Physics Education

Minor in Physics for Secondary Education

I. Minor Program Requirements

  • PHYS 160 Einstein’s Physics
  • PHYS 205 Physics using Calculus I: Mechanics
  • PHYS 206 Physics using Calculus II: Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHYS 321 Geometrical Optics
  • PHYS/ENGR 305 Electronics and Circuit Analysis I

II. Math Requirements

  • MA 121 & 122 Differential and Integral Calculus
  • or MA 131 Calculus of Single Variable Functions
  • MA 207 Elementary Statistics
  • MA 141 Introduction to Mathematical Modeling
  • MA 233 Multivariable Calculus

III. Other Program Requirements

  • PHIL 252 Philosophy and History of Science
  • ED 346 Teaching Science in the Secondary School
  • Two courses chosen from Astronomy, Chemistry, or Earth Science

IV. Teacher Licensure

To obtain teacher licensure in Physics for Secondary Education, a student must complete:

  • ED 408 Student Teaching In the Minor Area
  • or ED 410 Student Teaching

V. Recommended Courses

  • PHYS 155 Robotics & Experimental Physics
  • ENGR 302 Engineering Mechanics I: Statics

VI. Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program and Student Teaching

Teacher Education Program: Students pursuing academic programs that lead to teacher licensure must seek admission to the teacher education program by the end of their sophomore year.

Student Teaching: In the spring semester of the junior year, all preservice teachers must seek admission to student teaching.


  1. See page 140 for Secondary Education Requirements and Professional Education Requirements for Secondary Education in academic catalog.
  2. All Physics for Secondary Education students must meet the following requirements:
    1. earn a grade of “C-” or better in all Professional Education Requirements, Minor Program Requirements, and Other Program Requirements;
    2. earn a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average;
    3. earn a minimum 2.65 grade point average in Minor Program Requirements and in Other Program Requirements;
    4. earn a minimum 2.65 grade point average in Professional Education Requirements.

For full course descriptions, see the Carroll College Academic Catalog.