Physics Education Major


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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: EDU 101. (Offered every Interterm.) IN16 - $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.)
EDUC101 Introduction to Education (3 Credits)
EDUC280 Exceptional Child (3 Credits)
EDUC202 Cultural Awareness in the (3 Credits)
PSYC206 Adolescent Development (3 Credits)
EDUC280 Exceptional Child (3 Credits)
This course will examine the historical context, diverse characteristics, and individual planning for the exceptional child. Students in this course will explore how individuals develop and learn within the context of their cultural, linguistic, and academic experiences. Co-teaching instructional plans based on diverse student characteristics, student performance data, and curriculum goals will be developed. Thirsty hours of field experience in a special education classroom are required. Prerequisite: EDU 101. (Offered every semester.)
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 EDU409. (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.
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.)
PHYS120 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, two hours of lab and one hour of tutorial per week.) Prerequisite: High school physics or PHY 102, and high school mathematics through calculus or currently enrolled in MTH 115. (Offered fall semester.)
PHYS210 University Physics II (4 Credits)
Continuation of PHY 120 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, two hours of lab and one hour of tutorial per week.) Prerequisite: PHY 120 or equivalent, MTH 115 or equivalent. (Offered spring semester.)
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 rotational motion and rigid-body motion; mechanical waves, sound waves and acoustical phenomena; statistical mechanics; AC circuits; special relativity; and interference and diffraction of light. (Three hours lecture, two hours of lab and one hour of tutorial per week.) Prerequisite: PHY 210 or equivalent, MTH 115. (Offered fall semester.)
PHYS311 Electricity And Magnetism (4 Credits)
PHY 311 Electricity and Magnetism Four 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 and three hours lab per week. Prerequisite: PHY 220, MTH 217, 218. (Offered fall semester of even calendar years.)
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 Thermal and Statistical Physics (4 Credits)
Introduction to the principles of thermodynamics and statistical physics. Topics include: probability theory, statistical description of systems of particles, kinetic theory, thermodynamic laws, entropy, microcanonical and canonical ensembles, distribution functions, ideal and real gases, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein statistics. Applications include the specific heat of solids, black body radiation; non-interacting Bose and Fermi gases; mean field theories for real gases; magnetism; phase transitions; propagation of heat and sound and critical phenomena. Prerequisite: CHM 112, MTH 217, PHY 220. (Offered irregularly.)
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: PHY 220, MTH 217, 218. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
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 BIO 350/CHM350. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program and junior status. (Offered spring semester of odd calendar years.)
PHYS409 Seminar in Physics (2 Credits)
PHY 409 Seminar in Physics One Credit (WI) Students present oral and written reports and discuss topics dealing with the history and philosophy of science. This course is to be taken by all physics majors in either the junior or senior year. Meets the general education writing-intensive requirement. Prerequisite: Attainment of junior standing. (Offered every spring.)
Choose PHYS402 or 403 (Courses Required: 1)
PHYS402 Advanced Physics Lab (2 Credits)
Students perform multi-week experimental investigations in some of the labs in the physics department. Possibilities include: involving in quantum optics and quantum information lab, renewable energy lab, radiation scintillator, ion accelerator lab, nano-physics lab, and advanced electronics lab. May be repeated with different focuses. Instructor approval needed. Prerequisite: PHY 220 (Offered irregularly)
PHYS403 Senior Physics Lab (2 Credits)
PHY 402, 403 Senior Physics Laboratory Two Credits Each This is an independent laboratory course in which the students will engage in laboratory study of a research nature. This will require six to eight hours in the laboratory each week. Those preparing to teach learn how to design, construct, and repair scientific apparatus. They will also learn techniques associated with the operation of a school laboratory. Prerequisite: Core curriculum through PHY 322. (Offered fall and spring semesters respectively.)

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