B.S.Ed. in Physics

College of the Sciences and Mathematics
General Education Requirements
English Composition requirements6
Mathematics requirement3
Public Speaking requirement3
Science requirements6
Behavioral & Social Science requirements6
Humanities requirements6
Arts requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Student Electives9
Writing Emphasis requirements 9
Major Requirements
PHY 170Physics I4
PHY 180Physics II4
PHY 240Introduction to Modern Physics3
PHY 300Mechanics3
PHY 310Intermediate Physics Lab I2
PHY 320Intermediate Physics Lab II2
PHY 330Electronics I3
PHY 410Optics3
or PHY 430 Electricity and Magnetism
Related/Cognate Requirements
MAT 161Calculus I 14
MAT 162Calculus II4
MAT 261Calculus III4
MAT 343Differential Equations3
or PHY 370 Mathematical Physics
CHE 103General Chemistry I 13
CHE 104General Chemistry II3
CRL 103Experimental General Chemistry I (LAB)1
CRL 104Experimental General Chemistry II (LAB)1
CSC 141Computer Science I3
PHY 105Structure of the Universe3
or ESS 111 Other Worlds, Other Stars
Select one elective in biology 13
Professional Certification Requirements
EDP 250Educational Psychology3
EDF 300Democracy and Education 13
EDA 103Foundations of Special Education3
EDA 304Special Ed Processes/Procedures for Secondary Educators3
EDR 347Literacy Development and Secondary Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Classrooms3
LAN/ENG 382Teaching English Language Learners PK-12 13
EDS 306Teaching Principles and Field Experience in Secondary Schools3
SCE/SCB 350Science Education in the Secondary School3
EDS 411Student Teaching Sec - 1st Half6
EDS 412Student Teaching Sec - 2nd Half6
Total Minimum Credits Required125
1

These courses meet a general education requirement.

Students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or greater in their physics courses. Transfer students must take nine or more physics credits at West Chester at the 250 level and above for graduation. See the Educator Preparation Programs section of this catalog for an explanation of related requirements.

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via myWCU regularly. For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.

The following is a suggested course sequence for this program; courses offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Year One
Semester OneCredits
MAT 1611Calculus I4
CSC 141Computer Science I3
WRT 1201Effective Writing I3
SPK 208 or 2301Public Speaking3
ANT, PSY, SOC, ECO, GEO, PSC - Behavioral & Social Sciences Course13
 Credits16
Semester Two
MAT 162Calculus II4
PHY 170Physics I4
WRT 2001Critical Writing and Research3
LIT or CLS - Humanities Course23
Arts Course13
 Credits17
Year Two
Semester Three
MAT 261Calculus III4
PHY 180Physics II4
CHE 1031General Chemistry I3
CRL 1031Experimental General Chemistry I (LAB)1
PHY 105Structure of the Universe3
EDP 2502Educational Psychology3
 Credits18
Semester Four
MAT 343 or PHY 370Differential Equations3
PHY 240Introduction to Modern Physics3
CHE 104General Chemistry II3
CRL 104Experimental General Chemistry II (LAB)1
EDA 1033Foundations of Special Education3
EDF 3004Democracy and Education3
Submit application for Formal Admission to Teachers Education (FATE) at the end of Semester 4 
 Credits16
Year Three
Semester Five
PHY 300Mechanics3
PHY 310Intermediate Physics Lab I2
EDA 3045Special Ed Processes/Procedures for Secondary Educators3
EDR 347Literacy Development and Secondary Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Classrooms3
Free Electives16
 Credits17
Semester Six
PHY 320Intermediate Physics Lab II2
LAN 3826Teaching English Language Learners PK-123
EDS 3067Teaching Principles and Field Experience in Secondary Schools3
HIS or PHI - Humanities Elective13
BIO - Biology Elective13
Free Elective13
 Credits17
Year Four
Semester Seven
PHY 330Electronics I3
PHY 410Optics3
SCB 350 or SCE 3507Science Education in Secondary School3
ANT, PSY, SOC, ECO, GEO, PSC - Behavioral & Social Sciences Elective13
Free Elective13
 Credits15
Semester Eight
EDS 411Student Teaching Sec - 1st Half6
EDS 412Student Teaching Sec - 2nd Half6
Elective3
 Credits15
1

Course fulfills the University's General Education requirement. For a list of approved General Education courses, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

2

Includes 20 hours of Stage 1 field experience (requires clearances).

3

Includes field experience (requires clearances).

4

Course fulfills the University's General Education Interdisciplinary course requirement. For a list of approved General Education courses, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

5

Includes 20 hours of Stage 2 field experience (requires clearances).

6

Course fulfills the University's General Education Diverse Communities course requirement. For a list of approved General Education courses, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

7

 Includes Stage 3 field experience (requires clearances).

Upper level courses (numbered 300 or above) must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Students must pass the PAPA Reading, Writing and Mathematics exams prior to admission to Student Teaching. Students must pass the PRAXIS II Physics exam (#10265) before graduation from B.S.Ed. Physics program. When registering for any PAPA or PRAXIS test, students should include #2659 (the Certification Office WCU) as a score recipient.

Requirements for Formal Admission to Teachers Education (FATE)

  • Earned a minimum of 48 credits in courses numbered 100 level or higher
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8
  • Earned passing scores on the PAPA test modules in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics
  • Earned 3 credits in college-level English composition (WRT 120)
  • Earned 3 credits in college-level English literature (LIT or CLS), defined to be any course in which English is the native language of the authors of the texts required for the course
  • Earned 6 credits in college-level Mathematics (MAT 161 and MAT 162)
  • Received Departmental approval (indicated by the signature of the B.S.Ed. Program Coordinator on the FATE application form)

A 2.8 GPA must be maintained to retain Formal Admission status. A 3.0 GPA is required for Teacher Certification.

Courses with Field Experience requires clearances. Consult the College of Education and Social Work information page regarding clearances for more information.