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Physics Education Major



The Majors and Minors section of the academic catalog explains graduation requirements. You can also read more about courses in the Undergraduate Course Listings section of the academic catalog.

Below are some of the courses offered for the Physics Education Major.

Courses Credits  
EDU 101 Introduction to Educational Practice 3 Info

This course prepares the candidate for admission to Teacher Education. Course content includes the characteristics of the Greenville College Teacher Education Program, a survey of the legal, social and ethical issues involved in public school education, an introduction to Live Text and program portfolio development, and a correlation of psychological principles to varied learning styles and milieus. This course is conducted on campus and includes 70 hours of field experience in school settings that have a large minority population. This course will give students the opportunity to determine whether they want to persist in the Teacher Education Program. (Offered fall semester for transfer students and students with special needs by permission of instructor, and offered every Interterm for freshmen.)

CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 4 Info

Basic principles of chemical reactions and descriptive chemistry are integrated in terms of atomic structure, bonding theory, molecular geometry, reaction rates, equilibrium, and thermodynamics. (Three lecture hours and three lab hours per week.)

CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 4 Info

A continuation of CHM 111. (Three lecture hours and three lab hours per week.)

MATH 115 Calculus I 4 Info

The first course in the regular calculus sequence. Basic techniques of differentiation and integration are covered. Topics from Analytic Geometry are introduced.

MTH 116 Calculus II 4 Info

Techniques of integration, sequences and series, parametric equations, vector valued functions.

PHY 120 University Physics I 4 Info

A calculus-based introductory physics course that covers kinematics and Newton's laws of motion; conservation laws for momentum, energy, and angular momentum; torques and static equilibrium; simple harmonic motion. (Three hours lecture, two hours of lab and one hour of tutorial per week.)

EDU 202 Cultural Awareness in the Classroom 3 (CC) Info

The purpose of this course is to explore race and poverty issues that impact the classroom environment. Candidates will search for effective strategies to better meet the needs of underserved populations. The hidden rules of economic class and characteristics of generational poverty will be studied, with emphasis on the impact this has on instruction. Students spend 40 hours assisting in a classroom which serves a high minority and low socioeconomic population. Meets the general education cross cultural requirement. Except for those students completing the requirements for the elementary education major, this course also fulfills the general education sociology requirement. Students who take EDU 202 and then change to a non-education major will need to take a course with a SOC prefix to graduate.

PSY 206 Adolescent Development 3 Info

The transitional years of human development from puberty to early adulthood form the focus of this course. Emphasis is placed upon the developmental tasks and choices through which adolescents develop mastery and a sense of self-competence. Meets the general education psychology requirement for education majors.

CIS 210 Programming and Data Structures I 4 Info

Using a modern high-level programming language, this course introduces algorithmic problem solving, basic control structures, basic data structures, and procedural abstraction.

PHYS 210 University Physics II 4 Info

Continuation of PHY 120 covering electric fields and forces, electric potential, resistors, capacitors and DC circuits; magnetic fields and forces, electromagnetic induction and inductors, electromagnetic waves and Maxwell's equations; and geometrical and physical optics. (Three hours lecture, two hours of lab and one hour of tutorial per week.)

MTH 217 Multivariable Calculus 3 Info

The differential and integral calculus of multi-variate functions, line and surface integrals, Green's Theorem, Divergence Theorem, Stokes' Theorem.

MTH 218 Differential Equations 3 Info

First-order differential equations, linear equations, and linear systems, power series solutions, Laplace Transforms.

PHY 220 University Physics III 4 Info

The third semester of the introductory physics sequence as required by physics and pre-engineering majors. Topics covered include rotational motion and rigid-body motion; mechanical waves, sound waves and acoustical phenomena; statistical mechanics; AC circuits; special relativity; and interference and diffraction of light. (Three hours lecture, two hours of lab and one hour of tutorial per week.)

EDU 280 Exceptional Child 3 Info

A study of children whose intellectual, physical, or emotional development deviates from the norm and of techniques to modify school programming to accommodate them. Focus is on the identification of exceptionalities and creating appropriate teaching/learning strategies. The legal basis for the education of exceptional children, as well as the historical and social foundations of special education, is studied. Thirty hours of field experience required.

PHY 311 Electricity and Magnetism 4 Info

An intermediate course that is basic for graduate work in physics. Topics covered include direct and alternating current circuits, static electric and magnetic fields, and Maxwell's equations. Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week.

EDU 316 Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum 3 Info

Emphasis is on teaching reading and writing in content areas from grades 6 through 12. Relationships between reading, literacy, and writing within content areas are established and ways of meeting the needs of culturally diverse and dysfunctional students are explored. Candidates design appropriate learning experiences and apply reading-study skills to the content areas. Field experiences required. Cross listed with ENG 316.

PHY 318 Theoretical Mechanics 4 Info

The motion of a particle and a system of particles as described by Newtonian mechanics are studied. Vector algebra and vector calculus are used. Velocity dependent forces, central forces, oscillatory motion, rigid body motion, and moving coordinate frames are typical topics.

PHY 321 Thermodynamics 4 Info

Equilibrium thermodynamics, the first law, equations of state, changes of state, the second law, criteria for spontaneity, electrochemistry, and applications to chemical and physical systems. (Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week.) Cross listed with CHM 321 Physical Chemistry.

PHY 322 Modern Physics 4 Info

In this course a quantitative understanding of atomic, molecular, and nuclear physics is presented through the applications of introductory quantum mechanics. The course is valuable to both physics majors and chemistry students who need a background in quantum mechanics. Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week. Cross listed with CHM 322 Physical Chemistry.

EDU 333 The Learning Environment 3 Info

The application of learning theory to the management of both exceptional and regular school populations. Field experiences required.

EDU 340 Educational Measurement and Evaluation 3 Info

This course is designed to explore classroom evaluation of student growth as an integral part of instruction. Candidates explore the purpose of evaluation as it relates to planning instruction. Professional, social, ethical, and philosophical considerations related to teaching/learning are also explored.

EDU 342 Middle School Curriculum and Instruction 3 (WI) Info

A study of social and philosophical assumptions related to curricula, materials, and methods of instruction pertinent to middle school students. Focus is on organizing classes, making curricular decisions, determining methods and selecting learning resources. Field experiences required.

PHY 350 Science Curriculum Projects 2 Info

This course will explore current trends and issues in science curriculum, development, and evaluation of science curriculum, and construction and use of science equipment. Students will consider the "big ideas" of science that should constitute a core curriculum. Cross listed with BIO 350/CHM 350.

EDU 400 Early Experience 1 Info

After admission to the professional internship, candidates receive student teaching placements. Candidates work with their cooperating teachers during the first week of school. Five days of clinical experience required.

PHY 402,403 Senior Physics Laboratory 2 Info

This is an independent laboratory course in which the students will engage in laboratory study of a research nature. This will require six to eight hours in the laboratory each week. Those preparing to teach learn how to design, construct, and repair scientific apparatus. They will also learn techniques associated with the operation of a school laboratory. (Offered fall and spring semesters respectively.)

PHY 409 Seminar in Physics 2 (WI) Info

Students present oral and written reports and discuss topics dealing with the history and philosophy of science. This course is to be taken by all physics majors in either the junior or senior year. Meets the general education writing intensive requirement.

EDU 421 Secondary Student Teaching 7* or 15 Info

Full semester of student teaching required for secondary education majors.
*K-12 physical education majors are required to complete eight weeks of student teaching in conjunction with EDU 424.

Career Opportunities


  • High School Physics Teacher