Physics, Secondary Education Concentration, BS Requirements:
  • Physics, Secondary Education Concentration, BS degree requires 142-143 credit hours.
  • 39 credit hours must be taken at 300 level or higher (39 credits includes courses taken at the 300+ level in major, minor (if chosen), Pre professional area and electives).
  • 12 credit hours of 300 level and above must be taken in the major--or 6 credit hours in the major and 6 credit hours in the minor (if chosen).
  • 12 of the last 18 credit hours must be taken at UAH, with an overall 25% of coursework taken at UAH.
  • Unless otherwise noted a C- or better is required for all College of Science prerequisite courses.
  • No more than 64 credit hours from a two-year college can be applied toward a UAH degree. 
  • For graduation application instructions, see here.

This concentration leads to a B.S. degree with a major in Physics, and meets the requirements for an Alabama Class B Middle/Junior High School Teacher's Certificate or an Alabama Class B High School Teacher's Certificate.  

Freshmen Composition6
FRESHMAN COMPOSITION
FRESHMAN COMPOSITION
Humanities and Fine Arts12
Fine Arts: Choose one3
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
THEATRE APPRECIATION
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
Literature: Choose one3
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I
MYTHOLOGY
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE 2
Speech3
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
Humanities, 2nd Fine art or 2nd Literature: Choose one 13
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
INTRO TO ETHICS
TECH, SCIENCE & HUMAN VALUES
INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
Any WLC course 100 or 200 level 4
INTRO WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES
2nd Literature 1
2nd Fine Art
Mathematics and Science12
Mathematics 24
CALCULUS A
Natural Science sequence8
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
History and Social Behavioral Sciences12
History: Choose one 13
WORLD HISTORY TO 1500
WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500
UNITED STATES TO 1877
UNITED STATES SINCE 1877
Social and Behavioral Sciences, required for Education program:6
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I
LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT
2nd History or 3rd Social and Behavioral Science: Choose one 33
2nd History 1
3rd Social and Behavioral Science 3
Pre Professional23-24
Computer Science3
INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING
Technical Writing3
TECHNICAL WRITING
Addtional Science or Engineering course: Choose one3-4
EXPLORING THE COSMOS I
and ASTRONOMY LABORATORY
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
and LABORATORY
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
COMPUTER SCIENCE I
ENVIR EARTH SCI FND & APPLICA
and LABORATORY
CLIMATE AND GLOBAL CHANGE
and CLIMATE & GLOBAL CHG LAB
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA
PRECALCULUS TRIGONOMETRY
ELEMENTS OF STATISTICAL ANALYS
Additional Required Mathematics14
CALCULUS B
CALCULUS C
APPL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
INTRO TO LINEAR ALGEBRA
Physics Core28
FRONTIERS IN SCIENCE
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC III
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB III
SPECIAL RELATIVITY
INTERMEDIATE MECHANICS
MATH METHODS IN PHYSICS
INTRODUCTION TO MODERN PHYSICS
PHYSICS PRACTICUM
Physics Elective Courses8
PH/OPT/AST 300+ level or higher course
PH/OPT/AST 300+ level or higher course
PH/OPT/AST 300+ level or higher course
Secondary Education Concentration Requirements40
INTRO TO EDUCATION PRACTICUM
MULTICULTURAL FND EDUCATION
EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
TCHG THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD
INSTR STRATEGIES INCLUSIVE CLR
FOUNDATIONS EDUC EVALUAT
TCHG SC MID & SEC SCHOOLS
TECHNOLOGY IN CLASSROOM
TCHG READING/CONTENT AREA
CLASSROOM & BEHAVIOR MGMT
HIGH SCHOOL INTERNSHIP
Total Semester Hours142-143
1
Students must take one literature and one history course. Students must also take either a second literature or history course to complete a sequence. (EH 207 + EH 208, EH 209 + EH 210, EH 242 + EH 208, EH 242 + EH 210, HY 103 + HY 104, or HY 221 + HY 222)
2

Based on Math placement, prerequisite MA 112 and/or MA 113 Mathematics courses may be required.

3

No more than 6 credit hours can be taken in a single discipline.

4

 For choices see the World Languages and Cultures department.

Sample four year plan for Physics, Secondary Education Concentration, BS degree:

Note: This is only an example and variations are possible.

Year 1
FallSemester Hours
EH 101FRESHMAN COMPOSITION 3
MA 171CALCULUS A 4
PH 110FRONTIERS IN SCIENCE 3
CH 121
CH 125
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
4
FYE 101CHARGER SUCCESS 1
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Spring
EH 102FRESHMAN COMPOSITION 3
MA 172CALCULUS B 4
PH 111
PH 114
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
4
CH 123
CH 126
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
4
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Year 2
Fall
PH 112
PH 115
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
4
MA 201CALCULUS C 4
CS 102INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING 3
Fine art  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 14
Spring
PH 113
PH 116
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC III
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB III
4
PH 251SPECIAL RELATIVITY 1
PH 305MATH METHODS IN PHYSICS 3
MA 238APPL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS 3
Literature  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 14
Year 3
Fall
PH 351INTRODUCTION TO MODERN PHYSICS 3
MA 244INTRO TO LINEAR ALGEBRA 3
Additional Science or Engineering course  3-4
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
PY 101GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I 3
Required for Education concentration
  
Humanities, 2nd Fine art or 2nd Literature  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 15-16
Spring
PH 301INTERMEDIATE MECHANICS 3
PH/OPT/AST 300+ level or higher course  3
PY 201LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT 3
Required for education concentration
  
CM 113Intro to Rhetorical Communication 3
History  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Year 4
Fall
PH 499PHYSICS PRACTICUM 3
EH 301TECHNICAL WRITING 3
PH/OPT/AST 300+ level or higher course  3
PH/OPT/AST 300+ level or higher course  2
History  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 14
Spring
ED 301INTRO TO EDUCATION PRACTICUM 1
ED 307MULTICULTURAL FND EDUCATION 3
ED 308EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 3
EDC 301TCHG THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD 3
EDC 311INSTR STRATEGIES INCLUSIVE CLR 3
 Term Semester Hours: 13
Fifth Year
Fall
ED 309CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR MGMT 3
ED 350TECHNOLOGY IN CLASSROOM 3
ED 408TCHG READING/CONTENT AREA 3
ED 410FOUNDATIONS EDUC EVALUAT 3
ED 423TCHG SC MID SEC SCHOOLS 3
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Spring
ED 497HIGH SCHOOL INTERNSHIP 12
 Term Semester Hours: 12
 Total Semester Hours: 142-143