Bachelor of Science in Physics with a concentration in Education

A Bachelor of Science in physics with a concentration in education leads to a physics teaching certificate at the secondary-school level. 

Physics - 31 credits

PHYS 1950Physics Gateway Course

1 credit

PHYS 2110General Physics 1 - Calculus Level

4 credits

PHYS 1154General Physics Laboratory I

1 credit

PHYS 2120General Physics - Calculus Level

4 credits

PHYS 1164General Physics Laboratory II

1 credit

PHYS 3250Mathematical Methods of Physics

3 credits

PHYS 3450/PHYS 8455Classical Mechanics

3 credits

PHYS 3600/PHYS 8605Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics

3 credits

PHYS 3750/PHYS 8755Electricity and Magnetism I

3 credits

PHYS 3800/PHYS 8805Optics

3 credits

PHYS 4200/PHYS 8206Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

3 credits

PHYS 4230/PHYS 8236Special Relativity and Nuclear Physics

3 credits

**PHYS 3600 - Thermodynamics & Statistical Physics, formerly PHYS 3850

Additional Science Courses - 30 credits:
BIOL 1450Biology I

5 credits

GEOL 1170Introduction to Physical Geology

4 credits

MATH 1950Calculus I

5 credits

MATH 1960Calculus II

5 credits

MATH 1970Calculus III

4 credits

MATH 2200Mathematical Computing 1

3 credits

Select one of the following chemistry lecture and lab pairings (4 credits):

CHEM 1180General Chemistry I

3 credits

With Lab

CHEM 1184General Chemistry I Laboratory

1 credit

Or

CHEM 1190General Chemistry II

3 credits

Along with lab

CHEM 1194General Chemistry II Laboratory

1 credit

21 hours must come from the Professional Core Requirements (College of Education), as listed below. To take most of these classes a student must take the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) and apply for the Teacher Preparation Program.  These steps are typically done during the freshman or sophomore years, although they can be done later.  All 24 hours of the Professional Core Requirements are needed for the grades 7-12 Nebraska Teaching Certificate.

Professional Core Requirements (24 credits):

EDUC 2010Human Growth and Learning

3 credits

EDUC 2020Educational Foundations

3 credits

EDUC 2030Human Relations for Bias-Free Classrooms

3 credits

EDUC 2510Applied Special Education

3 credits

EDUC 2520Planning for Effective Teaching

3 credits

EDUC 2524Intermediate Field Experiences Practicum

0 credits

TED 3550Secondary Classroom Management

3 credits

TED 3690/TED 8695Literacy and Learning

3 credits

TED 4000/TED 8006Special Methods in the Content Area

3 credits

In addition, earning the grades 7-12 Nebraska Teaching Certificate requires a semester of Student Teaching, which is 12 hours; TED 4600, TED 4604(0 credits.)

In some cases, it is possible to earn a B.S in Physics and a B.S. in Secondary Education.