B.S.Ed. in Physics

College of Education and Social Work
General Education Requirements
First Year Experience4
Academic Foundations
English Composition requirement6
Mathematics requirement3
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Distributive Requirements
Science requirement6
Behavioral & Social Science requirement6
Humanities requirement6
Arts requirement3
Additional Baccalaureate Requirements
Writing Emphasis requirement9
Speaking Emphasis requirement9
Ethics requirement3
Major Requirements
PHY 170Physics I4
PHY 180Physics II4
PHY 240Introduction to Modern Physics3
PHY 300Mechanics 13
PHY 310Intermediate Physics Lab I 13
PHY 320Intermediate Physics Lab II 13
PHY 330Electronics I 13
PHY 410Optics 13
or PHY 430 Electricity and Magnetism I
Related/Cognate Requirements 2
MAT 161Calculus I4
MAT 162Calculus II4
MAT 261Calculus III4
MAT 343Differential Equations3
or PHY 370 Mathematical Physics
CHE 103General Chemistry I3
CHE 104General Chemistry II3
CRL 103General Chemistry I Lab1
CRL 104General Chemistry II Lab1
CSC 141Computer Science I3
PHY 105Structure of the Universe3
or ESS 111 Other Worlds, Other Stars
Select one elective in biology3
Professional Certification Requirements 2
EDP 250Educational Psychology3
EDF 300Democracy and Education3
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-123
EDS 306Teaching Principles and Field Experience in Secondary Schools3
SCE/SCB 350Science Education in the Secondary School3
Capstone Requirement
EDS 411Student Teaching Sec - 1st Half 36
EDS 412Student Teaching Sec - 2nd Half 36
Total Minimum Credits Required127

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; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
MAT 161 Calculus I 4
CSC 141 Computer Science I 3
WRT 120 Effective Writing I 3
SPK 208
Public Speaking
or Business and Professional Speech Communication
ANT, PSY, SOC, ECO, GEO, PSC - Behavioral & Social Sciences Course 3
Semester Two
MAT 162 Calculus II 4
PHY 170 Physics I 4
WRT 200 Critical Writing and Research 3
LIT XXXHumanities Course 3
Arts Course 3
Year Two
Semester Three
MAT 261 Calculus III 4
PHY 180 Physics II 4
CHE 103 General Chemistry I 3
CRL 103 General Chemistry I Lab 1
PHY 105 Structure of the Universe 3
EDP 250 Educational Psychology 1 3
Semester Four
MAT 343
Differential Equations
or Mathematical Physics
PHY 240 Introduction to Modern Physics 3
CHE 104 General Chemistry II 3
CRL 104 General Chemistry II Lab 1
EDA 103 Foundations of Special Education 3
EDF 300 Democracy and Education 3
Submit application for Teacher Candidacy at the end of Semester 4.  
Year Three
Semester Five
PHY 300 Mechanics 3
PHY 310 Intermediate Physics Lab I 3
EDA 304 Special Ed Processes/Procedures for Secondary Educators 2 3
EDR 347 Literacy Development and Secondary Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Classrooms 3
Free Electives 6
Semester Six
PHY 320 Intermediate Physics Lab II 3
LAN 382 Teaching English Language Learners PK-12 3
EDS 306 Teaching Principles and Field Experience in Secondary Schools 3 3
HIS or PHI - Humanities Elective 3
BIO - Biology Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Year Four
Semester Seven
PHY 330 Electronics I 3
PHY 410 Optics 3
SCB 350
Science Education in Secondary School 3
or Science Education in the Secondary School
ANT, PSY, SOC, ECO, GEO, PSC - Behavioral & Social Sciences Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Semester Eight
EDS 411 Student Teaching Sec - 1st Half 6
EDS 412 Student Teaching Sec - 2nd Half 6
Elective 3
 Total Credits133

 Requirements for Teacher Candidacy

Check the College of Education and Social Work for current Teacher Candidacy requirements.