2014-2015 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Sep 23, 2021  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Science Education-Physics (Dual), BS

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Arts and Sciences/Education (Dual)

Arts and Sciences contact:

Shruti Viswanathan, Director of Academic Advising and Counseling, 329 Hall of Languages, 315-443-3150.

Education contacts:

Pam Hachey (pkhachey@syr.edu) or Carol Radin (cvradin@syr.edu), Assistant Directors of Academic Advising, Office of Academic and Student Services,111 Waverly Avenue, Suite 230; 315-443-9319.

In order to graduate with eligibility to apply for New York State teacher certification in the secondary (7-12) academic areas of English, mathematics, science, social studies, or Spanish dual enrollment with the School of Education is required. Completion of all College of Arts and Sciences requirements (including the Liberal Arts Core with courses from specific categories and a major in one of the listed content areas), combined with 36-39 credits of education courses (including methods and student teaching), for a total of 123-126 credits, are required. Some students may need to complete total program credits that are slightly greater than 126. In addition, completion of New York State testing and other certification requirements apply. Please see the following detailed information.

The dual programs for prospective teachers provide a broad general education (the Liberal Arts Core of the College of Arts and Sciences), depth in the content area to be taught, and professional coursework and field experiences focusing on the skills and knowledge necessary to teach students from diverse backgrounds and with varying abilities.

Students in the dual programs complete a program of study offered jointly by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education: English education; mathematics education; science education (biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics); social studies education, or Spanish education. Students also complete the requirements for a College of Arts and Sciences major in the subject area.

Within the Liberal Arts Core, major, and/or electives, students must include one course from the following:

  • mathematics (MAT 112  may not meet this requirement) (3 credits)
  • history (3 credits)
  • social science course other than history or psychology (3 credits)
  • arts and culture/HOA or HOM, or other approved humanities course focusing on one or more of the arts (3 credits)
  • humanities course other than arts and culture or HST (3 credits)
  • approved humanities or social science course with non-Western content (list is available from the education advisor. English, Social Studies and Spanish Education students complete this as part of their major in the subject area.) (3 credits)

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

All programs meet the academic requirements for New York State initial adolescent certification to teach grades 7-12 in the specified subject. Successful completion of certification examinations is also required for New York State teacher certification.

A core of professional requirements shared by all of these is as follows. Additional liberal arts, professional, and other requirements are described on page two of this section. More detailed information is available from the program coordinator.

Professional Education Core

(Including Requirements Other than Courses)

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

The Professional Core Requires:


* EDU 304  and RED 326  should be taken after EDU 204 . EDU 204  may be taken as early as the second semester of first year. All must be taken before the final professional semester. EDU 310  may be taken before, or after (extra semester) professional semesters.

Candidacy Semester

(fall of the senior year)

The semesters of registration listed are for students completing the program in four years. Others would adjust accordingly, with the candidacy and second professional semester as late in the program as possible.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in the specific program; development of an acceptable professional portfolio (reviewed during the fall prior to the candidacy semester); a minimum 3.0 cumulative average, and 3.0 in both required education and in content (subject matter) courses; completion of EDU 204  and EDU 304 , RED 326 , and the number of content courses required by the program; and appropriate progress toward meeting all of the program assessment proficiencies and dispositions.

Standard Student Teaching Semester

(spring of the senior year)

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

Additional Information

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.


A minimum of a 3.0 grade point average is required for admission to these Arts and Sciences and Education dual enrollment programs. GPA requirements for admission to the candidacy and standard student teaching semesters, and other prerequisites to these semesters are mentioned above. Additional requirements may apply to some programs.

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 at the time of application with the Program Specialist in the Department of Teaching and Leadership. Upon acceptance into a dual program, the student should also complete the official program of study form required by the College of Arts and Sciences. Students may not declare a major in an Arts and Sciences/Education program until they are accepted by the School of Education. Application should be made as soon as possible, but must be made no later than the start of the fall of the junior year by those hoping to complete the program in four years (although even then extra semesters may be necessary).

Advising and Special Services

A dually enrolled student has an advisor in each college or one advisor dually appointed to both colleges. Early contact with the education advisor is important for progress and careful planning. Contact is also required before each registration in order to have the School of Education advising hold lifted.

Students planning graduation from these programs are expected to ensure a senior check has been completed with the School of Education, in addition to similar monitoring by the College of Arts and Sciences. They also may take advantage of the job search services of the Education Career Services Office, 111 Waverly Avenue, suite 230.

Science Education-Physics


John W. Tillotson, 101 Heroy Building, 315-443-2586, jwtillot@syr.edu.

In addition to the professional education requirements, students in science education complete the Bachelor of Arts* with a major in the primary science area and the following requirements:

Core Requirements

Science education majors must complete the Liberal Arts Core curriculum with these additional specific requirements:

  • 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 (HOA or HOM or other approved humanities course focusing on one or more of the arts) (3 credits)
  • One humanities course (other than history (HST) or fine arts (HOA or HOM) (3 credits)
  • One multicultural humanities or social science course (3 credits)
  • One approved calculus course (3 credits)

Foreign Language:

One course (minimum 3 credits) in a language other than English (including American Sign Language), or equivalent competency established by examination or level three of high school study.

Science Content

Science education majors are required to complete a major of no less than 30 credits in an area chosen from biology, chemistry, earth sciences, or physics.

In addition to the major or as part of the major’s non-departmental science requirements, students must complete an introductory laboratory sequence in a second science area.


* The B.S. degree may be earned in the primary science area instead of the B.A. with the completion of additional science requirements, paperwork, and an appropriate petition.

** See specific departmental major course requirements for biology.

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