Sep 28, 2023  
2014-15 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-15 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics, Physics Teaching Concentration, B.S.

Department of Physics and Astronomy  
Ron Henderson, program coordinator

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 core consists of 25 semester hours of physics and astronomy. Other requirements include 8 semester hours of chemistry and 8 semester hours of mathematics.

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. In addition to the physics common requirements, the following courses are required:


Contact the Physics and Astronomy department office for scholarship opportunities for Physics Teaching students.

Teacher Licensure in Physics

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.

Students must contact their Secondary Education Minor  advisors for approval of appropriate courses.

Physics Common Requirements

The common requirements required of ALL Physics majors consist of

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


Subtotal: 29 Hours


Subtotal: 28 Hours

Total hours in program: 120


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.