UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Degree Requirements

Physical Science Major

Physical Science: 58-60 cr. hrs.
(Physics and Chemistry)

For Secondary Education Students
Wisconsin License: Early Adolescence - Adolescence, Physical Science (637), Chemistry (610), Physics (625)


MATH 167 Calculus II 4 cr.

PHYS 121 Algebra-Based Physics I 5 cr. & 
PHYS 122 Algebra-Based Physics II 5 cr.
Or
PHYS 131 Calculus-Based Physics II 5 cr. & 
PHYS 132 Calculus-Based Physics II 5 cr.
PHYS 264 Modern Physics 4 cr.
PHYS 311 Electronics: Circuits and Devices 4 cr.
PHYS 362 Mathematics of Physics and Engineering II 3 cr.

CHEM 111 and CHEM 116 General Chemistry I 5 cr.
CHEM 112 and CHEM 117 General Chemistry II 5 cr.

CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I 3 cr.
CHEM 236 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1 cr.
CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry II 3 cr.
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1 cr.
CHEM 250 Foundations of Analytical Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM 261 Laboratory Safety 2 cr.

Choose 6 credits from the following electives:
PHYS 204 Intermediate Physics Lab 1 cr.
PHYS 220 Science of Light 3 cr.
PHYS 250 Statics 3 cr.
PHYS 312 Electronics: Linear Integrated Circuits 4 cr.
PHYS 313 Digital Electronics 4 cr.
PHYS 318 Astrophysics 3 cr.
PHYS 331 Curriculum Physics 3 cr.

Choose one of the following electives:
CHEM 311 Polymer Chemistry 3 cr.
CHEM 322 Inorganic Chemistry 4 cr.
CHEM 340 Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems 3 cr.
CHEM 341 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics 3 cr.
CHEM 342 Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy 3 cr.
CHEM 361 Biochemistry I 3 cr. (requires BIOL 150 as prerequisite)
CHEM 461 Pharmacology 3 cr.

Teacher Education Foundation Courses:
TED 120 Intro to Education and Instructional Technology 3 cr.
TED 212 Educational Psychology:  Middle & Secondary Education 5 cr.
TED 252 Foundations of Multicultural Education (d) 3 cr.
TED 414 Development of the Transescent 4 cr.
TED 420 School & Society 3 cr.
SPED 330 Introduction to Special Education 3 cr.

Science Block Courses: (must be completed together during the same semester)
TED 434 Techniques in Science 3 cr.
TED 462 Content Area Literacy in Middle & Secondary School Science 3 cr.
TED 465 Management Strategies for the Secondary Science Classroom 3 cr.

Student Teaching:
TED 472 Student Teaching - Initial 12 cr.

Earth and Space Science Licensing:

Wisconsin License: Early Adolescence - Adolescence, Earth and Space Science (635)

An Earth and Space Science license will be earned upon completion of the coursework listed below. This additional concentration is based on 16-19 total credits of earth and space science coursework. Overlap with required and elective coursework in the major will allow for this add-on license to be completed with an additional 5-11 credits.

GEOL 269 Environmental Geology 3 cr. (completed in major)
GEOL 102 Introductory Geology Lab 1 cr. (completed in major)
ESM 302 Environmental Education Lab 1 cr. (completed in major)
PHYS 117 Astronomy 3 cr. (completed in major)
GEOL 330 Meteorology 3 cr.

Choose 2 of the following courses:
GEOL 150 Historical Geology 4 cr.
PHYS 318 Astrophysics 3 cr. (possible elective in major)
GEOL 305 Geology of the Planets 2 cr.
GEOL 441 Introduction to Geophysics 4 cr.

Recommended Supplemental Coursework:
GEOL 202 Oceanography 3 cr.
ESM 360 Hydrology and Water Quality 4 cr.