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    Middle Tennessee State University
   
 
  Dec 15, 2017
 
 
    
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog

Physics, Physics Teaching Concentration, B.S.


Department of Physics and Astronomy  
615-898-2130
Ron Henderson, program coordinator
Ron.Henderson@mtsu.edu

All physics majors must choose to concentrate in Professional Physics, Physics Teaching, Applied Physics, or Astronomy. Each concentration specifies additional upper-division electives in physics and astronomy and other disciplines which vary by concentration. A minimum of 12 upper-division semester hours in the physics major must be taken at MTSU.

The Physics Teaching concentration offers preparation for careers as physics teachers, as well as serving as an appropriate degree path for other physics majors who do not plan to attend graduate school.

Students seeking a license to teach physics in secondary schools (grades 7-12) must complete (1) a major in physics with a concentration in Physics Teaching, and/or (2) a minor in Secondary Education through MTeach.

Academic Map


Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Physics, Physics Teaching, B.S., Academic Map   

Degree Requirements


General Education (41 hours)


General Education  requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

The following General Education courses are required for this major:

  • MATH 1910 (Math)
  • BIOL 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)
  • CHEM 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)

Major Requirements (33 hours)


Supporting Courses (15 hours)


Electives (31 hours)


  • At least 18 credit hours at 3000/4000 level

NOTE:


The minimum number of hours for graduation is 120; however, the number of hours required for this program may exceed this if students choose the Secondary Education Minor  in addition to the Physics Teaching concentration.

Total hours in program: 120


Curriculum: Physics, Physics Teaching


Curricular listings include General Education  requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Subtotal: 31 Hours


Subtotal: 32 Hours


Junior


Subtotal: 29 Hours


Senior


Subtotal: 28 Hours