The Department of Physics and Astronomy participates in the interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science which is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for the Single Subject credential in Science. The program is described earlier in this chapter. In addition, the department offers the supplementary authorization in physics , described below, for holders of a Single Subject teaching credential in another field. Interested students should contact advisers in both the department and the Charter College of Education. Refer to the undergraduate Charter College of Education section of the Academic Programs: College-based and University-wide chapter for regulations governing all credential programs.
Supplementary Authorization for Single Subject Teaching Credential (32 units)
Holders of a Single Subject teaching credential issued by the state of California may supplement that credential with an authorization in physics for teaching physics at any grade level through grade 12 or in classes organized primarily for adults by completing the following program with a grade of C or higher in each course. The course work must include one year sequence of courses in at least two of the subject areas. At least one of the courses must include a laboratory component. For other requirements governing issuance of this authorization, consult the Charter College of Education.
Complete or demonstrate proficiency in the following (32 units):
General Physics (4,4,4,4,4)
Modern Physics (3)
MATH 206, 207
Calculus I-II (4,4)
Principals of Astronomy - Laboratory (1)
In addition to the above courses, an astronomy course–such as ASTR 151 is strongly recommended.