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Science Education: Physics (6-12)

The Osprey Map provides a term-by-term sample schedule for each undergraduate academic program at the University of North Florida. It is designed to guide students in the selection of courses each term. The "Mile Marker" courses are those courses that should be completed before or by the end of that term. Following the sample schedule, and completing the mile marker courses at the appropriate point of your undergraduate career, will facilitate graduation in four years. The term-by-term model assumes full-time enrollment. For students enrolled part-time, the sample schedule and mile markers should be followed based on the number of credits completed. The Osprey Map should be used in consultation with an academic advisor.

The National Science Education Standards and the Florida Science Curriculum Framework and Sunshine State Standards promote the importance of an inquiry orientation in science teaching. The Physics Education program supports less "coverage" of material and increased depth of understanding, appropriate use of instructional technology, and use of strategies to promote meaningful learning by all students. The science education programs emphasize a sound background in the instructional processes that help future teachers to justify and modify what they do in the classroom. In accordance with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) recommendations, they give teachers of each content area a general science background, as well as a specialized content emphasis. Visit the Physics Tab on the Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum: Undergraduate Programs webpage for additional information and for a complete list of prerequisites.

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Students should refer to their personalized Degree Evaluation provided by an academic advisor and to other university resources for additional university and college-specific policies.
Visit the undergraduate university catalog for more information.

Summer terms may be utilized to facilitate graduation in four years.

  • Visit the university catalog for a list of General Education requirements. An Associate in Arts (AA) degree from a Florida public university, state college or community college satisfies UNF general education and Gordon Rule requirements. Math selection is contingent upon appropriate placement score, the student's major and credit received through accelerated mechanisms (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Dual Enrollment, etc). General Education course work must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
  • Students are encouraged to speak with College of Education faculty directly regarding questions about the teaching profession.
  • Admission into the College of Education and Human Services requires a minimum of 60 semester hours or a state of Florida AA degree with a grade point average of 2.50 or better and passing scores on all four parts of the General Knowledge (GK) test by Term 5. Program admission requires a decision by a college administrator or faculty. Students are not guaranteed admission into this program, and can not continue taking classes in Term 5 (61-75 hours) until admitted into this program. Find specific admission criteria for this program on your Degree Evaluation, college website, university catalog or consult your academic advisor. For more information visit the Office of Academic Support and Information Services (OASIS) webpage.
  • If preparation for MAC 2311 Calculus I is needed take MAC 1147 Precalculus. Prerequisite for CHM 2045/2045L General Chemistry I with lab is completion of CHM 1025 Introduction to Chemistry or qualifying score on chemistry placement assessment. MAC 1105 College Algebra or MAC equivalent is also an enforced prerequisite for CHM 2045/2045L. Prerequisite for PHY 2048C Calculus-Based Physics with lab is PHY 1028/1028L Introduction to Physics with lab. MAC 2311 Calculus I is also an enforced prerequisite for PHY 2048C.
  • A minimum grade of "C" is required in all course work.
  • Students must maintain a minimum GPA of a 2.50 or better for each semester they are enrolled in a teacher education program.
  • A level 2 background check (including fingerprints) done and verified by the school district in which the field/clinical experiences will be completed is required prior to the assignment of any student to a field/clinical experience. Students not cleared by the school district will not be permitted access to schools.
  • All course work including successful completion of Field Labs I and II are prerequisites for Student Internship (Term 8). Courses with field lab requirements must be completed during fall and spring terms.
  • Passing the Professional Education and Subject Area exams of the Florida Teachers Certification Exam (FTCE) is required for completion of internship and graduation.
  • Civic Literacy Requirement: Prior to graduation from a Florida state university, students must demonstrate competency in civic literacy through successful completion of a civic literacy course (AMH 2020 or POS 2041) and by achieving a passing score on an assessment. Consult an academic advisor, the university catalog and visit the Civic Literacy webpage for additional information.
  • A minimum of 120 hours (48 hours at the upper 3000/4000 level) is required for the bachelor's degree.

Term 1: Attempted Hours 0-15

Schedule Credit Hours
ENC1101 (GW) Audience and Purpose  3
EDF1005 Intro to Teaching Profession (Program Prerequisite)
(Students are required to complete a minimum of 18 hours of field-based experiences with children and youth)
Select a General Education Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3
Select a Math course (Recommend MAC1147 Precalc or MAC2311 Calculus I - Program Prerequisite, pending Math Placement Exam) 4
Total Hours: 13

Term 2: Attempted Hours 16-30

Schedule Credit Hours
ENC1143 (GW) Evidence and Style OR IDS1932 First Year IDS Writing Seminar 3
EDF2085 Intro to Diversity for Educators OR EME2040 Intro to Technology for Educators (Both are recommended courses)
(EDF2085 requires students to complete a minimum of 18 hours of field-based experiences with diverse populations of children and youth. EDF2085 also satisfies General Education, Critical Thinking-Diversity)
CHM2045 General Chemistry I (Program Prerequisite)
CHM2045L General Chemistry I Laboratory (Program Prerequisite)
MAC2311 (GM) Calculus I (If not taken in Term 1 - Program Prerequisite) 4
Total Hours: 14

Mile Marker(s)
EDF1005 Intro to Teaching Profession Minimum Grade C
MAC2311 Calculus I Minimum Grade C
CHM2045/2045L General Chemistry I with Lab Minimum Grade C

Summer 1

Schedule Credit Hours
Take General Knowledge (GK) Test. Submit test score results to Office of Academic Support and Information Services (OASIS) Building 57, Petway Hall, Room 1300.
Select a General Education Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3
CHM2046 General Chemistry II (Program Prerequisite)
CHM2046L Gen Chem II Lab (Program Prerequisite)
Total Hours: 7

Mile Marker(s)
CHM2046/2046L Gen Chem II with Lab Minimum Grade C

Term 3: Attempted Hours 31-45

Schedule Credit Hours
Select a third Gen Ed Written Communication Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3
EDF2085 Intro to Diversity for Educators OR EME2040 Intro to Technology for Educators (Both are recommended courses)
(EDF2085 requires students to complete a minimum of 18 hours of field-based experiences with diverse populations of children and youth. EDF2085 also satisfies General Education, Critical Thinking-Diversity)
PHY2048C Calculus-based Physics I (Program Prerequisite) 4
MAC2312 (GM) Calculus II 4
Total Hours: 14

Mile Marker(s)
FTCE General Knowledge Exam

Term 4: Attempted Hours 46-60

Schedule Credit Hours
PHY2049 Calculus-Based Physics II (Program Prerequisite)
PHY2049L Calculus-Based Physics II Lab (Program Prerequisite)
MAC2313 (GM) Calculus III (Coreq for PHY3101/3101L, Prereq for PHY3424C and PHY4523) 4
Select a General Education Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3
EDF3151 Educational Psychology (Transfer Juniors take EDF3151 in Term 5) 3
Total Hours: 15

Mile Marker(s)
MAC2312 (GM) Calculus II Minimum Grade C
MAC2313 (GM) Calculus III Minimum Grade C
Calculus Based Physics I with Lab
Calculus Based Physics II with Lab

Term 5: Attempted Hours 61-75

Schedule Credit Hours
Select a General Education Course, if needed (See Degree Evaluation) 3
EDG3323 The Learning Process 3
EDF3945 Field Laboratory I (Must take with EDG3323 The Learning Process) 2
PHY3101 Modern Physics
PHY3101L Modern Physics Lab
AST2002 Discovering Astronomy
AST2002L Discovering Astronomy Lab
NOTE: Transfer Juniors take EDF3151 Educational Psychology in Term 5
Total Hours: 16

Mile Marker(s)
General Education Requirements

Term 6: Attempted Hours 76-90

Schedule Credit Hours
PHY3424C Optics with Laboratory 4
EDF4444 Assessment of Learn/Behavior 3
EDG4410 Classroom Managment Commun 3
TSL4324 TESOL for Content Area Teacher (Requires a 35 hour ESOL field component in a secondary school) 3
Total Hours: 13

Mile Marker(s)
EDG3323 The Learning Process Minimum Grade C
EDF3945 Field Laboratory I Minimum Grade C
EDF3151 Educational Psychology Minimum Grade C
Civic Literacy Requirement

Summer 3

Schedule Credit Hours
Select a Physics Elective (See Degree Evaluation) 3
NOTE: Students prepare to take the Professional Education Certification Exam and the Physics Education (6-12) Subject Area Certification Exam. Students must attempt both exams prior to registration for Student Internship in Term 8.
Total Hours: 3

Term 7: Attempted Hours 91-105

Schedule Credit Hours
SCE4330 Special Meth:Secondary Science (Offered Fall term only) 3
EDF3946 Field Laboratory II (Must take with SCE4330 Spec Meth: Secondary Science) 2
PHY4523 Thermodyn and Statistical Mech 3
RED4333 Content Area Reading 3
Select a Physics Elective (See Degree Evaluation) 4
Total Hours: 15

Mile Marker(s)
SCE4330 Special Meth:Secondary Science Minimum Grade C
EDF4444 Assessment of Learn/Behavior Minimum Grade C
EDF3946 Field Laboratory II Minimum Grade C
EDG4410 Classroom Managment Commun Minimum Grade C
Physics Ed 6-12 Major Requirements
Physics Ed 6-12 Foundations Requirement
2.5 GPA prior to Student Internship (ESE 4943)
Professional Education Certification Exam

Term 8: Attempted Hours 106-120

Schedule Credit Hours
ESE4943 Student Internship 12
Total Hours: 12

Total Program Hours:



The Osprey Map is not a contract between the University of North Florida and the student. It should be used as a general guide for the purpose of meeting requirements and constructing course schedules. The Map may be altered periodically to meet the objectives of the academic program or the university.