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Physics Minor (Teaching), B.S. in Ed., Standard Secondary Certificate

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

Several MTH courses are required as prerequisites for the physics courses listed below. Prospective majors are urged to begin their study of mathematics in the fall of the freshman year with MTH 132 (or MTH 130, if necessary), and to consult with a departmental advisor as soon as possible for help in scheduling additional MTH courses.

No more than 5 semester hours of credit taken on a credit/no credit basis may be counted toward the physics major or minor. Since the department permits credit/no credit registration only for beginning physics courses, the restriction refers specifically to PHY 145QR and 175.

Although not recommended, the following course substitutions can be allowed for a student who successfully completes PHY 247: 

  • PHY 130QR in place of 145QR, 
  • 131 for 146, 
  • 170 for 175, 
  • 171 for 176.

Transfer students from two-year colleges can complete a major in physics in two additional years if they have satisfactorily completed a one-year course in calculus and a one year course in general physics (preferably utilizing calculus). Transfer students should consult the chairperson of this department at their earliest opportunity, and in any case, prior to initial registration.

Physics Teaching Majors and Minors

  • A minimum 2.7 GPA (B-) must be earned in all teaching majors and minors.
  • CHM 131 and 132 are prerequisites for one of the required courses for teaching majors and minors. Students should plan to take these courses early in their careers.
  • For students seeking the department’s recommendation for student teaching in physics, the following requirements must be met:
  1. At least 20 hours of physics (including PHY 505) must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.7.
  2. At least 6 hours of physics (excluding PHY 505) must be completed at CMU.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (26 hours)

PHS 563Physical Science Practicum


PHY 145QRUniversity Physics I


PHY 146University Physics II


PHY 175University Physics Laboratory I


PHY 176University Physics Laboratory II


PHY 247QRIntroduction to Modern Physics


PHY 252Modern Concepts in Nuclear and Particle Physics


PHY 277University Physics Laboratory III


PHY 322Intermediate Mechanics


PHY 332Electricity and Magnetism


PHY 505/CHM 505Teaching Chemistry and Physics in the Secondary School


Cognate Courses (0-20 hours)

Group 1 - Mathematics Prerequisites

MTH 132Calculus I


MTH 133Calculus II


MTH 233Calculus III


MTH 334Differential Equations


Note: MTH 223 is a prerequisite for both MTH 233 and MTH 334.

Group II - Chemistry Prerequisites

Select one of:

CHM 132General Chemistry II


CHM 161Principles of Chemistry


Total: 26-46 semester hours