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Academic Program Guide

FSU -Teach Physical Science

College: Arts and Sciences
Degree: BS
Limited Access: No

Contact: Brian Wilcoxon
Address: 307 Keen Bldg, Tallahassee, FL 32306
Phone: (850) 644-3245
Contact: Dr. Robin R. Smith
Address: 209 Carothers Hall, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4482
Phone: (850) 645-8927

Description of Major
FSU-Teach is an innovative approach to teacher education that involves collaboration between scientists, mathematicians, and education faculty at Florida State University. Physical Science students in the FSU-Teach program will develop knowledge of physics and the knowledge, skill, and experience needed to be an effective science teacher. The program will pay for tuition for the first two Education/Teaching prerequisite courses. Work study positions with scientists, mathematicians, and local schools are available. For more information, see our Web site, .

This is a double-major only program. FSU-Teach majors are first admitted into their primary, discipline-specific major and must meet the state-wide common program prerequisites for that major, in this case Physical Science/FSU-Teach. Later, students apply for admission into a secondary major within the College of Education called Secondary Science or Mathematics Teaching (SSMT). Upon graduation, students are awarded the B.S. degree with majors in Physical Science/FSU-Teach and SSMT.

The FSU Physics Department also offers majors in Physical Science, Physics, Physics and Astrophysics, and Physics and Materials.

Prospective transfer students should contact (Arts & Sciences Admissions) with specific questions about admission and mapping requirements.

Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite Coursework: (0 beyond other requirements)
Students must complete the following prerequisites required for admission in preparation for the upper division major. All of the following may also apply toward major and/or General Education requirements.

MAC X311 (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
MAC X312 (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
MAC X313 (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry III
CHM X045, X045L (3,1) General Chemistry I, Lab (or equivalent)
CHM X046, X046L (3,1) General Chemistry II, Lab
PHY X048C (5) General Physics A
PHY X049C (5) General Physics B
*SMT X043 (1) Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching
*SMT X053 (1) Step 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design

*Transfer students will be able to take SMT X043 and SMT X053 when enrolled at FSU.

State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .


Requirements for graduation in the College of Arts and Sciences include:
The College of Arts and Science requires proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate (2220 or equivalent) level or sign language through the advanced (2614 or equivalent) level.

Progress in this major and formal admission to FSU-Teach and Teacher Education
To be recognized as “formally admitted” into this major, students must meet the following requirements:
1) certification to upper division (or transfer admission into Physical Science/FSU-Teach as a junior);
2) completion of 18 hours of General Education requirements or an AA degree;
3) satisfactory completion of “Step 1” and “Step 2” prerequisite courses;
4) a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.50; and
5) a passing score on all four parts of the FTCE General Knowledge Test.

Once these are complete, the student must apply to Educator Preparation online at .

Departmental Policy on Grades and Continuation in the Major
A student who has received more than two unsatisfactory grades (U, F, D minus, D, D+) in courses required for the major, excluding the Term 1-4 State Common Prerequisites milestone courses, taken after enrolling at FSU will not be permitted to graduate with this major. Courses at this level consist of the following: PHY 3091, PHY 3101, PHY 3012, PHY 3802L, AST 4211, PHY 3045, PHY 3424, PHZ 3400, PHZ 4390.

Major Program of Studies at FSU: (79-82 hours)

Required courses for the Physical Science/FSU-Teach Major: (50 hours)

1. All of the following Physics courses (19 hours)
PHY 2048C (5) General Physics A
PHY 2049C (5) General Physics B
PHY 3091 (2) Communication in Physics (satisfies oral communication requirement)
PHY 3101 (3) Intermediate Modern Physics
PHY 3012 (2) Learning Assistantship in Physics
PHY 3802L (2) Intermediate Laboratory

2. Four of the following five courses: (12 hours)
AST 4211 (3) Introduction to Astrophysics
PHY 3045 (3) Physics Problem Solving
PHY 3424 (3) Optics
PHZ 3400 (3) Phenomena in Condensed Matter Physics
PHZ 4390 (3) Particle and Nuclear Physics

3. At least one computer skills competency course selected from the following: (3 hours)
COP 3014 (3) Programming I
ISC 3313 (3) Introduction to Scientific Computing
PHZ 4151C (3) Computational Physics Laboratory

Collateral Coursework: (16 hours)
Majors must satisfy complete the courses listed below. As collateral courses, these may be used to satisfy General Education or minor requirements. If not, they must be taken in addition to other requirements.

MAC 2311 (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
MAC 2312 (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
CHM 1045, 1045L (3,1) General Chemistry I, Lab or CHM 1050, 1050L Honors General Chemistry I, Lab
CHM 1046, 1046L (3,1) General Chemistry II, Lab or CHM 1051, 1051L Honors General Chemistry II, Lab

Required courses for the Science Teaching major: (29-32 hours)
SMT 1043 (1) Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching
SMT 1053 (1) Step 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design
SMT 3100 (3) Knowing and Learning
SMT 4301 (3) Classroom Interactions
SMT 4664 (3) Project Based Instruction
SMT 4930 (1-4) Apprentice Teaching Seminar
SMT 4945 (5) Apprentice Teaching
*HIS 3505 (3) Perspectives on Science and Mathematics
ISC 3523C (3) Research Methods
RED 4335 (3) Content Area Reading for Secondary School Teachers
**TSL 4324 (3) ESOL Instruction in the Content Area

*HIS 3505 fulfills a Liberal Studies requirement for History.

**TSL4324 is a Formative Experience course.

Computer Skills Competency:
PHZ 4151C (3), COP 3014 (3), or ISC 3313 (3) will satisfy this requirement for the major.

Oral Communication Competency:
PHY 3091 or SMT 4664 will satisfy this requirement for the major.

Minimum Program Requirements - ­Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Prerequisite Coursework 0 beyond other requirements*
Major Coursework 79-82
Foreign Language 0-12 (depending on placement)
Computer Skills 0 beyond major
Oral Competency 0 beyond major
Electives to bring total hours to 120
*Prerequisite coursework may also be used to satisfy general education and major requirements.

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at

1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information
Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Middle school or high school teacher of physics. In addition, students may pursue careers appropriate for students with a major in Physical Science.

Representative Employers: Public and private schools, research facilities, private industry.

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