Jun 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics-Teacher Education Program (Grades 9-12), B.A.

Major Requirements

Credit Hours: 42+

In addition to completing the requirements for this major, students must also complete the degree requirements specified in the Academic Regulations  section of this catalog.

Courses within this major may also satisfy general education requirements. Please consult the Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Requirements  for more information.

Physics Teacher Education Program (Grades 9-12)

Students interested in teacher licensure in physics must complete both the physics major and the Secondary Education Cognate, B.S.  major requirements. See the Schoolf Education section of this catalog for a listing of the required secondary education cognate major courses. Students should apply for acceptance to this program no later than the second semester of their sophomore year. Requirements for this include admission to and successful completion of the approved teacher education program. Students must successfully complete all requirements for licensure in secondary education.

When declaring teacher licensure in Physics through the Program of Study Management System (POSM), students must first select “Declare or Add a Major” and then “Secondary Education Cognate” from the major list. Once this selection is made, a second menu box will appear with a list of the associated majors. Select the physics major and follow the on-screen instructions.


  • You should apply for admission (this is NOT declaring your major) to the Teacher Education Program the semester you are enrolled in EDFS 201 Foundations of Education (3) . Requirements for admission:
    • Minimum overall GPA of 2.750 and 60 earned credit hours.
    • Passing score on the 3 components of the PRAXIS 1: Pre-Professional Skills Test (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) as designated by the South Carolina Department of Education OR qualifying SAT or ACT scores.
    • Completing the application process during EDFS 201 .
    • If a student has transfer credit for a course that is equivalent to EDFS 201 , they must meet with the Teacher Education department chair and complete 1 hour of work.
    • A grade of C or better in EDFS 201 Foundations of Education (3) 
  • Your admission process must be completed before taking EDFS 460 .
  • You must complete a major in the content area and the cognate major (see Secondary Education Cognate, B.S. ) to be forwarded to the State Department of Education for certification.
  • 2.500 major GPA
  • Minimum education GPA of 3.000.


Complete one of the following options:

Option 1 (3 credit hours)


  • Credit may not be applied for both the Senior Seminar and the Bachelor’s Essay.


  • Honors students can take the alternative course of HONS 115  in lieu of MATH 120 .
  • Honors students can take the alternative course of HONS 215  in lieu of MATH 220 .


  • With department approval, completion with grades of at least “B” in PHYS 101 /PHYS 101L  and PHYS 102 /PHYS 102L , together with MATH 120  and MATH 220  may be substituted for PHYS 111 /PHYS 111L  and PHYS 112 /PHYS 112L .
  • Suggested programs of study leading to graduate school in physics, astronomy, astrophysics, meteorology and engineering are available from the department.
  • No more than 3 credit hours from PHYS 260 , PHYS 260L , and PHYS 460L  may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 10 credit hours from PHYS 298  may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 3 credit hours from PHYS 381 , PHYS 390 , and PHYS 399  may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 4 credit hours from PHYS 381  may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 6 credit hours from PHYS 390  may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 12 credit hours from PHYS 399  may be applied towards the program requirements.


Coursework Meeting Major Requirements Excluded from the Major GPA Calculation

The following courses are excluded: BIOL 101 BIOL 101L BIOL 111 , BIOL 111L , HONS 115 HONS 151 , HONS 151L , HONS 215 , MATH 120 , MATH 220 , MATH 221