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
PHY 105 Structure of the Universe 3
MAT 161 Calculus I 4
WRT 120 Effective Writing I 3
FYE 100XFirst Year Experience 4
Humanities or Ethics Gen Ed 3
Semester Two
PHY 170 Physics I 4
MAT 162 Calculus II 4
WRT 200 Critical Writing and Research 3
LIT 165 Topics in Literature 3
Arts Gen Ed 3
Year Two
Semester Three
PHY 180 Physics II 4
MAT 261 Calculus III 4
MAT 311 Linear Algebra 3
EDP 250 Educational Psychology 1 3
Behavioral & Social Science Gen Ed 3
Semester Four
PHY 175 Computational Physics 3
PHY 240 Introduction to Modern Physics 3
MAT 343 Differential Equations 3
EDA 103 Foundations of Special Education 1 3
EDF 300 Democracy and Education 3
Apply for Candidacy at the end of the semester.  
Year Three
Semester Five
PHY 300 Mechanics 3
PHY 310 Intermediate Physics Lab I 3
CHE 103
CRL 103
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
EDA 304 Special Ed Processes/Procedures for Secondary Educators 1 3
EDR 347 Literacy Development and Secondary Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Classrooms 3
Semester Six
PHY 320 Intermediate Physics Lab II 3
CHE 104
CRL 104
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
LAN 382
Teaching English Language Learners PK-12
or Teaching English Language Learners PK-12
EDS 306 Teaching Principles and Field Experience in Secondary Schools 1 3
BIO XXXBiology Elective 3
Year Four
Semester Seven
PHY 300 Mechanics 3
PHY 410 Optics 3
SCB 350 Science Education in Secondary School 1 3
Behavioral & Social Science Gen Ed 3
Humanities Gen Ed 3
Semester Eight
EDS 411 Student Teaching Sec - 1st Half 1 6
EDS 412 Student Teaching Sec - 2nd Half 1 6
 Total Credits125