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2023-2024 General Catalog [Current] 
2023-2024 General Catalog [Current]

Physics Teacher Education (Minor)

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Program Summary

Physics encompasses the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest subatomic particles. The subject of physics finds application and provides a deeper level of understanding to many other scientific disciplines. The study of physics is accompanied by the development of problem-solving and analytical skills. The mission of the physics faculty is to ensure academic excellence through the development of critical thinking and scientific reasoning. Our mission is met through the following:

  1. Establishing a learning environment that provides students with a quality, current, comprehensive, and rigorous course of study.
  2. Developing successful students by stimulating curiosity and instilling a lifelong love of learning.
  3. Ensuring students develop communication, creativity, information gathering, and processing skills.
  4. Expectations of faculty excellence in classroom and laboratory instruction.
  5. Support of faculty scholarly activities in pursuit of understanding, knowledge, and discovery.
  6. Service to the university and broader community through engagement and education.

Program Information

  • All courses must be passed with a “C” (2.0) or better to be counted in the minor.
  • All prerequisite courses must be passed with “C” (2.0) or better.
  • Courses greater than 10 years old will not be accepted in the minor.
  • Some courses are taught every other year or as needed. Consult your Student Success Advisor for scheduling help.

Program Prerequisites

The Department of Chemistry and Physics strongly recommends that students complete the following courses as part of their General Education  requirements, as they are prerequisites for required major courses. Students who do not complete these courses as part of General Education can potentially add additional credits and time to their degree.

* Note: Students who are not prepared for this math course may need additional math credits/preparation. Please consult your Student Success Advisor for more information.

Physics Teacher Education Minor Curriculum (18 Credits)

Select One of the Following

Required for Teaching License (4 Credits)

A student seeking a Physics Endorsement from the State of Utah must complete the following:

Total Credits, Minor: 18


Licensure Notification

This program typically leads to licensure/certification and was designed to meet such qualifications for the state of Utah. Students who are or may be planning to pursue licensure/certification in any other U.S. state or territory may need to meet additional education requirements. This is not a reflection of SUU’s accreditation or quality, as each state and territory regulates their own education requirements for occupational licensure.

Students enrolled in a teacher preparation program may potentially be able to use a Utah educator license to obtain licensure through reciprocity. Additional information may be found through the Department of Teacher Education’s reciprocity table.

An overview of all of SUU’s programs that lead to licensure/certification and the programs’ current determination statuses may be found at

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