Major in Physics - Teacher Education Track

Requirements for Physics I-MAT Program
(Integrated Masters of Arts in Teaching)

The Physics I-MAT Program integrates a Masters of Arts in Teaching with the BS in Physics degree.

Students accepted into the I-MAT program begin taking graduate level classes in education starting their junior year (students should apply to the program before then). With just one extra year (5 yrs total), students are able to graduate with both a BS in Physics as well as the MAT degree. The I-MAT program is thus a streamlined approach to obtaining a MAT degree. The accelerated program was created to help attract students into the teaching profession. 

Major in Physics/Mathematics with Certification in Secondary Education

In order to earn a major in physics/mathematics and become certified in secondary education, you must take at least 29 semester hours in physics and 33 semester hours in mathematics.

Physics Requirements:

The 29 hours in physics must include the introductory physics sequence PHYS 2211 and 2212, PHYS 3250 (Theoretical Mechanics), and PHYS 4511 (Modern Physics). The student is also required to take either PHYS 3011 (Electronics I) or PHYS 3040 (Optics). The remaining hours can be chosen from the physics curriculum below:

  • PHYS 3011 (Electronics I)
  • PHYS 3012 (Electronics II)
  • PHYS 3040 (Optics)
  • PHYS 3260 (Computational Physics)
  • PHYS 4051 (Electromagnetic Theory I)
  • PHYS 4052 (Electromagnetic Theory II)
  • PHYS 4310 (Thermal Physics)
  • PHYS 4530 (Mathematical Methods of Physics)
  • PHYS 4512 (Quantum Physics)

Mathematics Requirements:

The 33 hours in mathematics must include MATH 2011, 2012 and 2013 (Calculus I, II, and III). You are also required to take the following mathematics courses:

  • MATH 3020 (Differential Equations)
  • MATH 3030 (Symbolic Logic and Set Theory)
  • MATH 3280 (Linear Algebra)
  • MATH 4211 (Modern Abstract Algebra I)
  • MATH 4251 (Probability and Statistics I)
  • MATH 4310 (Modern Geometry)
  • MATH 4410 (History of Mathematics)

In addition, you must take CHEM 1211 and 1212 along with a number of educational and secondary teacher certification courses. We also require the computer programming course CSCI 1301. You must also meet all University Core Curriculum and graduation requirements as outlined in the university catalog. To ensure you are making regular communication with your academic advisor is necessary to ensure satisfactory completion of your degree requirements and to guarantee that you are progressing along the lines dictated by your future interests in physics.