The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Physics (Teacher Certification), Bachelor of Science

This program leads to a profession which requires an occupational license as defined under Texas Occupations Code 58.001 This requires that all applicants seeking to become licensed must undergo a criminal background check prior to licensure. Students in this program should check with the College of Education and P-16 Integration on the requirements for a criminal background check prior to student teaching.

Core Curriculum - 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once. The courses listed below fulfill core curriculum and major requirements. Students who have completed a core curriculum category with courses other than those listed below will still be required to take the listed course(s) to meet major requirements.

020 Mathematics – 3 hours

MATH 2413Calculus I

4

Three credit hours from MATH 2413 applies. 

030 Life and Physical Sciences – 6 hours

PHYS 2425Physics for Scientists and Engineers I

4

PHYS 2426Physics for Scientists and Engineers II

4

Six credit hours from PHYS 2425 and PHYS 2426 apply.

090 Integrative and Experiential Learning – 6 hours

CSCI 1380Computer Science I

3

PHYS 2425Physics for Scientists and Engineers I

4

PHYS 2426Physics for Scientists and Engineers II

4

Complete any additional one credit hour course from 090 to satisfy the six credit hour requirement. Two credit hours from PHYS  2425 and PHYS 2426 applies. 

Major Requirements – 54 Hours

Required Courses - 42 hours

Physics Foundation - 33 hours

PHYS 2327Physics for Scientists and Engineers III

3

PHYS 3305Classical Mechanics

3

PHYS 3303Thermodynamics

3

PHYS 3304Optics

3

PHYS 3402Modern Physics

4

PHYS 3411Math Methods in Physics I

4

PHYS 4305Statistical Mechanics

3

PHYS 3301Electromagnetic Theory I

3

PHYS 4303Quantum Mechanics I

3

PHYS 4101Laboratory Research

1

PHYS 4300Undergraduate Research Project

3

Educational Physics - 9 hours

PHYS 4392/MATE 4329/BIOL 4392Research Methods

3

PHYS 3330/MATE 3321/BIOL 3330Functions and Modeling

3

MATE 3317/PHIL 3317Perspectives in Mathematics and Science

3

Support Courses - 12 hours

MATH 2413Calculus I

4

MATH 2414Calculus II

4

MATH 2415Calculus III

4

MATH 3341Differential Equations

3

One credit hour from MATH 2413 applies.

Free Electives – 3 Hours

Free electives credit hours required may vary to achieve the institutional minimum of 120 hours for a degree. 

Teacher Certification

Area of Certification: Physics/Mathematics (7-12)

UTCH 1101Inquiry Approaches to Teaching

1

UTCH 1102Inquiry-Based Lesson Design

1

UTCH 3301Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science

3

UTCH 3302Classroom Interactions

3

UTCH 3303Project-Based Instruction

3

UTCH 4601Apprentice Teaching

6

UTCH 4101Apprentice Teaching Seminar

1

READ 4305Disciplinary Literacy in Content Area Classrooms

3

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Admission Requirements 

Admission to the Teacher Education Program at the Office of Educator Preparation and Accountability is required for completion of teacher certification requirements with the undergraduate degree. All admission requirements are in accordance to Texas Administrative Code rules §227.10 and the HEA Title II accountability requirements. All applicants must meet the current certification requirements in effect at the time of application, regardless of the catalog year of degree. plan.

Major Progression Requirements

Teacher Education Program progression requirements include GPA, course grades, certification courses, benchmarks/key assessments and testing.

Admission to the College of Education and P-16 Integration is required for participation in Apprentice Teaching and Seminar (UTCH 4101, 4601). Students unable to be admitted to UTCH 4601 and UTCH 4101 will be required to substitute 7 hours, as recommended by advisor.

A Physics Major with Physics/Mathematics (7-12) Teacher Certification would initially focus on the Math prerequisites courses (support courses listed above), in taking the PHYS 2425/2426 course sequence, and in taking the UTCH 1101/1102 course sequence.