Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education
Physics Education Track
Students with strong background in Physics may consider Physics
Education track, a program designed in collaboration with the
Department of Physics & Astronomy.
Student formally enroll in either Education or Physics & Astronomy
(the "host department"), which is responsible for monitoring and
guiding the student's progress and for providing financial, academic
and professional support and guidance.
The requirements meld those of Education with those of Physics &
Astronomy, including a minimum of ten courses as follows. (Any
exceptions or substitutions must be approved by the student's
- One semester of classical mechanics, Physics 131;
- One semester of electricity and magnetism, Physics 145;
- One semester of quantum mechanics, Physics 163;
- One semester of statistical mechanics, Physics 153.
- One semester introduction to science education, Education
- One semester of cognitive development, Education 130;
- One education foundations course (Group
- One course (2 semesters) of proseminar in education.
- Two additional graduate-level courses from the student's
host department, selected in consultation with the student's
Completion of the course requirements shall satisfy the
requirements for a Master's degree, in STEM Education or in Physics
& Astronomy, with a transcript notation of "Major Education: Physics
Education" or "Major Physics: Physics Education."
Students who wish to pursue the doctorate must fulfill additional
Physics proficiency: Students must demonstrate proficiency in four
core fields of physics: classical mechanics, classical
electromagnetism, statistical mechanics, and quantum mechanics,
either by achieving grades of A or better in the core physics
courses or through special examinations in those fields. Students
whose average grade in classical mechanics (131) and classical
electromagnetism (145) is at least A (3.67) will be exempt from the
examinations in both subjects. Similarly students whose average
grade in statistical mechanics (153) and quantum mechanics (163) is
at least A (3.67) will be exempt from the examinations in both of
Students also complete
- An oral qualifying examination, including topics in physics
and in education, ordinarily in the 3rd year following the
completion of core courses, and
- A written dissertation proposal, which they present orally
to the program advisory committee, ordinarily in the 4th year,
followed by the dissertation.
- A dissertation, ordinarily in the 5th year.
Graduates will have notations on their transcripts of "Major
Education: Physics Education" or "Major Physics: Physics Education,"
depending on the host department.