2018-2019 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 25, 2024  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Science Education-Physics (Dual), BS

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For Intra-University Transfers:

Arts and Sciences: Advising and Academic Support Office, 323 Hall of Languages, 315-443-3150, casadvising@syr.edu

School of Education: Office of Academic and Student Services, 111 Waverly Avenue, Suite 230; 315-443-9319, soeadvising@syr.edu  

Program Contact:

Sharon Dotger, Program Coordinator, 150 Huntington Hall, 315-443-9138, sdotger@syr.edu


Advances in science and technology have revolutionized the way people live. Science teachers from Syracuse University rise to the challenge of helping students learn the processes, skills, and body of scientific knowledge necessary to excel in the increasingly technological world. At Syracuse University, science education students work closely with faculty with the goal of becoming teachers who have strong science content knowledge; who teach using inclusive and culturally relevant practice and who critically reflect and explain their practice; who collaborate with others and exhibit professional conduct; and who are able to assess their students’ learning and development of scientific literacy.

Science education offers students four specific programs from which to choose their field of study: science education/biology, science education/chemistry, science education/earth science, science education/physics. In each of these areas, students have the opportunity to earn either a B.A. or B.S. degree, depending on which major requirements are completed in their primary science area. 

In the science education/physics, B.S. option, students earn one B.S. degree with majors in physics and science education/physics, and complete courses in three major areas:

  • Liberal Arts Core and electives
  • Physics (B.S.) major in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Professional education courses (including student teaching)

When planning their sequence of courses, students should keep in mind that at least 9 credits of education including student teaching are required in the fall of the senior year in order to meet the prerequisites for the spring student teaching experience. As many physics courses as possible should be completed by the end of the junior year.

A total of 124 credits is required. Some students may need to complete total program credits that are slightly greater than 124. The program meets the academic requirements for New York State initial certification to teach physics to grades 7-12. Successful completion of certification examinations, an application and a background check are also required for New York State teacher certification.


A minimum of a 3.0 grade point average is required for admission to the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education dual enrollment program. GPA requirements for admission to the candidacy and standard student teaching semesters, and other prerequisites to these semesters, are mentioned below. Intra-University transfer to the School of Education is coordinated through the Office of Academic and Student Services, 111 Waverly Avenue, Suite 230, and a course sequencing plan must be completed with an advisor at the time of application.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Acquire knowledge of each student, and demonstrate knowledge of student development and learning to promote achievement for all students

2. Know the content they are responsible for teaching, and plan instruction that ensures growth and achievement for all students

3. Implement instruction that engages and challenges all students to meet or exceed the learning standards

4. Work with all students to create a dynamic learning environment that supports achievement and growth

5. Use multiple measures to assess and document student growth, evaluate instructional effectiveness, and modify instruction

6. Demonstrate professional responsibility and engage relevant stakeholders to maximize student growth, development, and learning

7. Set informed goals and strive for continuous professional growth

Program Requirements

Liberal Arts Requirements

Within the Liberal Arts Core, major, and/or electives, science education/physics majors must complete:

  • One approved history (HST) course (3 credits)
  • One social science course (other than history (HST) or psychology (PSY)) (3 credits)
  • One arts-related course within Arts and Sciences (History of Art (HOA) or History of Music (HOM), 3 credits)
  • One humanities course (other than history or arts-related, 3 credits)
  • One multicultural humanities or social science course (3 credits, may also meet one of the humanities or social science requirements above)
  • One approved calculus course (3-4 credits)
  • One course (minimum 3 credits) in a language other than English, or equivalent competency established by examination or successful completion of level three of high school study

Physics Major

Science education/physics B.S. students must complete the Physics major.  Please note that the Physicals B.S. requires additional coursework, paperwork, and an appropriate petition.  Additional coursework is required for science education/physics students, including an introductory laboratory sequence in a second science area. 

Professional Education Courses

The professional sequence includes coursework, field experience and student teaching, and requirements other than coursework, described below.

The Professional Core Requires:

Candidacy Semester (fall of the senior year)

Note: The candidacy and standard student teaching semesters of registration listed are for students completing the program in four years. Others would adjust accordingly, with the two semesters as late in the program as possible. However, the candidacy semester must be completed in a fall semester.

Prerequisites: enrollment in the science education/physics program; development of an acceptable professional portfolio (reviewed prior to the candidacy semester); a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, and 3.0 in required education and in physics courses; completion of EDU 204 EDU 304 EDU 366 RED 326 ; a majority of physics courses completed; and appropriate progress toward meeting all of the program assessment proficiencies and dispositions

Standard Student Teaching Semester (spring of senior year)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the candidacy semester and acceptable professional portfolio; completion of the required amount of credits in physics; grade point averages at or above the minimums stated above; successful review of all appropriate student assessment proficiencies and dispositions.

  • EDU 508  - Student Teaching/Science (9 credits required)
  • SCE 416  - Assessment & Data-Driven Instruction/Science

Special Notes: Because this student teaching placement is a full-time, multi-week experience, no other daytime courses can be taken, and it is not advisable to plan more than 12 total credits in this semester, unless approved by an advisor.

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