Physics Education

The physics teaching minor satisfies state secondary teaching endorsement requirements in physics. Students must also complete the requirements of the secondary education program. See the education department listing for requirements.

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Minor requirements

Physics electives: 8 credits *
PHY 160SN - Astronomy
Introduction to the science of astronomy. The basic tools and concepts inastronomy and the underlying physics are discussed. Topics will include theinvestigational methods in astronomy and the underlying physics arediscussed. Topics will include investigational methods in astronomy and anemphasis on our Solar System. Additional topics may include stars, galaxies,and cosmology. Students are expected to be able to articulate a Christianperspective of our place in the universe. Prerequisite: C- or higher in either MAT109QR or MAT127, or ACT math scoreof 22 (SAT550 or above) or permission of instructor. (4 credits) (NWCore option under Science and the Natural World)Note: There is a laboratory/observation component to this course.
PHY 211SN - Classical Physics I
(4 credits)(NWCore option under Science and the Natural World) Though allstudents are welcome in this calculus-based, IGE physics course, this is thefirst of a two course sequence designed for math, science, and engineeringmajors and others who have taken or are taking calculus and intend to applyto medical or graduate school. This course includes the following topics:kinematics, Newtonian mechanics, energy, momentum, gravity, oscillations,and thermodynamics. Prerequisite: C- or higher in MAT 112, or consent of the department chair.
PHY 212 - Classical Physics II
A continuation of Classical Physics I. Topics will include simple harmonic oscillation, mechanical and electromagnetic waves, and electromagnetism.Prerequisite: successful completion of PHY211 with a grade of C- or better.(4 credits)
PHY 370 - Modern Physics
For students seeking a minor in physics or those interested in obtaining a physics teaching endorsement. Topics will include special relativity, quantized energy and momentum, Schrodinger's Equation, nuclear and particle physics, and cosmology.Prerequisites: successful completion of PHY212 with a grade of C- or higher, or permission of instructor.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)

Total credits required: 24


* Elective courses at 200-level (and above).