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 and Supplemental Information
The full Program Requirements for 2016-17 Science Education - Physics include all Supplemental Information and selective lists of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. These are intended to be printer-friendly, but include less descriptive course detail.
Please see below for program requirements and the necessary degree fulfillments.
Curriculum and Degree Requirements
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:
- Science Core Curriculum
- Free 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 free 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 free 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 (24-30 Credits)
Required Chemistry Selective Courses (4-5 credits)
Required Computing Option (3-4 credits)
Required Calculus Selective Courses (6-10 credits)
- MA 16010 - Applied Calculus I (satisfies Quantitative Reasoning for core/satisfies BIED Concentration only)
- MA 16020 - Applied Calculus II (satisfies Quantitative Reasoning for core/satisfies BIED Concentration only)
- MA 16100 - Plane Analytic Geometry And Calculus I (satisfies Quantitative Reasoning for core and BIED, CHED, ESSE, PHED Concentration requirement) or
- MA 16500 - Analytic Geometry And Calculus I (satisfies Quantitative Reasoning for core and BIED, CHED, ESSE, PHED Concentration requirement) and
- MA 16200 - Plane Analytic Geometry And Calculus II (satisfies Quantitative Reasoning for core and BIED, CHED, ESSE, PHED Concentration requirement) or
- MA 16600 - Analytic Geometry And Calculus II (satisfies Quantitative Reasoning for core and BIED, CHED, ESSE, PHED Concentration requirement)
Required Physics Selective Courses (8 credits)
- PHYS 17200 - Modern Mechanics (satisfies Science Selective for core/BIED,CHED, ESSE, PHED Concentrations)
- PHYS 27200 - Electric And Magnetic Interactions (satisfies Science Selective for core//BIED,CHED, ESSE, PHED Concentrations) or
- PHYS 24100 - Electricity And Optics (satisfies Science Selective for core//BIED,CHED, ESSE, PHED Concentrations) and
- PHYS 25200 - Electricity And Optics Laboratory (satisfies Science Selective for core//BIED,CHED, ESSE, PHED Concentrations)
- PHYS 23300 - Physics For Life Sciences I (satisfies BIED Concentration)
- PHYS 23400 - Physics For Life Sciences II (satisfies BIED Concentration)
Required Statistics Selective Courses (3 credits)
Educational Program Course Requirements (36 credits)
Professional Education GPA Average ≥ 3.00 - no grade lower than C-
Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (30-36)
*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
- ENGL 10800 - Accelerated First-Year Composition (satisfies Written Communication and Information Literacy 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
- Science, Technology and Society requirement for UCC - Credit Hours: 1.00 - 3.00
- MA 26100 - Multivariate Calculus (satisfies Quantitative Reasoning Selective for University Core) or
- MA 27101 - Honors Multivariate Calculus
PHYS Major Selectives (12-13 credits)
Physics Concentration (30-31 credits)
Overall GPA for Physics Concentration courses with the Departmental/Program Major Courses must be ≥ 2.5
University Core Requirements
- Human Cultures Humanities
- Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
- Information Literacy
- Science #1
- Science #2
- Science, Technology & Society
- Written Communication
- Oral Communication
- Quantitative Reasoning
Note: This degree is intended to give students many options. Students need to consult with a College of Science Academic Advisor regarding requirements.
*Satisfies a University Core Requirement
127 semester credits required for Bachelor of Science degree.
2.0 average in PHYS/ ASTR courses required to graduate.
2.5 average in Physics Concentration ^ courses required to graduate
3.0 average in Professional Education courses required to graduate (No grade below a C-)
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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
The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.