Physics Education Major

Courses

Visit the Online Undergraduate Catalog for an explanation of graduation requirements.

The Physics Education major requirements include 33 credits in physics, 26 credits in chemistry, computer science, and mathematics, and 46 hours of professional studies in education.

Physics Education Major Courses

Professional Education
EDUC101 Introduction to Education (3 Credits)
EDU 101 Introduction to Educational Practice Three Credits This course prepares the candidate for admission to Teacher Education. Course content includes the characteristics of the Greenville College Teacher Education Program, a survey of the legal, social and ethical issues involved in public school education, an introduction to LiveText and program portfolio development, and a correlation of psychological principles to varied learning styles and milieus. This course is conducted on campus and includes 70 hours of field experience in school settings that have a large minority population. This course will give students the opportunity to determine whether they want to persist in the Teacher Education Program. (Offered fall semester for transfer students and students with special needs by permission of instructor, and offered every Interterm for freshmen.) Pre-requisite: signature of instructor IN15 - $92 Fee.
EDUC202 Cultural Awareness in the (3 Credits)
The purpose of this course is to explore race and poverty issues that impact the classroom environment. Candidates will search for effective strategies to better meet the needs of underserved populations. The hidden rules of economic class and characteristics of generational poverty will be studied, with emphasis on the impact this has on instruction. Students spend 40 hours assisting in a classroom which serves a high minority and low socioeconomic population. Prerequisite: EDUC 101. (Offered every Interterm.) IN18 - $60 Fee
PSYC206 Adolescent Development (3 Credits)
PSY 206 Adolescent Development Three Credits The transitional years of human development from puberty to early adulthood. Emphasis is on developmental tasks and choices through which adolescents develop mastery and a sense of self-competence. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 220 or admittance into the Teacher Education program. (Offered every semester.)
EDUC280 Exceptional Child (3 Credits)
EDUC316 Read/Write Across Curriculums (3 Credits)
EDU 316 Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum Three Credits Emphasis is on teaching reading and writing in content areas from grades 6 through 12. Relationships between reading, literacy, and writing within content areas are established and ways of meeting the needs of culturally diverse and dysfunctional students are explored. Candidates design appropriate learning experiences and apply reading-study skills to the content areas. Field experiences required. Cross listed with ENG 316. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Offered fall semester.)
EDUC333 The Learning Environment (3 Credits)
This course will investigate the structures of a safe and healthy learning environment that facilitates cultural and linguistic responsiveness, positive social interaction, active engagement, and academic risk-taking. A three tiered level of positive behavior supports (PBS) will be explored as a framework for creating plans to accomplish a productive learning environment. Twenty hours of field experience required. Prerequisite: EDU280
EDUC340 Educational Measurement/Evaluation (3 Credits)
EDU 340 Educational Measurement and Evaluation Three Credits This course is designed to explore classroom evaluation of student growth as an integral part of instruction. Candidates explore the purpose of evaluation as it relates to planning instruction. Professional, social, ethical, and philosophical considerations related to teaching/learning are also explored. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Offered every semester.)
EDUC342 Middle School Curriculum/Instruct (3 Credits)
EDU 342 Middle School Curriculum and Instruction Three Credits A study of social and philosophical assumptions related to curricula, materials, and methods of instruction pertinent to middle school students. Focus is on organizing classes, making curricular decisions, determining methods and selecting learning resources. Field experiences required. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Offered every semester.)
EDUC400 Early Professional Experience (1 Credit)
EDU 400 Early Experience One Credit After admission to the professional internship , candidates receive student teaching placements. Candidates work with their cooperating teachers during the first week of school. Five days of clinical experience required. Prerequisite: Admission to the Professional Internship. (Offered fall semester)
EDUC409 Secondary Methods (3 Credits)
Teacher candidates work to integrate prior coursework experienced into the context of real classrooms. Teacher candidates develop a teaching philosophy and an operational "professional identity." Candidates consider the impact that various factors have on the learning environment, develop teaching strategies that promote active learning and which engage students with diverse abilities, cultures, and ethnicity. Candidates explore methods specific to their subject areas under the additional guidance of the program coordinator. Teacher candidates will engage in preparing for the edTPA. Candidates complete a minimum of 15 hours in the clinical setting completing pre-mini student teaching assignments. Students must take EDU409 and 410 (Offered Interterm) during the same academic year. Prerequisites: Admission to the Teacher Education Program; EDU316, 333, and 340. (Offered fall semester.)
EDUC410 Secondary Methods Clinical Practice (3 Credits)
Candidates complete a mini-student teaching experience, consisting of 12 full days in the secondary classroom. Teacher candidates will meet on campus for a minimum of three class sessions. The course faculty member, assisted by the Director of Field Experience, will determine the placement for the clinical experience. Students must take EDU409 in the same academic year. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program and EDUC 409. (Offered Interterm.)
EDUC421 Student Teaching/Secondary (8 Credits)
EDU 421 Secondary Student Teaching Seven* or Fifteen Credits Full semester of student teaching required for secondary education majors. *K-12 physical education majors are required to complete eight weeks of student teaching in conjunction with EDU 424. Prerequisite: Admission to the Professional Internship. (Offered every semester.)
EDUC428 Secondary Programs Clinical Seminar (1 Credit)
The seminar addresses professional topics within the field of education and provides an opportunity for teacher candidates to focus on the required performance assessment. The performance assessment, aligned with state standards, is an authentic assessment tool that shows how teacher candidates develop and evaluate student learning. The portfolio documents practices in the areas of planning, instruction, assessment, analyzing teaching, and academic learning to reveal the impact of a candidate's teaching performance on student learning. This course is to be taken concurrently with student teaching and is pass/fail. Prerequisite: EDU410.
Specializastion
CHEM111 General Chemistry I (4 Credits)
Basic principles of chemical reactions and descriptive chemistry are integrated in terms of atomic structure, bonding theory, molecular geometry, reaction rates, equilibrium, and thermodynamics. (Three lecture hours and three lab hours per week.) (Offered fall semester.)
CHEM112 General Chemistry II (4 Credits)
Basic principles of chemical reactions and descriptive chemistry are integrated in terms of the periodic table, atomic structure, bond types, molecular geometry, reaction rates, and thermodynamics. (Three lecture hours and three hours lab per week.) (Offered fall and spring semesters respectively.)
MATH115 Calculus I (4 Credits)
The first course in the regular calculus sequence. Basic techniques of differentiation and integration are covered. Topics from Analytic Geometry are introduced. Prerequisite: MTH 111 or equivalent background. (Offered fall semester.)
MATH116 Calculus II (4 Credits)
Techniques of integration, sequences and series, parametric equations, vector valued functions. Prerequisite: MTH 115. (Offered spring semester.)
PHYS200 University Physics I (4 Credits)
A calculus-based introductory physics course that covers kinematics and Newton’s laws of motion; conservation laws for momentum, energy, and angular momentum; torques and static equilibrium; simple harmonic motion. (Three hours lecture and two hours of lab per week.) Prerequisite: High school physics or PHYS 102, and high school mathematics through calculus or currently enrolled in MATH 115.
PHYS210 University Physics II (4 Credits)
Continuation of PHYS 200 covering electric fields and forces, electric potential, resistors, capacitors and DC circuits; magnetic fields and forces, electromagnetic induction and inductors, electromagnetic waves and Maxwell’s equations; and geometrical and physical optics. (Three hours lecture and two hours of lab per week.) Prerequisite: MATH 115 and PHYS 200
CIST210 Programming and Data Structures I (3 Credits)
Using a modern high-level programming language, this course introduces algorithmic problem solving, basic control structures, basic data structures, and procedural abstraction. Prerequisites: MTH 111 and CIS 140, or MTH 115. (Offered fall semester.)
MATH217 Multivariable Calculus (3 Credits)
The differential and integral calculus of multi-variate functions, line and surface integrals, Green's Theorem, Divergence Theorem, Stokes' Theorem. Prerequisite: MTH 116. (Offered fall semester.)
MATH218 Differential Equations (3 Credits)
First-order differential equations, linear equations, and linear systems, power series solutions, Laplace Transforms. Prerequisite: MTH 116. (Offered fall semester.)
PHYS220 University Physics III (4 Credits)
The third semester of the introductory physics sequence as required by physics and pre-engineering majors. Topics covered include introduction to relativity, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, condensed matter, nuclear physics, the standard models of particle physics, the standard cosmological model, and new frontiers of physics. (Three hours lecture and two hours of lab per week.) Prerequisite: PHYS 210
PHYS311 Electricity And Magnetism (3 Credits)
An intermediate course that is basic for graduate work in physics. Topics covered include direct and alternating current circuits, static electric and magnetic fields, and Maxwell's equations. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisite: PHYS 210
PHYS318 Analytical Mechanics (4 Credits)
The motion of a particle and a system of particles as described by Newtonian mechanics are studied. Vector algebra and vector calculus are used. Velocity dependent forces, central forces, oscillatory motion, rigid body motion, and moving coordinate frames are typical topics. Prerequisite: PHY 220, MTH 217, 218. (Offered spring semester.)
PHYS321 Statistical Mechanics (3 Credits)
Equilibrium thermodynamics, the first law, equations of state, changes of state, the second law, criteria for spontaneity, electrochemistry, and applications to chemical and physical systems. Prerequisite:PHYS 220.
PHYS324 Quantum Mechanics (4 Credits)
An intermediate course on quantum mechanics using matrix formalism and operator methods; quantum states of photons and electrons, measurement, angular momentum and rotation, two-particle systems and entanglement, time evolution, harmonic oscillator, wave mechanics in three dimension. Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week. Prerequisite: PHYS 220
PHYS350 Science Curriculum Projects (2 Credits)
This course will explore current trends and issues in science curriculum, development and evaluation of science curriculum, and construction and use of science equipment. Students will consider the "big ideas" of science that should constitute core curriculum. Cross listed with BIOL/CHEM 350. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program and junior status.
PHYS409 Seminar in Physics (2 Credits)
Students are engaged in discussions on contemporary issues in physics and/or the issues related to the integration between faith and science. Written reports are required. This course is to be taken by all physics majors in either the junior or senior year. Prerequisite: Attainment of junior standing.
Choose PHYS402 or 403 (Courses Required: 1)
PHYS402 Senior Research II (3 Credits)
An optional, continuation of PHYS 401 research in physics. Prerequisite: Senior Status
PHYS403 Advanced Physics Lab (3 Credits)
Laboratory applications of upper level physics one of Greenville's labs. Special emphasis will be given to developing skills to conduct experiments and use of instrumentation, automation, and data analysis. Prerequisite: PHYS 220

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