Subject Matter Program (Physics)
The Science Subject Matter Program in physics is designed to meet the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) subject matter requirement for students to enter a California Single Subject teaching credential program. Meeting the subject matter requirement is a credential program admission requirement, and can be met either through a subject matter program (such as those described below) or by taking a state approved content exam (currently the California Subject Exam for Teachers, the CSET). In order to meet the subject matter obtain a California K-12 Teaching Credential, a program requirement, all courses must be completed with a grade of "C-" or better. In order to teach public school in California, you must also complete a teaching credential program.
Subject matter programs are not degrees or concentrations; instead they are a series of courses that allow a student to meet the requirements for admission to a teaching credential program. Students must also complete a BA or BS degree (with any major) to fulfill the credential requirements.
Science majors who intend to pursue a teaching credential should see a faculty advisor or the department chair in the department of their academic major. It is recommended that they do so early as it is critical that their science coursework be carefully planned and coordinated to include the required subject matter program courses. In addition, students are encouraged to become involved with education related activities like grading, assisting in labs, tutoring K-12 students, and visiting schools; please speak with the subject matter advisors in your area for more information.
|ASTR 4A||Introduction to the Solar System||3|
|ASTR 4B||Introduction to Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology 1||3|
& BIO 2
|Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology|
Cells, Molecules and Genes 1
|4 - 10|
|or BIO 10|
& BIO 15L
| Basic Biological Concepts|
Laboratory Investigations in Biology
|CHEM 1A||General Chemistry I 1||5|
|CHEM 1B||General Chemistry II||5|
|ENVS 10||Introduction to Environmental Science 1||3|
|GEOL 10||Physical Geology 1||3|
|PHYS 11A||General Physics: Mechanics 1||4|
|PHYS 11B||General Physics: Heat, Light, Sound, Modern Physics||4|
|PHYS 11C||General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism||4|
|PHYS 106||Introduction to Modern Physics||3|
|PHYS 115||Electronics and Instrumentation||4|
Course also satisfies General Education (GE)/Graduation Requirement.