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Minor in Physics

A student may elect to minor in Physics by taking PHY 105/105L, 106/106L, 251, and three other PHY electives. Among the three PHY electives, PHY 255 is strongly recommended for students lacking mathematics courses beyond MAT 162, and at least one PHY elective must be at the 200-level or higher. Modifications are subject to the Chair’s approval in consultation with the department. Interested students should contact the chair prior to the fall semester of their junior year.

Advisory Option—Computer Science

Physics majors may elect an advisory course sequence designed to prepare the student for an entry level position or graduate work in Computer Science.

Advisory Option—Teacher Certification in Physics

For students who entered SJU before the fall of 2010, or transfer students who entered SJU in the fall of 2010 with 15 or more credits:

Students majoring in Physics may minor in Education to obtain an Instructional I, Secondary Education (7-12) Teaching Certificate. Students seeking this certification are URGED to apply for the Education minor during the spring semester of their freshman year. While students continue meeting with their Physics advisor, they will also be assigned an Education advisor who will guide them through their required Education courses. The Education advisor will also assist students seeking teacher certification in formally applying for the teacher certification program, usually in the spring semester of their sophomore year. Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher to be accepted into the teacher certification program. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher to obtain teacher certification upon graduation.

Students seeking the Education minor and teacher certification complete a sequence of five Education courses, three field experience labs, and a semester-long, full-time student teaching placement (for twelve credits). Students seeking the Education minor and teacher certification may complete their Social Science GER by taking: EDU 160 (Schools in Society and the accompanying lab); PSY 100 (Introduction to Psychology); and EDU 151 (Educational Psychology and the accompanying lab).

For students who entered SJU in the fall of 2010 or later, or transfer students who entered SJU on the GEP curriculum:

Pennsylvania’s Secondary (referred to as "secondary" or "7-12") preparation program guidelines require a Professional Core of courses, early and varied field experiences (190 hours), and student teaching. In addition to the subject-specific content requirements for secondary programs that are met by the student’s major, candidates for the 7-12 teaching certificate in Pennsylvania must complete a prescribed sequence of coursework which includes the specific requirements for Accommodations and Adaptations for Diverse Learners in Inclusive Settings and Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners under §49.13(4)(i)).

Below is the recommended program for students who will be eligible for a PA Level I teaching certificate AFTER August 31, 2013 pending approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

EDU 150/150F*

Schools in Society (may fulfill the GEP First Year Seminar requirement)



EDU 160/160F*


EDU 157*

Adolescent Development (may fullfill the GEP Social Science requirement)

EDU 247

Literacy in the Content Areas

SPE 160/160F*

Introduction to Special Education

SPE 203/203F

Teaching in Inclusive Environments

SPE 313/313F

Assessment: Iden & Progress Monitoring

EDU 246

Literacy, Language & Culture (ELL)

EDU 418/418F*

Instructional Techniques- Sciene 7-12

EDU 497

Student Teaching (12 credits)

*You must register for EDU 999 with any "F" course.

Note: Students may or may not be able to complete the requirements for certification within the normal 8 semesters. This will be largely controlled by the number of GEP variable core courses the student has to take, AP credit received and other factors. Given the complexity of the requirements it is essential that students interested in pursuing secondary education certification speak with their academic advisor about this early in their program of study.