Physics Education

The physics teaching minor satisfies state secondary teaching endorsement requirements in physics. Students must also complete the requirements of the secondary education program. See the education department listing for requirements.

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Minor requirements

Physics electives: 12 credits *
PHY 211SN - Classical Physics I
(4 credits)(NWCore option under Science and the Natural World) Though all students are welcome in this calculus-based, IGE physics course, this is the first of a two course sequence designed for math, science, and engineering majors and others who have taken or are taking calculus and intend to apply to medical or graduate school. This course includes the following topics: kinematics, Newtonian mechanics, energy, momentum, gravity, oscillations, and thermodynamics. Prerequisite: C- or higher in MAT 112, or consent of the department chair.
PHY 212 - Classical Physics II
A continuation of Classical Physics I. Topics will include simple harmonic oscillation, mechanical and electromagnetic waves, and electromagnetism.Prerequisite: successful completion of PHY211 with a grade of C- or better.(4 credits)
PHY 370 - Modern Physics
An introduction to the physics of the 20th century. Topics will include special relativity, introduction to quantum theory, the Schrodinger equation, the hydrogen atom and many-electron atoms. Note: There is a laboratory component to this course. Prerequisites: successful completion of PHY212 & MAT211 with a grade of C- or higher, or permission of instructor. (4 credits; alternate years, consult department)

Total credits required: 24


* Elective courses at 200-level (and above).