Program Requirements

The Physics program includes a two-semester introductory sequence in classical physics and three semesters of calculus. Students are also required to take a two-semester sequence of laboratory science electives outside physics. The science courses can be chosen from Biology, Chemistry, or Earth and Environmental Science.

The degree requirements need to meet Pennsylvania Department of Education standards and are subject to change. All students are strongly recommended to check with the TUteach advisor in the College of Science and Technology to affirm the requirements that pertain to their specific major.

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

  1. University Requirements (124 total s.h.)
    • Students must complete all University requirements including those listed below.
    • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major. The specific writing-intensive course options for this major are:
      EES 2096
      Climate Change: Oceans To Atmosphere
      EES 4696
      Vertebrate Paleontology and Taphonomy
      PHYS 2796
      Introduction to Modern Physics
      PHYS 4796
      Experimental Physics
      MGSE 3796
      Differentiated Literacy Instruction in the Disciplines (grades 7-12)
    • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
      • See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.
      • Students who complete TUteach majors receive a waiver for 1 Human Behavior (GB), 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.
    • Students must satisfy general Temple University residency requirements.
  2. College Requirements

    • 45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST), the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), or the College of Engineering (ENG).
    • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST), the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), or the College of Engineering (ENG).
    • All students in the College of Science and Technology are required to take a one credit first year seminar. SCTC 1001 CST First Year Seminar is the appropriate course option for every entering first year CST major. Transfer students should use SCTC 2001 CST Transfer Seminar to fulfill this requirement. Other courses that fulfill this requirement may be found on the CST College Requirements page.
  3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Science (90 s.h.)1
    At least 9 courses required for the major must be completed at Temple. At least 6 Physics courses and 3 Education courses must be completed at Temple. Though not required, students are strongly encouraged to increase training and field work experience by enrolling in SCTC 1385, SCTC 2385, or SCTC 2389. Students will also benefit from directed laboratory projects offered through SCTC 3185. These courses are offered every semester.

    Mathematics
    MATH 1041Calculus I4
    or MATH 1941 Honors Calculus I
    MATH 1042Calculus II4
    or MATH 1942 Honors Calculus II
    MATH 2043Calculus III4
    or MATH 2943 Honors Calculus III
    Physics
    PHYS 1008Physics Seminar I1
    PHYS 1061Elementary Classical Physics I4
    or PHYS 1961 Honors Elementary Classical Physics I
    or PHYS 2021 General Physics I
    or PHYS 2921 Honors General Physics I
    PHYS 1062Elementary Classical Physics II4
    or PHYS 1962 Honors Elementary Classical Physics II
    or PHYS 2022 General Physics II
    or PHYS 2922 Honors General Physics II
    PHYS 2101Classical Mechanics3
    PHYS 2502Mathematical Physics4
    PHYS 2796Introduction to Modern Physics4
    PHYS 3091Research Methods3
    PHYS 3301Electricity and Magnetism4
    PHYS 4796Experimental Physics3
    Physics Electives - Select three of the following:9
    PHYS 1004
    Introduction to Astronomy
    PHYS 2511
    PHYS 3511
    Scientific Computing I
    and Scientific Computing II
    PHYS 3101
    Analytical Mechanics
    PHYS 3302
    Classical Electromagnetism
    PHYS 3701
    Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I
    PHYS 4101
    Thermal Physics
    PHYS 4301
    Electronics
    PHYS 4302
    Optics
    PHYS 4701
    Introduction to Solid State Physics
    PHYS 4702
    Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II
    Sequenced Science courses 2
    Select one of the following sequences:8
    BIOL 1011
    BIOL 1012
    General Biology I
    and General Biology II
    BIOL 1111
    BIOL 2112
    Introduction to Organismal Biology
    and Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
    CHEM 1031
    CHEM 1033
    CHEM 1032
    CHEM 1034
    General Chemistry I
    and General Chemistry Laboratory I
    and General Chemistry II
    and General Chemistry Laboratory II
    EES 2001
    Physical Geology (and an Earth & Environmental Science 2002+ Elective)
    College of Science & Technology
    SCTC 1013Elements of Data Science for the Physical and Life Sciences3
    SCTC 1389Step 1 and 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design in Science and Mathematics Modified for English Learners2
    SCTC 3001History of Science3
    SCTC 3312Coding STEM Lessons 31
    Education
    EDUC 2179Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science3
    EDUC 4388TUteach Apprentice Teaching6
    EDUC 4802TUteach Apprentice Teaching Seminar1
    MGSE 2189Classroom Interactions (S)3
    or SCTC 3485 Science and Mathematics in the Classroom
    MGSE 3796Differentiated Literacy Instruction in the Disciplines (grades 7-12)3
    MGSE 4189Project-Based Instruction (F)3
    or SCTC 4485 Integrating STEM Practice in Diverse Teaching Environments
    SPED 2231Introduction to Special Education3
    Total Credit Hours90

Calculation of Major GPA

Courses listed under the major requirements for the degree will be included in the calculation of the major GPA. Courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or required course would not be counted in the calculation of the major GPA. This would include MATH 1022, for example. 

Distinction in Major

To graduate with a Distinction in Physics with Teaching, students must:

  • Achieve a 3.50 GPA or better for the aggregate of courses required for the major.

  • Achieve a 3.50 GPA or better in the content area courses required for the major.

  • Achieve a 3.90 GPA in the following courses:

    SCES 2189Classroom Interactions3
    or SCTC 3485 Science and Mathematics in the Classroom
    SCES 4189Project-Based Instruction3
    or SCTC 4485 Integrating STEM Practice in Diverse Teaching Environments
    EDUC 4802TUteach Apprentice Teaching Seminar1
    EDUC 4388TUteach Apprentice Teaching6
  • Write a final research paper in a topic combining both major content and pedagogy. They must present their research for evaluation and present at a departmental research poster session before graduation. Consult the undergraduate TUteach advisor for more details.