Physics and Astronomy

Physics Education

Physics Education
Hours78.5 - 79.5 Credit Hours
MAPMajor Academic Plan

Program Requirements

Licensure: This program meets the educational requirements designed to lead to an occupationally required professional license or certificate in the state of Utah. Students pursuing occupations requiring a license or certificate in a state other than Utah should contact the appropriate BYU academic advisement center as well as the licensing agency in the state where they intend to work to seek information and guidance regarding licensure and certification requirements.
This major is designed to prepare students to teach in public schools. In order to graduate with this major, students are required to complete Utah State Office of Education licensing requirements. To view these requirements go to or contact the Education Advisement Center, 350 MCKB, 801-422-3426.
For students accepted into the major after December 16, 2019, grades below C in any required coursework in a teaching major or teaching minor will not be accepted. Teacher candidates must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher once admitted into the program and to qualify for student teaching. For additional details on admission and retention requirements for teaching majors and teaching minors, see Educator Preparation Program Requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.
A teaching minor is not required for licensure. However, it is strongly recommended.
requirement 2 Complete 1 option
requirement 4 Complete 9.0 hours from the following option(s)
Physics electives: Complete an additional 9 hours from the following (any physics course already taken will not double count).
option 4.1 Complete up to 3.0 hours from the following course(s)
Complete UP TO 3.0 hours from the following. Courses from requirement 3 can't be double counted as electives.
option 4.2 Complete up to 9.0 hours from the following course(s)
Complete AT LEAST 6 hours from 300-, 400-, or 500-level physics courses, not including 310 or 311 or 399R (Phscs 321, 461, and 471 are highly recommended).
requirement 5 Complete 2 options
Professional Education Component:
Licensure requirements: Contact the Education Advisement Center, 350 MCKB, 801-422-3426, to schedule the final interview to clear your application for the secondary teaching license. You should be registered for your last semester at BYU prior to the scheduled appointment.
Note: FBI fingerprint and background clearance must be completed prior to enrollment in Phy S 276.
option 5.2 Complete 12.0 hours from the following course(s)
Student teachers/interns must complete three forms in their Educator accounts (PIBS, CDS, FED) and attach their TWS to the Educator account for their program. All four must be completed to be cleared for graduation.
Program Outcomes: 

Teaching Physical Science and Problem Solving

Able to teach concepts and problem solving at the high school and advanced placement level in astronomy, classical mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, optics, quantum mechanics and special relativity.

Classroom Management and Lab Design

Manage high school classroom in teaching setting. Direct high school student labs, and build simple lab equipment and demonstrations.

Physics Theory and Application

Apply principles at an introductory college level from the primary physical theories (classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, special relativity, thermodynamics, electromagnetism and optics) to solve representative problems.

Instruction Design

Students will be able to design, develop and administer inquiry-based science units.

Addressing Student Diversity

Able to adapt teaching to adolescents and students with different cultural backgrounds.

Guiding Principles

Understand and apply the BYU's McKay School of Education Guiding Principles.