Feb 02, 2023
- Program Prerequisite: Composite Teaching majors must meet the Teacher Education admission and licensure requirements (see Teacher Education Department ).
- Minor: Not required.
- Grade Requirements: A grade of “C” or better in courses required for this major (a grade of “C-” is not acceptable). Also refer to the general grade requirements for graduation on Degree Requirements .
- Credit Hour Requirements: A total of 120 credit hours are required for graduation; a minimum of 69 of these is required within the major. A total of 40 upper division credit hours is required (courses numbered 3000 and above); a minimum of 13 of these is required within the major.
- Program Code: 6009BS
- CIPC: 131399
Teaching majors are encouraged to consult with advisors in both the College of Science (call 801-626-6160) and the College of Education (call 801-626-6269). (Also refer to the Department Advisor Referral List.) Students in this program should work closely with their advisor to ensure their teaching endorsements in multiple subject areas within physical science.
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Declare your program of study . Physical Science Composite Teaching majors must satisfy Teacher Education admission and licensure requirements (see Teacher Education Department ).
Refer to Degree Requirements for Bachelor of Science requirements. The following courses required for this major will satisfy physical science general education requirements: CHEM 1210 , GEO 1110 and PHYS 2210 .
Program Learning Outcomes
- Presentation skills. Physics majors should be able to express (orally and in writing) their understanding of core physical principles, the results of experiments, and their analysis of physical problems.
- Laboratory skills. Physics majors should be competent experimentalists. They should be able to design and set up an experiment, collect and analyze data, identify sources of error, and interpret their result and connect it to related areas of physics.
- Computer skills. Physics majors should be competent users of basic software, such as word processing, spreadsheet, and graphing programs. They should also have an understanding of the fundamental aspects of a programming and/or computer algebra language (Fortran, C++, Mathematica, etc.).
- Problem-solving skills. Physics majors should be competent problem-solvers. They should be able to identify the essential aspects of a problem and formulate a strategy for solving the problem. They should be able to estimate the solution to a problem, apply appropriate techniques to arrive at a solution, test the correctness of their solution, interpret their result and connect it to related areas of physics.
- Physics majors should be adequately trained to apply their physics experience and knowledge to analyze new situations.
- All physics students (majors, minors, support, and Gen Ed students) should understand the nature of science, as assessed by questionnaires, interviews, and student focus groups.
- General Education students should understand several core concepts of physics.
- Physics Teaching majors and Elementary Teaching majors should have an appropriate knowledge of physics and a variety of teaching strategies to accommodate the multiple learning styles of their students.
Major Course Requirements for BS Degree
Required Courses (minimum of 69 credit hours)
Physics Courses (19 credit hours)
Geology Courses (17 credit hours)
Chemistry Courses (14-15 credit hours)
General Science Courses (8 credit hours)
Science Support Courses (11 credit hours)
Students must also complete the Teacher Education Licensure Program.