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Physics Education, B.S.

Requirements

Prepares the student to teach high school physics and AP physics. The program allows for those interested to supplement their studies with extra courses in physics or other science through elective upper division credit. A seminar course provides the student with exposure to careers in physics.

Total Program Credits: 120

Matriculation Requirements:
  1. Students are admitted directly to the Baccalaureate degree program in Physics Education upon acceptance to the Secondary Education Program.
  2. Students must obtain the departmental Advisor's signature on an approved program plan prior to enrollment in their second semester of study.

Secondary Education Requirements:

  1. ACT exam minimums: Composite 21, English 20, Math 19; or SAT exam minimums: Critical Read /Math 1000, with Math and Reading scores of 450; or If student has a bachelor degree or higher, he/she does not need to meet this testing requirement.
  2. GPA of 3.0 or higher with no grade lower than a C in content area courses.
  3. Completion of all General Education requirements and the majority of content area courses.
  4. Pass group interview directed by the Secondary Teacher Education Department.
  5. Pass LiveScan Criminal Background Check.
General Education Requirements: 39 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology 3
  MATH 1210 Calculus I 5
Complete one of the following:  3
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)  
Complete the following:   
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)  
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses:   
  Biology  3
  CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I (To be taken with CHEM 1215) 4
  CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II (To be taken with CHEM 1225) 4
  Humanities  3
  Fine Arts  3
  Social/Behavioral Science  3
Discipline Core Requirements: 73 Credits
  CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory (To be taken with CHEM 1210) 1
  CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory (To be taken with CHEM 1220) 1
  HIST 4320 History of Scientific Thought 3
  MATH 1220 Calculus II 5
  MATH 2210 Calculus III 3
  PHYS 2210 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
  PHYS 2215 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Lab 1
  PHYS 2220 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
  PHYS 2225 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II Lab 1
  PHYS 3010 Physics Experiments for Secondary Education 1
  PHYS 3110 Modern Physics I 3
  PHYS 3115 Introduction to Experimental Physics I (2.0) 2
  PHYS 4200 Teaching Methods in Science 3
Education Courses:   
  EDSC 3000 Educational Psychology 3
  EDSC 3050 Foundations of American Education 2
  EDSC 3250 Instructional Media 2
  EDSC 4200 Classroom Management I 2
  EDSC 4250 Classroom Management II 2
  EDSC 4440 Content Area Literacies 3
  EDSC 445G Multicultural Instruction ESL 3
  EDSC 4550 Secondary Curriculum Instruction and Assessment 3
  EDSC 4850 Student Teaching--Secondary 10
  EDSP 3400 Exceptional Students 2
Complete the following set: 9
  PHYS 490R Seminar (0.5)*  
Complete 8 credits from the following:  
  ASTR 3050 Astrophysics I (3.0)  
  ASTR 3060 Astrophysics II (3.0)  
  PHYS 2500 Elementary Fluids and Thermal Physics (3.0)  
  PHYS 3120 Modern Physics II (3.0)  
  PHYS 3125 Introduction to Experimental Physics II (2.0)  
  PHYS 3230 Principles of Electronics for the Physical Sciences (3.0)  
  PHYS 3300 Mathematical Physics (3.0)  
  PHYS 3400 Classical Mechanics (3.0)  
  PHYS 3500 Thermodynamics (3.0)  
  PHYS 3800 Energy use on Earth (3.0)  
  PHYS 4700 Acoustics (3.0)  
Elective Requirements: 8 Credits
  Complete 8 credits of upper division electives. 8

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 semester credits with a minimum of 40 upper-division credits.
  2. Overall Grade of 3.0 (B) or above with no grade lower than a C or better in major required content courses and no grade lower than a B- in Licensure and Methods courses. 
  3. Residency hours -- minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.
  5. A minimum of 52 credit hours must be in the major with a minimum of 20 credits taken at UVU. A minimum of 24 chemistry and physics credits must be upper-division.
  6. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.
Footnotes
* Must be repeated two times.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
MATH 1210 Calculus I 5
Complete one of the following  3
HIST 1700 American Civilization  
HIST 2700/HIST 2710 US History to 1877,  US History since 1877  
HIST 1740  US Economic History  
POLS 1000 American Heritage  
POLS 1100 American National Government  
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
Complete one of the following  2
HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness  
PES Fitness for Life  
  Semester total: 16
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing - Science and Technology 3
MATH 1220 Calculus II 5
PHYS 2210 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
PHYS 2215 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Lab 1
Biology Distribution Biology Distribution 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
MATH 2210 Calculus III 3
PHYS 2220 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
PHYS 2225 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II Lab 1
CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I 4
CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I lab 1
Humanities Distribution Humanities Distribution 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II 4
CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II lab 1
PHYS 3110 Modern Physics I 3
PHYS 3115 Intro to Exp. Phys. I 2
Physics Elective* 3
Fine Arts Distribution Fine Arts Distribution 3
  Semester total: 16
Notes: *Physics electives include ASTR 3050, ASTR 3060, PHYS 2500, PHYS 3120, PHYS 3125, PHYS 3230, PHYS 3300, PHYS 3400, PHYS 3500, PHYS 3800 and PHYS 4700. Student must complete 8 credit hours from the set.
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
HIST 4320 History of Scientific Thought 3
Social Science Distribution Social Science Distribution 3
EDSC 3000 Educational Psychology 3
EDSC 3050 Foundations of American Education 2
EDSC 3250 Instructional Media 2
Physics Elective* 3
  Semester total: 16
Notes: *Physics electives include ASTR 3050, ASTR 3060, PHYS 2500, PHYS 3120, PHYS 3125, PHYS 3230, PHYS 3300, PHYS 3400, PHYS 3500, PHYS 3800 and PHYS 4700. Student must complete 8 credit hours from the set.
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
EDSC 4200 Classroom Management I 2
EDSC 4440 Content Area Reading and Writing 3
PHYS 3010  Physics Experiments for Secondary Education 1
Physics Elective* 2
EDSC  445G Multicultural Instruction ESL 3
PHYS 4200 Teaching Methods in Science 3
  Semester total: 14
Notes: *Physics electives include ASTR 3050, ASTR 3060, PHYS 2500, PHYS 3120, PHYS 3125, PHYS 3230, PHYS 3300, PHYS 3400, PHYS 3500, PHYS 3800 and PHYS 4700. Student must complete 8 credit hours from the set.
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
EDSC 4250 Classroom Management II 2
EDSC 4550 Secondary Curriculum Instruction and Assessment 3
EDSP 3400 Exceptional Students 2
PHYS 490R Seminar 0.5
Upper Division Elective Upper Division Elective 3
Upper Division Elective Upper Division Elective 3
  Semester total: 13.5
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
EDSC 4850 Student Teaching - Secondary 10
Upper Division Elective Upper division Elective 2
PHYS 490R Seminar 0.5
  Semester total: 12.5
  Degree total: 120

Department

Name:

Department of Physics

Location:

PS 207

Telephone:

801-863-6964

Email:

BPacchiega@uvu.edu

Web Address:

www.uvu.edu/physics/

Chair:

Phil Matheson

Chair UVU Email:

phil.matheson@uvu.edu

 
 

Mission Statement

The whole universe is a fair topic for study in physics. No facet is too small or too big to be considered. Physics is the assembly and application of the rational rules by which nature operates. Every action is played out according to its rules. Physicists seek to discover and learn these rules and often apply them in solving problems in other scientific fields such as chemistry, biology and geology, engineering and in many areas of common human experience. Physicists are valued for their ability to rationally approach complex problems and to construct practical solutions. They find fulfilling and satisfying employment not only in research and teaching, but in business, industry, consulting and government. Typically half of all BS Physics degree recipients enter the work force immediately in such occupations as those just listed. The rest continue on to graduate school, not only in physics, but in engineering, computer science, medicine and even law or business programs.

Physicists and those trained in physics have been extraordinarily successful in the development of modern industries, including seminal innovations in electronics, optics, computer science, transportation, and in energy industries.

Physics at UVU is a very personal endeavor. The small size of our department means that a physics major will benefit by working closely with faculty and fellow students. The faculty will often act as personal tutors and mentors, providing opportunities in research and problem solving that may be more difficult to obtain in a larger department. Access to computing facilities and many types of research equipment is available. Our program seeks to match our students’ interests and meet the requirements of future employers.

Our department also has exceptional astronomy faculty and they have been very successful in preparing students for graduate work in astronomy and astrophysics.

In addition to a sound understanding of basic physics and problem solving, our students gain skills in:

Computational methods, numerical analysis and computer programming
Instrumentation, data collection and analysis
Electronics
Writing and presentation skills

 
 

Physics

  • Administrative Support: Brandi Pacchiega
  • Telephone: 801-863-6964
  • Email: BPacchiega@uvu.edu
  • Mail Stop: 179
 
 

Faculty

Bonnie Andersen(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Physics
Faculty



B.S., Physics, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Experimental Physics, University of Utah.

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Timothy Doyle(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Physics
Faculty



B.S., Physics, M.S., Condensed Matter Physics, Ph.D., Computational Physics, Utah State University.

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Christian Draper(2010)

Lecturer

Department: Physics
Faculty



B.S., Physics/Astronomy, M.S., Physics, Brigham Young University.

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Karl Haisch Jr.(2004)

Associate Professor

Department: Physics
Faculty



B.S., M.S., Physics, Michigan State University; M.S., Astronomy, Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Florida.

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Vern Hart(2017)

Assistant Professor

Department: Physics
Faculty



B.S., Physics, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Physics, William Woods University.

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Joseph Jensen(2009)

Professor

Department: Physics
Faculty



B.S., Astronomy, California Institute of Technology; M.S., Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Hawaii.

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Philip Matheson(2001)

Professor

Department: Physics
Department Chair, Faculty



B.S., Physics, Arizona State University; Ph.D., Physics, Brigham Young University.

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Paul Mills(1982)

Professor

Department: Physics
Faculty



B.S., M.S., Physics, Brigham Young University.

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Kim Nielsen(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Physics
Faculty



B.S., Physics, University of Copenhagen; M.S., University of Alaska; Ph.D., Physics, Utah State University.

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Raymond Perkins(2014)

Assistant Professor

Department: Physics
Faculty



B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Physics, Brigham Young University.

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John Powell(2013)

Lecturer

Department: Physics
Faculty

Department: Physics

B.S., Physics, M.S., Physics, Ph.D., Physics & Astronomy, Brigham Young University.

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Cyrill Slezak(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: Physics
Faculty



B.A., Physics & Music Performance, Adams State College; M.S., Ph.D., Physics, University of Cincinnati.

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Steven Wasserbaech(2002)

Professor

Department: Physics
Faculty



B.S., Mathematics, B.S., Physics, University of Utah; Ph.D., Physics, Stanford University.

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Paul Weber(2012)

Associate Professor

Department: Physics
Faculty



B.S., Physics & Mathematics, Bemidji State University; M.S., Physics, Ph.D., Experimental Particle Physics, University of Colorado.

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