A student majoring in physics receives a core preparation in physics plus some training in math, chemistry and computer science. Physics graduates have success in industry, graduate school, high-school teaching and graduate engineering programs.

Students interested in high school teaching must pursue a physical science teaching license. This license combines both chemistry and physics teaching and is the recommended license for physics teachers in Ohio. Most students can expect to add a semester to the program to meet clinical practice requirements. Prospective teachers must begin the teacher-education program early by taking some education courses during the first or sophomore year. Therefore students should indicate their desire to teach to the science department as early as possible so they can receive advice about scheduling.
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(51 hours)
Required physics courses:
PHY 202 Astronomy (4)
PHY 211 Physics for Science and Engineering 1 (5)
PHY 212 Physics for Science and Engineering 2 (5)
PHY 326 Thermal/Modern/Nuclear/Quantum 1 (5)
PHY 327 Thermal/Modern/Nuclear/Quantum 2 (5)
PHY 360 Linear Electronics (4)

Major Required mathematics courses:
MAT 135 Calculus 1 (5)
MAT 136 Calculus 2 (5)

Required computer science course:
CPS 108 Computer Programming (3)

Required chemistry courses:
CEM 121 General Inorganic Chemistry 1 (5)
CEM 122 General Inorganic Chemistry 2 (5)

The major as indicated above should be viewed as a minimum major and is satisfactory for high school teachers and some industrial positions. Students will not be admitted to most graduate engineering programs unless they also take MAT 225 and MAT 350. More computer science such as CPS 320 is also recommended for prospective engineers. Students intending to pursue a graduate degree in physics should take the extra math and computer science as described for engineers, plus they should also consider PHY 365 and/or PHY 370. PHY 390 is also recommended for students thinking about graduate school.

Adolescent/young adult licensure in physical science

(96 hours minus 7 LAS hours)

Life Science Courses (choose one):
BIO 200 Genetics (4)
BIO 235 Cell Biology (4)

Chemistry courses:
CEM 121 General Inorganic Chemistry 1 (5)
CEM 122 General Inorganic Chemistry 2 (5)
CEM 221 Organic Chemistry 1 (4)
CEM 222 Organic Chemistry 2 (4)
CEM 230 Analytical Chemistry (4)
Two additional hours of chemistry required (2)

Earth/Space courses:
PHY 202 Astronomy (4)
PHY 203 Earth Science (4)

Physics courses:
PHY 211 Physics and Science for Engineering 1 (5)
PHY 212 Physics and Science for Engineering 2 (5)
PHY 326 Modern Physics 1 (5)
PHY 327 Modern Physics 2 (5)
PHY 360 Linear Electronics (4)

Required professional education courses:
EDU 303 Computers and Technology in Education (2)
EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching in a Diverse Society (3)
EDU 205 Field Experience (1)
EDU 220 Curriculum & Assessment (2)
SED 220 Adolescent Development: Development and Diversity (2)
EDU 353 Educational Psychology and Instructional Practices (3)
EDU 332 Social and Philosophical Issues in Education (3)
EDU 305 Content Area Literacy/ General Methods (3)
SED 389 Issues in Special Education (1)
EDU 402 A/YA Special Methods: Science (2)
EDU 425 Leadership Seminar (2)

 All of the previously listed professional education courses, plus the completion of at least 80 percent of the licensure area course work, are prerequisites for clinical practice:
EDU 451 Clinical Practice (Adolescent/Young Adult) (12)

July 2014