Physics Secondary Education
Physics (BS) – Secondary Education
Physics is the basis of our understanding of matter, energy and all other phenomena. Physics describes how the world around us works from cell phones to tsunamis, anatomy to cathedrals and DNA to black holes. Physics is the basis for modern technology and for the tools and instruments used in medicine, engineering, manufacturing and other sciences.
Through Appalachian State University’s Physics (BS) – Secondary Education degree, you will receive the guidance and instruction to harness these concepts and share that knowledge as a teacher of high school physics, math, chemistry and even biology – with a primary focus on physics. The program combines the strengths of the Department of Physics and Astronomy with the rigorous teacher preparation in Appalachian’s Reich College of Education. Graduates of the program are in high demand for teaching positions in North Carolina and across the country.
In addition to receiving a well-rounded course of study in physics, you will shadow physics and astronomy faculty members in classrooms and labs, and have the opportunity to work with them on research and other creative projects. Combine all that with access to top-notch research facilities including the Dark Sky Observatory, the AppNano microscopy facility, the Appalachian Atmosphereic Interdisciplinary Research facility (AppalAir), the multidisciplinary Biophysics and Optical Sciences facility (BiyOSeF) and other research laboratories. Appalachian’s Department of Physics and Astronomy is an extraordinary place to learn and grow.
Our physics secondary education program allows you to graduate with a physics - secondary education degree and prepares you to earn license to teach! Providing you with many opportunities, opening the door for both industry and teaching. Appalachian's Physics - Secondary Education degree helps prepare students to feel confident in teaching basic physics, applied physics, instruction and lab design, computer and software use, as well as other STEM courses.
There is high demand for high school physics teachers and less than 50% of current physics teachers have a degree in the field. Last spring one of our students was offered five teaching positions before graduation!
- Secondary School Teacher, Physics
- Adult Education Teacher
- Curriculum Specialist
- Education and Training Administrator
- Educational Administrator
- Educational Researcher
- Employee Training Instructor
- Grant Writer
- Instructor, College/University
For more information about a career in physics secondary education, visit the App's Career Center.
Core courses include:
- General Physics I & II (PHY 1103/1104) or Analytical Physics I & II (PHY 1150/1151)
- Intermediate Physics I & II (PHY 2010/2020)
- Physics Laboratory Techniques and Data Analysis (PHY 2210)
- Modern Physics (PHY 3210)
- Physics Instruction Practicum (PHY 3400)
- Instructional Assistance (PHY 3520)
- Methods of Experimental Physics (PHY 4210)
Additional curriculum includes courses in biology, geology, chemistry, mathematics and additional teacher preparation courses. Visit the physics secondary education program of study for more details.
The physics secondary education program is designed to help future teachers feel confident and comfortable teaching laboratory, general physics, modern technology and more!