Department of Biological Sciences

Bachelor of Science—Physics

All students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Physics with the Teacher Education option must complete I, II, and III.C below, and the foreign language/global issues requirement for the major#. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

In accordance with the Illinois State Board of Education licensure rules, all candidates seeking teacher licensure are required by Western Illinois University to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all directed General Education courses, all core courses, and all courses in the option. Note a “C-” is below a “C”.

  1. General Education Curriculum: 43 or 55 s.h.
    Option A Standard Physics: University General Education and College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Requirements—55 s.h.
    Option B Engineering Physics: University General Education Curriculum— 43 s.h. 
    Option C Teacher Education: University General Education Curriculum— 43 s.h.
  2. Core Courses: 15 s.h.
    PHYS 211, 212, 213, 214
  3. Options of Study (select A, B, or C)
    C.         Science/Physics—Teacher Education
    1. Special Courses: 38 s.h.
      1. BIOL 101, 281, 481: 8 s.h.
      2. CHEM 201, 202: 8 s.h.
      3. GEOL 110: 4 s.h.
      4. BIOL/GEOL 181; PHYS/GEOG 182: 8 s.h.
      5. PHYS 427, 428, 482†: 10 s.h.
    2. Departmental Electives: Upper-Division Physics Electives: 6 s.h.
    3. Science Electives
      Any additional mathematics or science courses leading to additional endorsements in mathematics or science (MATH, BIOL, BOT, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, MICR, ZOOL)
    4. Other: 46 s.h.
      1. EDUC 239, 339, 439, 469: 3 s.h.
      2. EIS 202, 301, 303 (2 s.h.), 304 (1 s.h.), 305, 401: 13 s.h.
      3. MATH 133, 134, 231: 12 s.h.
      4. ENG 366: 2 s.h.
      5. SPED 210 and 390: 4 s.h.
      6. STCH 480: 12 s.h.

# The foreign language/global issues graduation requirement may be fulfilled by successfully completing one of the following: 1) a designated foreign language requirement [see Foreign Language/Global Issues Requirement]; 2) a General Education global issues course; 3) any major’s discipline-specific global issues course; or 4) an approved Study Abroad program.

† PHYS 482 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Disciplines (WID) graduation requirement for the Science/Physics— Teacher Education option.