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Engineering Physics Secondary Education

Department: Physics

This POE applies to students entering Fall 2010

This POE accurately reflects the requirements for a full Engineering Physics degree and also fulfills the requirements of the PA Department of Education for Secondary Certification in Physics.
Required Physics Courses
Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
PC 189 Physics Seminar I
1
 
PC 202 Introductory Physics I
3
Co-req: MA 130 & PC 206
N
QM
PC 206 Physics Lab I
1
Co-req: PC 202 or PC 204
N
or
PC 204 University Physics
4
coreqs: MA 130 & PC 189
N
QM
PC 203 Introductory Physics II
3
MA 130 & PC 202; Co-req: PC 207
N
QM
PC 207 Physics Lab II
1
Co-req: PC 203 or PC 201
N
PC 209 Electronics
3
 
N
PC 209 is usually offered every other year. Careful planning will need to take place or a related course will need to be substituted under unusual circumstances.
PC 289 Physics Seminar II
1
PC 189
PC 300 Modern Physics Lab
3
MA 230 & PC 203, Co-req: MA 235
N
CW
PC 301 Theoretical Modern Physics
3
MA 230 & PC 203, Co-req: MA 235
N
PC 307 Adv. Physics Lab
4
PC 300
N
CW, QS
PC 320 Engineering Mechanics I: Statics
3
PC 202 or PC 204
N
PC 321 Engineering Mechanics II: Dynamics
3
PC 320
N
PC 389 Physics Seminar III*
1
PC 289
MA 130 Calculus I
4
 
N
QM
MA 230 Calculus II
4
MA 130
N
QM
MA 235 Calculus III
4
MA 230
N
QM
CH 114 Introduction to Physical Inorganic Chemistry I
4
 
N
QS
CH 115 Introduction to Physical Inorganic Chemistry
4
CH 114
N
QS
Elective physics/mathematics courses at least one of the following courses must be taken:
Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
PC 330 Nuclear Physics
3
PC 300
N
PC 340 Mathematical Methods in Physics
3
PC 203 & MA 230
N
PC 350 Thermodynamics
3
PC 300 & MA 235
N
PC 430 Optics
3
PC 300 or pC 301
N
PC 491 Electricity & Magnetism
4
PC 203: coreq. PC 340
N
MA 335 Differential Equations
4
MA 130 & MA 230 & MA 235 or MA 233
N
QM
Required education courses:
Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
ED 110 Foundations of Education
3
Coreq ED 111
 

S

ED 111* Foundations of Education Field Experience
1
Coreq ED 110
 

S

ED 130 Adolescent Development
3
 
S
ED 201 Education Technology
3
ED 110 & ED 111 and ED 120 & ED 121 or ED 130
S
ED 240 Introduction to Students with Exceptionalities
3
ED 110 & ED 111 and ED 120 & ED 121 or ED 130
S
ED 314 English Language Learners
1
ED 110 & ED 111 & ED 130
S
ED 315 English Language Learners Field Experience
1
ED 120 or ED 130 & ED 314
S
ED 341* Adaptations for Students with Exceptionalities
4
ED 110 & ED 111 & ED 240
S
CW
ED 402 Content Area Literacy
1
ED 240
S
 
ED 420* General Secondary Methods
3
ED 341, junior or senior standing, Coreq. ED 421
S
ED 421 Secondary Math/Science Methods
1
ED 341: coreq. ED 420
S
ED 450** Student Teaching
14
ED 420, senior standing & permission, coreq. ED 451
S
ED 451** Student Teaching Seminar
1
Coreq. ED 450
S

*There are field experiences in these courses. Students should take only one of these courses per semester. Allow a two-hour block of time for scheduled field experience twice a week.

**ED 450 & ED 451 (Student Teaching and Seminar) may be taken only in the FALL semester of the senior year. Secondary Foreign Language Education majors take ED 450 & ED 451 in the SPRING semester. ED 450 requires students' full-time participation and no other courses may be taken during this semester without the education advisor's approval.. Students must have reliable transportation.

NOTE: It is imperative that students work closely with their advisors to meet all current certification requirements. All students are required to take six credits of English composition (or equivalent) and literature (or the equivalent) and two college level mathematics courses (or the equivalent) prior to being admitted to a certification program. See Section I of the Education Department Student Handbook for explanation of all certification requirements.

Students must have an advisor who is a member of the Physics Department faculty and Dr. Kathleen Jones in the Education Department.

Total Physics credit hours: 52 (18 upper level)
Total Education credit hours: 39
(26 upper level)

Total POE credit hours: 91

Possible schedule for the POE (regular start)


Class
Fall Semester
Credits
Spring Semester
Credits
Freshman PC 189 1 PC 203 3
  PC 202 & PC 206
or PC 204
4 PC 207 1
  CWS 4 ED 110 & ED 111 4
  IA 1 ED 130 3
  MA 130 4    
    14   15
Sophomore PC 289 1 PC 209 3
  PC 300 5 ED 341 4
  MA 235 4 ED 314 1
  ED 240 3 F, I or H or CA or IC 3 or 4
  F, I or H or CA or IC 3 or 4 F, I or H or CA or IC 3 or 4
    16-17   14-16
Junior PC 389 1 PC 321 3
      ED 402 1
  PC 320 3 ED 420 3
  ED 201 3 ED 421 1
  CH 114 4 CH 115 4
  F, I or H or CA or IC 3 or 4 F, I or H or CA or IC 3 or 4
    14-15   14-15
Senior ED 450 14 PC 307 3
  ED 451 1 Upper Physics elective 3 or 4
  ED 315 1 F, I or H or CA or IC 3 or 4
      F, I or H or CA or IC 3 or 4
      F, I or H or CA or IC 3 or 4
    16   14-17

For a delayed start, the student will have to meet with Dr. Jones and the Physics advisor.


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