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Physics Education (BS)

Variable Credit Min


Variable Credit Max


Major Academic Plan


Teaching Physical Science and Problem Solving

Learning Outcome

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

Learning Outcome

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


Physics Theory and Application

Learning Outcome

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

Learning Outcome

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


Addressing Student Diversity

Learning Outcome

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


Guiding Principles

Learning Outcome

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

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 1 — Complete 10 Courses

Note: Phscs 191 should be taken the first semester.

course - Calculus 1 4.0

course - Calculus 2 4.0

course - Intro to Newtonian Mechanics 3.0

course - Intro to Waves, Optics, Thermo 3.0

course - Descriptive Astronomy 3.0

course - Intro Phscs Careers & Rsrch 1 0.5

course - Intro Electricity & Magnetism 3.0

course - Modern Physics 3.0

course - Intro to Experimental Physics 2.0

course - Dsgn, Fabricatn, Sci Apparatus 2.0

Requirement 2 — Complete 1 of 3 Options

Option 2.1 — Complete 2 Courses

course - Math for Engr 1 4.0

course - Math for Engineering 2 4.0

Option 2.2 — Complete 3 Courses

MATH 313 - Elementary Linear Algebra - This course is no longer available for registration and will count only if you completed it while it was offered. Please see your college advisement center for possible substitutions. 3.0

course - Calculus of Several Variables 3.0

course - Ordinary Differential Equation 3.0

Option 2.3 — Complete 4 Courses

course - Elementary Linear Algebra 2.0

course - Computational Linear Algebra 1.0

course - Calculus of Several Variables 3.0

course - Ordinary Differential Equation 3.0

Requirement 3 — Complete 1 of 2 Courses

course - Physics By Inquiry: Mechanics 3.0

course - Physics By Inquiry:Electricity 3.0

Requirement 4 — Complete 9 hours

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 hours

Complete UP TO 3.0 hours from the following. Courses from requirement 3 can't be double counted as electives.

course - History&Philosophy of Science - You may take once 3.0

course - Energy, Climate, Environment 3.0

course - Desc Acoustics of Music & Spch 3.0

course - Physics By Inquiry: Mechanics 3.0

course - Physics By Inquiry:Electricity 3.0

course - Special Topics in Physics - You may take once 0.5v

Option 4.2 — Complete up to 9 hours

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).

course - Job Search Strategies 1.0

course - Business Career Essentials 1.5

course - Special Topics in Physics - You may take once 0.5v

course - Intro Math Physics 3.0

course - Mechanics 3.0

course - Observational Astronomy 3.0

course - Computational Physics Lab 2 1.0

course - Statistical & Thermal Physics 3.0

course - Seminar in Current Physics - You may take once 1.0

course - Writing in Physics 3.0

course - Stellar Astrophysics 3.0

course - Galaxies and Cosmology 3.0

course - Computational Physics Lab 3 1.0

course - Electricity & Magnetism 3.0

course - Electrodynamics 3.0

course - Quantum Mechanics 3.0

course - Appl Quantum Mechanics 3.0

course - Introduction to Acoustics 3.0

course - Principles of Optics 3.0

course - Sec Minor Student Teaching - You may take once 4.0

course - Capstone in Applied Phscs - You may take once 0.5v

course - Research in Physics - You may take once 1.0v

course - Senior Thesis - You may take once 0.5v

course - Electr Eng Princpls & Practice 2.0

course - Acoustical Measurement Methods 3.0

course - Fundamentals of Acoustics 3.0

course - Lasers & Atoms 3.0

course - Solid State Physics 3.0

course - Nano and Surface Phscs 3.0

course - Thin-Film Physics 3.0

course - Trans Electron Microscopy 3.0

course - Semiconductor Devices Phscs 3.0

course - Scanning Electron Microscopy 3.0

course - Academic Internship - You may take once 0.5v

Requirement 5 — Complete 2 Requirements

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.

Requirement 5.1 — Complete 9 Courses

course - Educ Stdnts w/Disablts in ScEd 2.0

course - Integrating K-12 Ed Tec 1 1.0

course - Integrating K-12 Ed Tec 2 1.0

course - Tching K-12 Online/Blended Lrn 1.0

course - Exploration of Teaching 4.0

course - Teaching Methods & Instruction 3.0

course - Practicum in Secondary Educ 1.0

course - Multi Cult Ed for Sc Ed 3.0

course - Ad Dev & Class Mgmt 3.0

Note: FBI fingerprint and background clearance must be completed prior to enrollment in Phy S 276.

Requirement 5.2 — Complete 12 hours

course - Secondary Student Teaching 0.0v

course - Acad Intern: Secondary Ed 0.0v

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.