Physical Science Composite Teaching -Secondary Education Licensure, BS

  

Program Description

The Utah Tech University Physical Sciences department offers a variety of courses in Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Science, Geology, Geography, and Physics that allow students to better understand and appreciate the natural world and our place in it. Many of these courses fulfill the General Education Physical Science requirement for all students. Coursework and academic degrees offered in the Physical Sciences also fulfills prerequisites and requirements for students planning to pursue careers in natural sciences, chemistry, physics, engineering, environmental sciences, earth sciences, and medical and health sciences.

Professional Licensure/Certification (PLC) Requirements

The curriculum for programs at Utah Tech University leading to professional licensure are designed to prepare students for Utah licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions requiring licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the University, and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time. 

Licensure boards in each state establish requirements for licensure and certification for their respective state. States vary by which professions are required to be licensed and how licensure functions, and such requirements may change at any time. The terms related to licensure and certification, among others, also vary by state as well.

Students and prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact the state licensure entity in the state where they intend to work to review all licensure and certification requirements imposed by the student’s state(s) of choice. The University cannot provide verification of a student’s ability to meet licensure or certification requirements unrelated to its educational programming. Some states require individuals to complete additional requirements that are unrelated to educational prerequisites. For more information, visit the State Authorization and Professional Licensure web page and select the program, or speak to the director of the program. 

Utah Tech University shall not be held liable if a student is unable to qualify for licensure or certification in any jurisdiction.

This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).

Admission Requirements for Secondary Education Program

To be admitted to the Secondary Education Program and enroll in professional courses:

  • USBE R277-504-3 A(3) “requires candidates to maintain a cumulative university GPA of 3.0, and receive a C or better in all education related courses and major required content courses"

and students must pass the appropriate PRAXIS II content area subject test(s). In addition, one of the following must be completed:

  • Students with BA/BS degrees in progress must have completed at least 95% of major coursework and have approval of major academic content area department advisor
  • Students with completed BA/BS or higher degrees must have their transcripts reviewed by content area department advisor
Secondary Education Program Professional Requirements
Semester I
SCI 4700Secondary Science Teaching Methods3
SCED 3720Reading Writing Content Areas (ALPP)2
SCED 4100Curriculum and Instruction3
SCED 4200Secondary Assessment2
SCED 4600Classroom Management (ALPP)3
SCED 4300Practicum Seminar3
Semester II
SCED 4900Secondary Student Teaching10
SCED 4989Student Teaching Capstone3

Program Curriculum

121-123 credits

Utah Tech General Education Requirements

All Utah Tech General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to Utah Tech's minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
English3-7
Mathematics3-5
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Literature/Humanities3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
Secondary Education Program Requirements
Complete one of the following through General Education or elective credit:
HIST 1700American History (AI)3
or POLS 1100 American Government (AI)
Complete one of the following through General Education or elective credit:
FSHD 1500Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)3
or PSY 1010 General Psychology (SS, GC)
or PSY 1100 Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC)
Complete the following program prerequisite courses:
EDUC 1010Foundations/Intro to Education3
EDUC 2010Intro to Exceptional Learners3
EDUC 2400Foundations Multicultural/ESL (SS, GC, ALCI)3
EDUC 2500Instructional Technology in K-12 Classrooms3
EDUC 3110Educational Psychology3
Physical Science Core Requirements
Complete the following Chemistry requirements:
CHEM 1210
CHEM 1215
Principles of Chemistry I (PS)
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (LAB)
5
CHEM 1220
CHEM 1225
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
5
Complete one of the following:
CHEM 2310
CHEM 2315
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
3-5
or CHEM 3000 Quantitative Chemical Analysis
Complete the following Geology requirements:
GEO 1110
GEO 1115
Physical Geology (PS)
and Physical Geology Lab (LAB)
4
GEO 1220
GEO 1225
Historical Geology
and Historical Geology Lab
4
GEO 3060Environmental Geology3
Complete the following Physics requirements:
PHYS 1040
PHYS 1045
Elementary Astronomy (PS)
and Elementary Astronomy Lab (LAB)
4
PHYS 2210
PHYS 2215
Physics/Scientists Engineers I (PS)
and Physics/Scientists Engineers I Lab (LAB)
5
PHYS 2220
PHYS 2225
Physics/Scientists EngineersII
and Physics/Scientists Engineers II Lab
5
PHYS 3710Intermediate Modern Physics3
Complete the following Math/Science support courses:
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB)
5
MATH 1210Calculus I (MA)4
MATH 1220Calculus II (MA)4
SCI 2600Lab Safety for Teachers1
SCI 4800RIndependent Research1
Complete one of the following:
CHEM 3510Biochemistry I3
or PHYS 3400 Classical Mechanics

Note:

Students who complete BIOL 3040 General Ecology and BIOL 3045 General Ecology Lab will also meet the requirements for an Earth Science endorsement.


Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 121 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at Utah Tech for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative university GPA 3.0 or higher.
  5. USBE R277-504-3 A(3) “requires candidates to maintain a cumulative university GPA of 3.0, and receive a C or better in all education related courses and major required content courses"
  6. 3.0 GPA in program prerequisite and professional courses.

Graduation Plan

1st Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
CHEM 1210
CHEM 1215
5SCI 26001
ENGL 10103CHEM 1220
CHEM 1225
5
MATH 12104ENGL 20103
EDUC 10103MATH 12204
 General Education13
 15 16
2nd Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
5GEO 1220
GEO 1225
4
GEO 1110
GEO 1115
4PHYS 2220
PHYS 2225
5
PHYS 1040
PHYS 1045
4HIST 1700 or POLS 11003
PHYS 2210
PHYS 2215
5FSHD 1500, PSY 1010, or PSY 11003
 18 15
3rd Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
CHEM 30003PHYS 37103
PHYS 3400 or CHEM 35103GEO 30603
EDUC 20103EDUC 2400 (GLOCUP)3
EDUC 25003EDUC 31103
General Education 3SCI 4800R1
 15 13
4th Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
SCI 47003SCED 490010
SCED 37202SCED 49893
SCED 41003 
SCED 42002 
SCED 46003 
SCED 43003 
 16 13
Total Hours 121

Physical Science Program Learning Outcomes

At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Assess and critique local and global issues based on acquired knowledge in science to formulate solutions to problems.
  2. Integrate knowledge of basic fundamental laws, concepts, and theories to apply them to everyday life.
  3. Consider the process of science — how scientific knowledge is generated and validated — to make independent, empirical inquiries about the natural world.
  4. Evaluate, interpret, and communicate data in the form of tables, graphs, and charts in oral and or written form.
  5. Create individual lesson plans and activities reflecting the curriculum and informed by best practices in pedagogy and technology.