Physics Secondary Education Concentration

The Towson UTeach program offers a concentration in secondary education for physics majors training to be middle and high school science teachers.

Physics majors in the physics secondary education concentration are eligible, upon graduation, to apply for certification to teach physics (grades 7-12) in the state of Maryland and in states sharing reciprocity.  Students in this concentration should be prepared to do their student teaching experience in their senior year.

The physics secondary education concentration requires 128–129 units.  The 101–102 units in the major field, including those required for Towson UTeach, must all be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in the major field and an overall GPA of 2.50 are required for student teaching.

Required Content Courses (35 units)

Course Number Course Name
PHYS 185 Introductory Honors Seminar in Physics (1 unit)
PHYS 241 or PHYS 251 General Physics I or
Honors General Physics I (4 units)  [satisfies core curriculum 7]
PHYS 242 or
PHYS 252
General Physics II or
Honors General Physics II (4 units)  [satisfies core curriculum 8]
PHYS 243 General Physics III (4 units)
PHYS 270 Computers in Physics (4 units)
PHYS 307 Introduction to Mathematical Physics (3 units)
PHYS 311 Modern Physics (3 units)
PHYS 341 Intermediate Physics Laboratory (3 units)
PHYS 351 Mechanics I (4 units)
PHYS 354 Electricity and Magnetism I (4 units)
PHYS 385 Physics Seminar (1 units)

Upper Level Physics Elective (3-4 units)

One course from the following:

Course Number Course Name
PHYS 312 Modern Physics II (3 units
PHYS 335 Basic Electronics (4 units)
PHYS 337 Digital Electronics (4 units)
PHYS 342 Intermediate Physics Laboratory II (3 units)
PHYS 352 Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory  (3 units)
PHYS 361 Optics Fundamentals (4 units)
PHYS 455 Introductory Quantum Mechanics (3 units)
PHYS 457 Solid State Physics (3 units)
PHYS 459 Electricity and Magnetism I (4 units)
PHYS 495 Research Problems in Physics (3 units)

Non-physics Requirements (23 units)

Course Number Course Name
ASTR 161 General Astronomy I (4 units)
BIOL 201 Biology I (4 units)

CHEM 131 and CHEM 131L

General Chemistry I (3 units) and
General Chemistry I Laboratory (1 unit)
MATH 273 Calculus I (4 units)  [satisfies core curriculum 3]
MATH 274 Calculus II (4 units)
SCIE 380 Teaching Science in the Secondary School (3 units)

Required Towson UTeach Courses (40 units) 

Course Number Course Name
SEMS 110 Introduction to STEM Teaching I: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching (1 unit)
SEMS 120 Introduction to STEM Teaching II: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design (1 unit)
SEMS 130

Combination of Introduction to STEM Teaching I & II: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design (2 units) [not available to freshmen]

SEMS 230 Knowing and Learning (3 units)
SEMS 240 Classroom Interactions (3 units)
SEMS 250 Perspectives on Science and Math (3 units) [satisfies core curriculum 5]
SEMS 360 Research Methods (3 units) [satisfies core curriculum 9]
SEMS 370 Project-Based Instruction (3 units)
SEMS 498 Internship in Mathematics and Science Secondary Education (3 units)
SCIE 393 Student Teaching in Secondary Education – Science (12 units)
SCIE 430 Seminar in Student Teaching – Science (1 unit)
SCED 460 Using Reading & Writing in the Secondary Schools (4 units)
SCED 461 Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Areas (3 units)

Additional Required Courses to Satisfy the core curriculum (27 units)

Course Number Course Name
TSEM 102 Towson Seminar (3 units)   [satisfies core curriculum 1]
ENGL 102 Writing for a Liberal Education (3 units)   [satisfies core curriculum 2]
  Courses to satisfy core curriculum Categories: 4, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
[21 units]

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