Aug 17, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Science Education B.S., with Physics Education Concentration


Science Education B.S.


TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120
Plans of Study 

Science Education explores educational foundations and methods to prepare educators in middle and secondary schools. It also explores the theory and practice of teaching science education. The objective is to prepare reflective and caring educators for a career in middle and high schools.

University Admissions


Admission to the University of South Florida is based on the Undergraduate Admission Requirements found by clicking on the following URLs:

Admission Requirements - College of Education


Admission to an educator preparation program is contingent upon meeting the following Department of Education’s Teacher Educator Certification requirements:

  1. Earn a 2.5 overall GPA;
  2. Complete all General Education Information and State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites with a C- or higher in each;
  3. Pass all sections of the General Knowledge Test. Information can be found at https://www.usf.edu/education/academics/teacher-certification/general-knowledge-test.aspx;
  4. Submit an application to Student Academic Services, EDU 106, 813-974-2979.

Applications can be found at https://www.usf.edu/education/undergraduate/academic-advising/coedu-applications.aspx

Students must complete the General Education and the General Knowledge Test before admission to a teacher preparation program. For more information, see Florida Statutes & Constitution, Education Code, Chapter 1004.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites - Science Education B.A./B.S., with Physics Concentration


Following Florida BOG Regulation 8.010, state mandated common course prerequisites are lower-division courses that are required for progression into the upper division of a particular baccalaureate degree program. 

Transfer students should complete the State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Successful completion of the common prerequisites alone does not guarantee a student admission into the degree program. 

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • EDF X005 Introduction to Education and Field Experience - 3 credit hours
  • MAC X311 Calculus I - 4 credit hours
  • MAC X312 Calculus II - 4 credit hours
  • MAC X313 Calculus III - 4 credit hours
  • [(CHM X045 and CHM X045L) and (CHM X046 and CHM X046L)] or (CHM X045C and CHM X046C) - 8 total credit hours
  • [(PHY X048 and PHY X048L) and (PHY X049 and PHYX049L)] or (PHY X048C and PHY X049C) - 8-10 total credit hours

FOR EDUCATION MAJORS: General education courses will be determined by the community college or university where the student currently is earning the Associate in Arts or baccalaureate degree, and will be published in the institution’s existing catalog and delineated in the Statewide Course Numbering System.

Physics Education Concentration


Concentration Required Courses: (28 credit hours)


Concentration Core Courses: 9 courses; 28 credit hours


Science Education B.S. - Additional Information


GPA Requirements


Once admitted, students must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA and earn a 2.5 in all upper-level coursework in the major including Core and Specialization courses.

Grading Requirements


  • Students must earn a C- or higher in all upper-level courses in the major.
  • Students must receive a C- or better to meet the major requirements.

Internship Opportunities - College of Education


All students will enroll in multiple clinical experiences throughout the program which will provide them with the opportunity to engage in the practice of teaching.

Accreditation - College of Education


This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Research Opportunities - College of Education


Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914 - Advanced Undergraduate Research Experience  course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of High Impact Practices and Undergraduate Research is able to assist with further inquiries.

Advising Information - College of Education


For prospective and current College of Education students with a home campus of Tampa, please select the following link for information about scheduling an  advising appointment:  https://www.usf.edu/education/about-us/advising.aspx

For prospective and current College of Education students with a home campus of Sarasota-Manatee, please select the following link for information about scheduling an advising appointment: https://www.sarasotamanatee.usf.edu/academics/academic-resources/academic-advising/

For prospective and current College of Education students with a home campus of St. Pete, please select the following link for information about scheduling an advising appointment: https://www.stpetersburg.usf.edu/academics/academic-resources/academic-advising/advisor/index.aspx

4 Year Plan of Study - Science Education B.A. or B.S., with Physics Education Concentration


NOTES:

 

Potential Entry Level Job Titles:

  • Middle School Teacher
  • High School Teacher

Potential Entry Level Salary Range:

$30,000 - $45,000

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 16

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 16

Semester 3 (Summer)


  • Study Abroad (Optional)
  • Complete General Knowledge Test

Total Credit Hours: 0

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 6 (Summer)


  • Apply to College of Education
  • General Elective - See advisor about COEDU recommended electives

Total Credit Hours: 0

Year 3


Semester 8 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 9 (Summer)


Total Credit Hours: 8

Year 4


Semester 10 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 11 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

2 Year Plan of Study - Science Education B.A./B.S., with Physics Education Concentration


NOTES:

Year 1


Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12