Physics 9-Adult

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Students seeking Physics 9-Adult teaching certification complete the Physics B.A. or B.S. major requirements and the following courses (27 hours). The WVUteach curriculum can be completed within the 120 hours required for graduation with a B.A. or B.S. in Physics. Physics B.S. students are advised to select the Physics Teaching Area of Emphasis to facilitate appropriate course choices.

WVUTeach: Physics 9-Adult

ARSC 120Inquiry Approaches to Teaching1
ARSC 220Inquiry-Based Lesson Design1
UTCH 221Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science (GEF 4)3
UTCH 322Classroom Interactions in Math and Science3
UTCH 420Project-Based Instruction in Mathematics and Science3
UTCH 430Apprentice Teaching in Math and Science10
MATH 318Perspectives on Mathematics and Science (GEF 5)3
PHYS 376LResearch Methods Laboratory *3
Total Hours27

 All WVUteach students need to select PHYS 376L instead of PHYS 341L Advanced Physics 1 Laboratory for their research requirement.


 A second area of licensure is recommended. WVUteach students should discuss second area licensure requirements with their advisor to best support their interests. Completion of a second area of licensure can normally fit within 120 hours required for graduation for the B.A. or B.S. in Physics.

Additional Coursework for Non-Physics Majors

Core Coursework12
General Physics 1
and General Physics 1 Laboratory
General Physics 2
and General Physics 2 Laboratory
Introductory Modern Physics
Physics Electives9
Fluid Mechanics for Civil Engineers
Process Fluid Mechanics
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Electrical Circuits
Engineering Electromagnetics
Fluid Mechanics
Heat Transfer
Mine Power Systems
Introduction to Mathematical Physics
Theoretical Mechanics 1
Electricity and Magnetism 1
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
Teaching Practicum
Additional Coursework24
Calculus 1
Calculus 2
Fundamentals of Chemistry 1
and Fundamentals of Chemistry 1 Laboratory
Fundamentals of Chemistry 2
and Fundamentals of Chemistry 2 Laboratory
Select one of the following sequences:
General Biology 1
and General Biology 1 Laboratory
Principles of Biology
and Principles of Biology Laboratory
Select one of the following sequences:
Planet Earth
and Planet Earth Laboratory
Earth Through Time
and Earth Through Time Laboratory