The Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences has prepared a typical sequence of courses that illustrates how a student in the physics secondary education concentration may complete the Towson UTeach requirements and the University Core Curriculum Requirements for graduation in four years. Each student's actual schedule may be somewhat different depending on the student's individual situation. Note that the actual sequence of courses is mainly constrained by the course prerequisites.
Freshman Year
Fall Term
Spring Term
Course
Units
Course
Units
SEMS110 Introduction to STEM Teaching I: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching
1
SEMS 120 Introduction to STEM Teaching II: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design
1
MATH 273 Calculus I
4
PHYS 241 General Physics I or PHYS 251 Honors General Physics
(Core Curriculum 8)
4
CHEM 131 General Chemistry I and
CHEM 131L General Chemistry I Lab
(Core Curriculum 7)
3
1
MATH 274 Calculus II
(Core Curriculum 3)
4
PHYS 185 Introductory Honors Seminar
1
TSEM 102 (Core Curriculum 1)
3
ENGL 102 (Core Curriculum 2)
3
Core Curriculum
3
Core Curriculum
3
Total
16
Total
15
Sophomore Year
Fall Term
Spring Term
Course
Units
Course
Units
SEMS 230 Knowing and Learning
3
SEMS 240 Classroom Interactions
3
PHYS 242 General Physics II or
PHYS 252 Honors General Physics II
4
PHYS 243 General Physics III
4
ASTR 161 General Astronomy
4
PHYS 307 Introduction to Mathematical Physics
3
Core Curriculum
3
PHYS 270 Computers in Physics
4
Core Curriculum
3
Core Curriculum
3
Total
17
Total
17
Junior Year
Fall Term
Spring Term
Course
Units
Course
Units
SEMS 250 Perspectives on Science and Mathematics (Core Curriculum 5)
3
SEMS 370 Project-Based Instruction
3
SCED 460 Using Reading & Writing
in the Secondary Schools
4
SCED 461 Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Areas
3
PHYS 311 Modern Physics
3
PHYS 354 Electricity and Magnetism
4
PHYS 341 Intermediate Physics Laboratory
3
PHYS 385 Physics Seminar
1
BIOL 201 Biology I
4
Core Curriculum
3
Core Curriculum
3
Total
17
Total
17
Senior Year
Fall Term
Spring Term
Course
Units
Course
Units
SEMS 360 Research Methods
(Core Curriculum 9)
3
SCIE 393 Student Teaching in Secondary Education – Science
12
SEMS 498 Internship in Mathematics and Science Secondary Education
3
SCIE 380 Teaching Science in the Secondary School
3
PHYS 351 Mechanics I
4
SCIE 430 Seminar in Student Teaching – Science
1
Upper Level Physics Elective
3 – 4
Total
16 – 17
Total
13
In this concentration, the total number of units required for graduation is 128 to 129.
Notes:
The prerequisite for MATH 273 is MATH 119.
Students who need to start with MATH 119 are advised to either
Take MATH 119 during the summer before entering Towson University or
Take MATH 119 in the fall term of the freshman year. These students will need to postpone the calculus sequence and MATH 265 for one term. They should be able to make up for this delay by either:
taking a mathematics course in the summer session during the first two years, or
inserting an additional mathematics course during the junior or senior year.
Recommendations of education courses that could be used to satisfy core curriculum categories:
EDUC 202 - Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on America’s Urban Schools (Core Curriculum category 10)
EDUC 203 – Teaching and Learning in a Diverse Society (Core Curriculum category 13)