Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


Science Education (SCE) with a concentration in Physics Education (BSY)

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.A. or B.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 13.1316

College of Education


Major Description

Science Education explores educational foundations and methods to prepare educators in middle and secondary schools. It also explores the theory and practice of teaching science education. The objective is to prepare reflective and caring educators for a career in middle and high schools.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • EDF X005 Introduction to the Teaching Profession (3)

Other state mandated program prerequisites:

  • For Biology Teacher Education
    • Biology I and II with Labs:
      • BSC X010/X010L and BSC X011/X011L or BSC X010C and BSC X011C (8)
    • Chemistry with Lab or Physics with Lab:
      • CHM X045/X045L or PHY X048/X048L or PHY X053/X053L or CHM X045C or PHY X048C or CHM X046/X046L or PHY X049/X049L or PHY X054/X054L or CHM X046C or PHY X049C (8)
    • Calculus I:
      • MAC X311 Calculus I or MAC X241 (4)

    For Chemistry Teacher Education
    • Chemistry with Lab:
      • CHM X045/X045L and CHM X046/X046L(8)
    • Physics with Lab:
      • PHY X048/X048L and PHY X049/X049L or PHY X053/X053L and PHY X054/X054L or PHY X048C and PHY X049C or PHY X053C and PHY X054C (8)
    • Calculus I:
      • MAC X311 Calculus I (4)

    For Physics Teacher Education
    • Physics with Lab:
      • PHY X048/X048L and PHY X049/X049L or PHY X048C and PHY X049C (8)
    • Chemistry with Lab:
      • CHM X045/X045L and CHM X046/X046L or CHM X045C and CHM X046C (8)
    • Calculus:
      • MAC X311, MAC X312, MAC X313 (4)

A minimum of 6 semester hours with an international or diversity focus is required.

Eligible courses will be determined by the community college or university where the student is currently earning the Associate in Arts or baccalaureate degree. Foreign language courses may be used to meet this requirement.

Total Major Hours: 60 Hours

Major Core Courses - 32 Hours

Professional Education Core for all Science Education Concentrations

  • EDF 3214 Human Development and Learning
  • EDF 3604 Schools and Society
  • EDF 4430 Measurement for Teachers
  • EEX 4070 Integrating Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom
  • ESE 4322 Classroom Management for Diverse Schools and Society
  • SCE 4936 Senior Seminar in Science Education
  • SCE 4940 Internship: Science Education
  • SCE 4945 Practicum in Secondary Science Education
  • TSL 4324 ESOL Competencies and Strategies

Concentration Core

Required Supporting Courses for the Concentration (28 credit hours)

The following courses are prerequisites and supporting courses for this major. They are required for the major, but are not counted in the total hours for this major. The degree will not be awarded if these courses have not been taken by the end of the student’s final semester.

Students must receive a C- or better to meet the major requirements.

Concentration Core Courses - 28 Hours

Specialization (16 credit hours):

Teaching Methods Courses (12 credit hours):

  • SCE 4320 Teaching Methods in Middle Grades Science I
  • SCE 4330 Methods of Secondary Science Education
  • SCE 4305 Communication Skills in the Science Classroom
  • SCE 4863 Science, Technology, Society Interaction


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