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California State University, Long Beach
2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Physics and Astronomy

Undergraduate Programs

Physics Concentration

The Physics Concentration meets the subject matter competence requirement for the Single Subject Teaching Credential in Physics. Prospective students should consult the Single Subject Science Education Advisor in the Department of Science Education early to plan their program.

Requirements

Lower Division:

Take all of the following:

  • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 122.
  • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151;
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 123.
  • PHYS 254 Modern Physics and Light (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 152 or EE 210; Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 224.
  • PHYS 255 Laboratory on Light & Modern Physics (1)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: PHYS 254.
  • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    Prerequisite: Appropriate MDPT placement or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 111 and 113, or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 117.
  • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 122.
  • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 123 or 222.
  • ASTR 100 Astronomy (3)
    Corequisites: One course from General Education Category B.2 and ASTR 100L.
  • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: A passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination . (Credit in Chem 101 does not substitute for a passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination) and a "C" or better in MATH 113 or 117 or 119A or 122. One year of high school chemistry is strongly recommended. (Recommended for students who intend to pursue careers in science or engineering).
  • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 111A with a grade of "C" or better.
  • GEOL 102 General Geology (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: A course that fulfills the A.1 GE requirement and three years of high school mathematics including algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra or the equivalent.
  • GEOL 104 Geology Laboratory (1)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: A course that fulfills the A.1 GE requirement and three years of high school mathematics including algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra or the equivalent, and concurrent or prior enrollment in GEOL 102.
  • GEOL 160 Introduction to Oceanography (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: A course that fulfills the A.1 GE requirement and three years of high school mathematics including algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra or the equivalent.
  • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: CHEM 111A with a grade of "C" or better.
  • BIOL 212 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
    Prerequisites: Completion of BIOL 211 and CHEM 111A with grades of "C" or better.
  • BIOL 213 Introduction to Ecology and Physiology (4)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 212, CHEM 111B with a grade of "C" or better.

NOTE: BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L, 213, 213L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11.

Upper Division:

Take all of the following:

  • PHYS 310 Analytic Mechanics (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151. Corequisite: MATH 364A or 370A.
  • PHYS 340A Electricity and Magnetism I (3)
    Prerequisites: PHYS 152, 310. Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 370A or 364A.
  • PHYS 476 Modern Optics Laboratory (1)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 340A.
  • SCED 403 Integrated Science (3)
    Prerequisites: Completion of all credential breadth requirements for the Single Subject Teaching Credential Program in Science, three-fourths of the credential specializations courses, and consent of instructor.
  • SCED 404 Nature of Science Scientific Reasoning for Teachers (3)
    Prerequisites: Completion of at least three-fourths of the credential specialization courses for Single Subject Teaching Credential in science and consent of instructor. Enrollment limited to students who intend to pursue a Single Subject Credential in Science.
  • EDSS 300C Introduction to Teaching - Science (3)
    Prerequisite: Advanced sophomore or junior standing.
  • EDSS 450C Curriculum and Methods in Teaching Science (3)
    Prerequisite: EDSS 300C; admission to the Single Subject Credential Program or permission of the Single Subject Credential Program University Coordinator. Required prior to student teaching.
  • EDSE 435 U.S. Secondary Schools: Interculture Educ (3)
    Prerequisite: EDSS 300 (A, C, D, F, G, H, M, N, P, or S); or admission in the Single Subject Credential Program; or permission of University Coordinator of the Single Subject Credential Program. Required course in the Single Subject Credential Program.
  • EDSE 436 Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Classroom Management (3)
    Prerequisite: EDSS 300 (A, C, D, F, G, H, M, N, P, or S); or admission in the Single Subject Credential Program; or permission of the University Coordinator of the Single Subject Credential Program. Required course in the Single Subject Credential Program.
  • EDSE 457 Reading and Writing in Secondary School (3)
    Prerequisite: EDSS 300 (A, C, D, F, G, H, M, N, P, or S); or admission in the Single Subject Credential Program; or permission of the University Coordinator of the Single Subject Credential Program. Required course in the Single Subject Credential Program.

Select one course from each of the following pairs:

  • 1. MATH 364A Ordinary Differential Equations I (3)
    Prerequisites: MATH 222 or 224, and prerequisite or corequisite MATH 247.
  • MATH 370A Applied Mathematics I (3)
    Prerequisites: MATH 123. Not open to Freshmen.

 

  • 2. PHYS 320 Thermodynamics (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 152. Prerequisite/Corequisite, PHYS 254.
  • PHYS 422 Statistical Physics (3)
    Prerequisites: PHYS 310, 320, 350.

 

  • 3. PHYS 380 Electronics (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 152.
  • PHYS 496 Special Problems in Physics (3)
    Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and senior standing.

Single Subject Teaching Credential in Physics

In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Teaching Credential, prospective Physics teachers are also required to complete 45 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students may begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete many of the credential program courses, except for student teaching, as an undergraduate. Courses may also be started as a post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website (www.ced.csulb.edu/single-subject) for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures.

The Physics Subject Matter Program is being revised to meet new state standards. When the revised program has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the new course requirements will be in effect and supersede current requirements.

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