2017-18 Catalog

Publication date June 2017

Physics Education Major (Early Adolescence-Adolescence Certification) - Bachelor of Science (BS)

Admission requirements for STEP Program

(Teacher certification program: early-adolescence-adolescence)

38 credits (51 total credits including MTH)

PHY 103Fundamental Physics I4
or PHY 203 General Physics I
PHY 104Fundamental Physics II4
or PHY 204 General Physics II
PHY 250Modern Physics3
PHY 302Optics3
PHY 311Experimental Physics2
PHY 321Classical Mechanics3
PHY 334Electrical Circuits3
PHY 469Teaching and Learning Science in the Secondary School4
Select 12 additional credits from the following:12
Solar System Astronomy (up to 4 credits)
Stars, Galaxies and the Universe (up to 4 credits)
Physics and Astronomy Seminar (up to 2 credits)
Physics and Astronomy Research (up to 3 credits)
Courses numbered 300 and above 1
Prerequisites for PHY courses:
MTH 207Calculus I5
MTH 208Calculus II4
MTH 310Calculus III: Multivariable Calculus4
Total Credits51
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PHY 332 Electrodynamics (3 cr.) and PHY 453 Topics in Physics and Astronomy (1-3 cr.) are strongly recommended.

Teacher certification candidates must also complete GEO 200 Conservation of Global Environments (3 cr.) to fulfill statutory licensing requirements.

Additional teacher education requirements are listed in the STEP program core.

All teacher education students must complete the general education, School of Education, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
  5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.
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Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the assistant to the dean of their college for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Two samples plans are provided. These are merely samples and should be discussed with your adviser to determine the best route for you.

Sample Plan 1

Year 1
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHY 203 or 1034PHY 204 or 1044
PHY 4971PHY 4971
MTH 207 (Gen Ed Math)5MTH 208 (Gen Ed math)4
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3ENG 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3
Gen Ed Arts2-3EDS 203 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3
 15 15
Year 2
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHY 3023Apply for admission to the STEP Program by 4th Monday of the semester.1 
PHY/AST Elective (sugg 498 or 453)3-4PHY 2503
MTH 3104PHY 3112
GEO 200 (Gen Ed Global Studies)3EDS 3092
Gen Ed Arts2-3BIO 100 or 105 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4
EDS 206 (Gen Ed Minority Cultures)3PSY 2123
 18 14
Year 3
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHY/AST Elective (sugg PHY 356)2-4PHY 3343
PHY/AST Elective (sugg PHY 155)2-4PHY/AST Elective3
EDS 3192EDS 3514
Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3PSY 3703
Gen Ed Hum-Lit3University Elective2
 14 15
Year 4
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHY 4694Pre-requisite for student teaching includes GPA of 2.75 in each: combined cumulative, major, minor, and professional education sequence; and a passing score on the Praxis II content test.2 
PHY 3213EDS 49412
SPE 4013EDS 4921
HIS 101 or 102 (Gen Ed World Hist)3 
Gen Ed Elective3 
 16 13
Total Credits: 120

Sample Plan 2

Year 1
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHY 203 or 1034PHY 204 or 1044
PHY 4971PHY 4971
MTH 207 (Gen Ed Math)5MTH 208 (Gen Ed Math)4
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3ENG 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3
Gen Ed Arts2-3EDS 203 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3
 15 15
Year 2
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHY 3023Apply for admission to the STEP Program by 4th Monday of the semester.1 
MTH 3104PHY 2503
EDS 206 (Gen Ed Minority Cultures)3PHY 3112
PHY/AST Elective (sugg 498 or 453)3-4GEO 200 (Gen Ed Global Studies)3
 PHY/AST Elective3
 PSY 2123
 13 14
Year 3
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHY/AST Elective (sugg PHY 356)2-4PHY 3343
PHY/AST Elective (sugg PHY 155)2-4EDS 3192
BIO 100 or 105 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4HIS 101 or 102 (Gen Ed World Hist)3
Gen Ed Arts2-3Gen Ed Hum-Lit3
EDS 3092Gen Ed Elective3
 14 14
Year 4
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDS 3514PHY 4694
PHY 3213SPE 4013
PSY 3703University Elective3
Gen Ed Health & Wellness3University Elective3
 13 13
Additional year
FallCredits 
Pre-requisite for student teaching includes GPA of 2.75 in each: combined cumulative, major, minor, and professional education sequence; and a passing score on the Praxis II content test.2  
EDS 4943-15 
EDS 4921 
 13  
Total Credits: 124
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See the STEP admissions website for details.

2

See the Office of Field Experience for details about applying to student teaching.

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