Dec 08, 2019  
2019-2020 University Catalog 
2019-2020 University Catalog

Science Education - Physics Concentration, BS

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About the Program

A College of Science degree in Science Education prepares future science teachers for certification at the middle and high school level. Students customize their focus by selecting a major area of study in biology, chemistry, physics, or earth and space science within an interdisciplinary science framework. The Science Education degree ensures students are thoroughly educated in their content discipline and modern theories of learning and education. Graduates are in high demand as STEM education and careers continue to grow in demand.

Degree Requirements

127 Credits Required

Curriculum and Degree Requirements for College of Science

A College of Science degree is conferred when a student successfully completes all requirements in their degree program.  Students will complete coursework or approved experiential learning activities to meet the following three degree components:

  1. Major
  2. Science Core Curriculum
  3. Electives

Students may use any of the following options to meet College of Science degree requirements:

  • Purdue Coursework
  • Ap, IB, and CLEP credit.  The use of AP and IB coursework varies between College of Science degree plans.
  • Transfer Credit. Students should consult the Admissions Transfer Credit Resource page for all available transfer options.

College of Science degree programs vary widely in their approval and use of the proceeding options and thus students are strongly encouraged to work closely with their academic advisors and to regularly consult their MyPurduePlan to view the use of each option in their degree plan. 

Most College of Science degree programs contain elective credits students may use to pursue courses that relate to their interests or which support their major area of study. The elective area of a degree plan may also be used to complete minors, second majors and certificates such as the Entrepreneurial Certificate. With the exception of courses on the No Count List, any Purdue course may be used to meet the elective area of a student’s degree plan.

College of Science Core Requirements

All Students starting Purdue University Fall semester, 2007 or later are required to pursue the 2007 Science Core curriculum.

The College of Science Core Curriculum requires the completion of approved coursework and/or experiential learning opportunities in the following academic areas:

Earning Core Curricular Requirements through Experience

Students may meet selected core curriculum requirements through approved experiential learning opportunities. Interested students should contact their academic advisor for more information on this option and incorporating experiential learning into their four-year program of study. For more information on earning requirements through experience, please click here.

Departmental/Program Major Courses

Required Science Education Core Courses (25-30 credits)

Required Chemistry Selective Courses (4-5 credits)

Chemistry courses: (satisfies Science for core)

Required Physics Selective Courses (8 credits)

Physic Course: (satisfies Science for core)

Required Statistics Selective Courses (3 credits)

Physics Concentration (30-31 credits)

Overall GPA for Physics Concentration courses with the Departmental/Program Major Courses must be ≥ 2.5

PHYS Major Selectives (12-13 credits)

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (30-36 credits)

*Requirement may be met with a zero credit experiential learning option. See your advisor for more information

  • ENGL 10600 - First-Year Composition (satisfies Written Communication and Information Literacy for core) or
  • SCLA 10100 - Transformative Texts, Critical Thinking And Communication I: Antiquity To Modernity (satisfies Information Literacy for core) or
  • ENGL 10800 - Accelerated First-Year Composition (satisfies Written Communication and Information Literacy for core)

  • MA 26100 - Multivariate Calculus (satisfies Quantitative Reasoning Selective for core) or
  • MA 27101 - Honors Multivariate Calculus (satisfies Quantitative Reasoning Selective for core)

  • Language I Option* (Select courses COULD satisfy Human Cultures Humanities for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Language II Option* (Select courses COULD satisfy Human Cultures Humanities for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Technical Writing Option and Technical Presenting Option (Select courses COULD satisfy Oral Communication for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 6.00
  • General Education I Option (Select courses COULD satisfy Human Culture Behavioral/Social Science or Humanities for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education II Option (Select courses COULD satisfy Human Culture Behavioral/Social Science or Humanities for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Great Issues Option - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Multidisciplinary Requirement - Credit Hours: 1.00 - 4.00

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Program Requirements

16-17 Credits

16-17 Credits

15-16 Credits

18 Credits

18 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

16 Credits

Fall 4th Year

15-16 Credits

15 Credits


Note:  This degree is intended to give students many options. Students need to consult with a College of Science Academic Advisor regarding requirements.

2.5 average in Physics concentration courses required to graduate

3.0 average in Professional Education courses  (No grade below a C-)

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program. 

For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

The myPurduePlan powered by DegreeWorks is the knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.

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