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Physics Education (7-12), B.S.

About the Program

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Accredited

Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in the catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

The physics B.S. degree program in secondary education leads to a New York State Initial Certificate for teaching both physics and general science in grades 7–12. Students seeking admission to the B.S. physics education program should initially enroll in the B.S. physics program. After successfully completing at least two required physics courses at Buffalo State with a GPA in these courses of 2.75 or higher, students apply for admission to the B.S. physics education program during the semester they complete SED 200. A minimum GPA of 2.75 in physics courses is required for admission to SED 405, SED 407, and SED 408.

About the Physics Department

162 Science and Math Complex
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6726
Fax: (716) 878-4421

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 33–39 cr*

Total Required Credit Hours in Physics 34 cr
PHY 111 University Physics I (5)
PHY 112 University Physics II (5)
PHY 213 University Physics III
PHY 305 Modern Physics I
PHY 306 Modern Physics II
PHY 310 Computational Physics Laboratory (2)
PHY 320 Introduction to Theoretical Physics (4)
PHY 324 Electric Circuits
PHY 410 Advanced Physics Laboratory
PHY 440 Electricity and Magnetism I

Total Required Credit Hours in Professional Education 24 cr
SPF 303 Educational Psychology: Middle and Secondary Education
EDU 416 Teaching Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools
EDU 417 Adolescent Literacy
EXE 372 Foundations of Teaching Adolescents with Disabilities
SED 200 Field Experience in Secondary Science Education
SED 401 Techniques for Teaching Laboratory Activities in the Secondary Science Classroom
SED 405 Methods and Materials in Teaching Secondary School Science
SED 409 Seminar in Secondary Science Education

Total Required Credit Hours in Student Teaching 12 cr
SED 407 Practice Teaching Science in the Middle School (6)
SED 408 Practice Teaching Science in the High School (6)

Total Required Credit Hours in Other Fields for Certification 41-47 cr

A. One Year (or Equivalent) of a Foreign Language (0-6 cr)

B. Cognate Sciences (26 cr)
CHE 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry I (4)
CHE 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry II (4)
GES 101 Introductory Geology
GES 102 Historical Geology
GES 103 Introductory Geology Laboratory (1)

Select one course from the following:
GES 111 General Oceanography
GES 131 Introduction to Astronomy
GES 241 Meteorology

Select two courses from the following:
BIO 211 Introduction to Cell Biology and Genetics (4)
BIO 212 Introduction to Organismal Biology and Diversity (4)
BIO 213 Introduction to Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (4)

C. Mathematics (15 cr)
MAT 161 Calculus I
MAT 162 Calculus II
MAT 163 Using Technology to Explore Calculus I (1)
MAT 164 Using Technology to Explore Calculus II (1)
MAT 263 Calculus III
MAT 264 Using Technology to Explore Calculus III (1)
MAT 315 Differential Equations

Total Required Credit Hours 144-156 cr

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