Physics with Teaching

Career options

Completion of the Physics with Teaching degree will prepare students for the same scientific and related careers as the Physics BA program. In addition, students will also be prepared to take the Pennsylvania Department of Education Praxis exams, which will certify them to teach Physics in a secondary school classroom in Pennsylvania, and in states with reciprocal agreements with Pennsylvania. The pedagogy courses in this program are especially designed for science and mathematics majors, and emphasize skills in designing and delivering inquiry-based curricula, with extensive opportunities for practice teaching in Philadelphia School District classrooms.

Curriculum

The physics program includes a two-semester introductory sequence in classical physics and three semesters of calculus. This is followed by intermediate level courses in computational physics, mathematical physics, electricity and magnetism, and introductory modern physics. Advanced courses in mechanics, optics, electromagnetism, experimental physics, thermodynamics and quantum mechanics follow. Opportunities for independent study and undergraduate research are also available.

Preparation for pursuing a degree in physics at Temple University should include four years of high school mathematics and one year of physics. While still in high school, students should acquire as much experience with computers as possible.

After completing this program, students should:

  • understand fundamental principles of physics and apply these principles to problems in classical mechanics, electromagnetism, optics and wave phenomena, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, atomic physics, special relativity, and specialized topics
  • have appropriate laboratory skills for the analysis of physical systems. These include data and error analysis, instrumentation, radiation detection, counting statistics, and dimensional analysis.
  • use mathematical methods to study physical models. Such mathematical methods include single and multivariate calculus, coordinate systems (rectangular, cylindrical, and spherical), vector algebra and vector differential operators, Fourier series, ordinary and partial differential equations, boundary value problems, matrices and determinants, and functions of complex variables
  • have appropriate oral and written communication skills that enable students to explain their work to people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • have a basic understanding of elementary principles of other natural science such as astronomy, chemistry, biology or geology and their ability to apply these principles in the solution of problems

Further Information
TUteach Program