 for 176

If you are a transfer student from a two-year college, you can complete a major in physics in two additional years if you have satisfactorily completed a one-year course in calculus and a one-year course in general physics (preferably utilizing calculus). You should consult the chairperson of the physics department at your earliest opportunity, and in any case, prior to initial registration.

Physics Teaching Majors and Minors - A minimum 2.7 GPA (B-) must be earned in all teaching majors and minors.

Student Teaching in Physics (B.S. in Education) - If you are seeking the department's recommendation for student teaching in physics, the following requirements must be met:

  • At least 20 hours of physics (including PHY 505) must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.7.
  • At least 6 hours of physics (excluding PHY 505) must be completed at CMU.

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Required Courses (37 hours)

  • PHY 145: University Physics I 4(4-0)
  • PHY 146: University Physics II 4(4-0)
  • PHY 175: University Physics Laboratory I 1(0-2)
  • PHY 176: University Physics Laboratory II 1(0-2)
  • PHY 247: Introduction to Modern Physics 4(4-0)
  • PHY 277: University Physics Laboratory III 1(0-3)
  • PHY 312: Introduction to Mathematical Physics 3(3-0)
  • PHY 322: Intermediate Mechanics 3(3-0)
  • PHY 332: Electricity and Magnetism 3(3-0)
  • PHY 442: Introductory Quantum Theory 4(4-0)
  • PHY 450: Thermal Physics 3(3-0)
  • PHY 505: Teaching Chemistry and Physics in the Secondary School 3(3-0)
  • PHY 507: Field Experience in Teaching Chemistry/Physics 1(Spec)
  • PHY 578: Experimental Physics 2-4(Spec)

Electives (1 hour)

Select a minimum of one additional hour from courses having as prequisite a course in the required major sequence.

Physics Minor – Teaching (B.S. in Ed. degree) – Secondary Ed.

Provisional Secondary Certification and Provisional Secondary Certification with Emotional or Cognitive Impairment Endorsement

Total: 26 semester hours

Admission Requirements, Retention and Termination Standards

See information under Physics Major – Teaching (above).

Required Courses (26 hours)

  • PHY 145: University Physics I 4(4-0)
  • PHY 146: University Physics II 4(4-0)
  • PHY 175: University Physics Laboratory I 1(0-2)
  • PHY 176: University Physics Laboratory II 1(0-2)
  • PHY 231: Electronic Instrumentation 2(1-2)
  • PHY 247: Introduction to Modern Physics 4(4-0)
  • PHY 277: University Physics Laboratory III 1(0-3)
  • PHY 322: Intermediate Mechanics 3(3-0)
  • PHY 332: Electricity and Magnetism 3(3-0)
  • PHY 505: Teaching Chemistry and Physics in the Secondary School 3(3-0)

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