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Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences

Physics Secondary Education Program

The Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences offers a physics secondary education concentration that leads to a Bachelor of Science (or Arts) degree in physics. This program is designed for those students who plan to teach physics at the secondary level.

Students who decide not to complete all secondary education requirements must select and complete a different concentration/track in the major in order to graduate.

In addition to the core curriculum requirements and the requirements specified by the Department of Secondary Education, students must complete 34 units in physics courses and 2627 units in non-physics courses. For certification purposes (NSTA), this includes the course WRIT 312 History of Science. All courses required for the major must be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher.


Additional Physics Courses (4 units)
PHYS 342 Intermediate Physics Laboratory II 3
PHYS 385 Physics Seminar 1


Non-physics Requirements (26–27 units)
BIOL 201 Biology I 4
CHEM 131
General Chemistry I Lecture
General Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 132
General Chemistry II Lecture
General Chemistry II Lab
MATH 273-274 Calculus I, II 8
WRIT 312 History of Science 3
One of the following earth science courses:  
ASTR 161 General Astronomy I 4
GEOL 121 Physical Geology 4
GEOL 357 Physical Oceanography 3


Upon the completion of 45 units at Towson University, students are eligible to apply for admittance into the Secondary Education (SCED) track. Once admitted to the SCED program, students will be assigned an SCED adviser in addition to their physics faculty adviser.


Department of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences
Smith Hall, Room 445 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-3020
Fax: 410-704-3511






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