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.
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.
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:
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:
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.