Physical Science (B.S.) (Secondary Teaching Certification, Chemistry or Physics Emphasis)

Southwestern Adventist University’s Department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences offers two courses of study leading to Secondary Teacher Certification in Physical Science. One major has an emphasis in Physics and the other has an emphasis in Chemistry. These programs are done in conjunction with Southwestern Adventist University’s Education Department. Students must make a formal application for admittance to its Teacher Education Program. Completion of the requirements for the Physical Science with a Chemistry emphasis major in addition to the completion of the Education Department’s Professional Development block of courses for Secondary Teacher Certification is required for meeting the requirements of this Physical Science degree.

Students trained as secondary school teachers of Chemistry will receive the preparation needed to inspire a new generation to pursue careers in the physical sciences. Currently, there is a shortage of graduates with this kind of academic preparation. National interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) areas has highlighted the need for graduates with this kind of academic preparation. 

Job Outlook

Employment of high school teachers is expected to grow by seven percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Overall growth is expected due to declines in student-to-teacher ratios and increases in enrollment. However, employment growth will vary by region. It should also be noted that these trends are also influenced by academic major.

Earnings

Earning potential is also affected by geographic location and by whether one pursues a career in industry, academia or in a government-related organization. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is a part of the United States Department of Labor, reports that the 2012 median pay for high school teachers was $55,050 per year.

Educational Qualifications

Bachelor degree candidates are generally qualified for entry-level positions in most career fields. Getting a graduate and professional degree will significantly increase the earning potential of the holder of a first degree.

To view general educa on requirements for this major please visit catalog.swau.edu/Undergraduate/2017-2018

CHEM 111 General Chemistry I........................................4

CHEM 112 General Chemistry II.......................................4

CHEM 201 Research Methods in the Physical Sciences......1

CHEM 231 Organic Chemisttry I........................................4

CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry II........................................4

CHEM 341 Physical Chemistry I........................................4

CHEM 431 Biochemistry I.................................................3

CHEM 432 Biochemistry I Lab...........................................1

CHEM 462 Inorganic Chemistry........................................3

CHEM 475 Research Methods in Chemistry......................4

PHYS 112 Introductory Astronomy..................................4

PHYS 121 General Physics I.............................................4

PHYS 122 General Physics II............................................4

PHYS 221 General Physics with Calculus I.......................1

PHYS 222 General Physics with Calculus II......................1

PHYS 311 Modern Physics...............................................3

Electives upper division ..................................................3

TOTAL: 52

 

Requirements for Secondary Education Certification

EDUC 254 Intro to the Teaching Profession....................... 3

EDUC 263 Religion in the SDA School................................3

EDUC 312 Educational Psychology......................................3

EDUC 326 Exceptional Children ..........................................3

EDUC 350 Educational Technology .....................................3

EDUC 416 Legal and Philosophical Foundations...............3

EDUC 434 Classroom Assessment........................................3

EDUC 436 Classroom Management.....................................3

EDUC 440 Integrating Learning Styles.................................3

EDUC 465 Directed Teaching................................................2

EDUC 475 Directed Teaching................................................2

EDUC 485 Directed Teaching................................................2

PSYC 220 Human Growth and Development....................3

EDUC 422 Adolescent Psychology........................................3

EDUC 450 Teaching in the Secondary School.....................3 

TOTAL: 42

 

First Year

First Semester

CHEM 111—General Chemistry I............................................4

RLGN—Religion Elective ...........................................................3

ENG 120—Freshman Composition..........................................3

KINA—Physical Activity Elective..............................................1

UNIV 110—Principles of Active Learning...............................1

CSIS 110—Principles of Computer Programming I ..............3

TOTAL:​ 15

Second Semester

CHEM 112—General Chemistry II ..........................................4

MATH 181—Calculus I ..............................................................4

COMM 111—Speech ..................................................................3

PHYS 112—Introductory Astronomy ......................................4

Social/Behav. Sci.Elective ..........................................................3

TOTAL:​ 18

Second Year

PHYS 121—General Physics I ...................................................4

PHYS 221—General Physics with Calculus I ..........................1

ENGL 220—Research Writing...................................................3

Social/Behav. Sci.Elective ..........................................................3

EDUC 263—Religion in the SDA School .................................3

KINT 111—Health and Wellness...............................................3

TOTAL:​ 17

PHYS 121—General Physics II ..................................................4

PHYS 221—General Physics with Calculus II.........................1

CHEM 201—Research Methods in the Physical Sciences .....1

EDUC 254—Introduction to Teaching.....................................3

RLGN 230—History of S.D.A Church ......................................3

PSYC 220—Human Growth and Development ......................3

TOTAL:​ 15

Third Year

CHEM 231—Organic Chemistry I............................................4

PHYS 311—Modern Physics......................................................3

ENGL—English Literature Elective...........................................3

EDUC 312—Educational Psychology ........................................3

RLGN 101—Christian Beliefs ....................................................3

TOTAL:​ 16

CHEM 232—Organic Chemistry II ..........................................4

CHEM 462—Inorganic Chemistry ...........................................3

EDUC 326—Exceptional Children ...........................................3

EDUC 350—Educational Technology ......................................3

EDUC 322—Adolescent Psychology.........................................3

TOTAL:​ 16

Fourth Year

CHEM 431—Biochemistry I ......................................................3

CHEM 432—Biochemistry I Lab ..............................................1

CHEM 341 —Physical Chemistry 1..........................................4

EDUC 416—Legal and Phil. Foundations................................3

EDUC 450—Teaching in the Secondary School......................3

EDUC 440—Int. Learn. Styles into Brain-Based Class...........3

TOTAL:​ 17

CHEM 475—Research Methods in Chemistry .......................4

RLGN—Upper Division Religion Elective ...............................3

EDUC 434—Classroom Assessment.........................................3

EDUC 436—Classroom Management ......................................3

EDUC 485—Directed Student Teaching ..................................6

TOTAL:​ 19