Courses for BSc / BEd Dual Degree in Physics and Education

Below is a short description of the specialization. Please be aware the official requirements for the specialization are listed in the UBC calendar - please see the appropriate UBC Calendar section for more information.

First Year (Winter)
Communication Requirement1 6
CHEM 121, 123 (or 111, 113) 8
MATH 100-level2,4 6
PHYS 117 (101 or 107)3 3
PHYS 118, 119 (or 108, 109)3,4 4
Elective4,5 4
Total Credits 31
Second Year (Winter6)
MATH 2007, 215, 221 9
PHYS 200, 2168,9 7
PHYS 21010, 219, 229 6
Electives4,5 8
Total Credits 30
Second Year (Summer)
EDUC 31911 1
Total Credits 1
Third Year (Winter)12
EDST 403 1
EDST 401 2
LLED 360 3
MATH 3177 3
PHYS 20313, 3129 7
PHYS 309 or 31914 3
PHYS 304 3
Electives4,5,15 8
Total Credits 30
Third Year (Summer)
EDUC 39911 1
Total Credits 1
Fourth Year (Winter)12
EPSE 308 3
EDCP 352 3
EDCP 357 3
PHYS 301 3
PHYS or ASTR 300-level or higher16 9
Elective4,5,15 9
Total Credits 30
Fourth Year (Summer)
LLED 361 3
EPSE 317 3
EDST 402 1
EDST 404 1
EDUC 440 3
Total Credits 11
Fifth Year (Winter)
EDUC 315 2
EDUC 421 12
EDUC 450 3
EDUC 451 3
EPSE 310 2
EPSE 311 1
6 credits from PHYS 348, 409, or 42017 6
Total Credits 29
Fifth Year (Summer)
EDUC 452 3
Total Credits 3
Total Credits for Dual Degree 166

1A total of 6 credits of coursework is required to meet the Communication Requirement. For a full list of acceptable courses see Communication Requirement. The Faculty of Education does not accept SCIE 113 or APSC 176 to meet their English requirement, but they do accept ASTU 100, ASTU 150, WRDS 150 to be equivalent to ENGL 112. However students are required to take a minimum of 3 credits of literature coursework from ENGL 100, 110, 111, 120, 121. Some of the acceptable courses are not available for students enrolled in the Faculty of Science but might have already been taken by students that transferred to the Faculty of Science.

2One of MATH 100, 102, 104, 110, 180, 184, or 120 and one of MATH 101, 103, 105, or 121.

3Students without Physics 12 must take PHYS 100 prior to PHYS 101 or 107 or 117. Qualified students are encouraged to take PHYS 107/108/109. Students must take PHYS 117 in second year if they did not take it or PHYS 107 in first year.

4 Some course alternates have different credit value. The number of electives in each year is chosen to balance the total number of credits. However, since the number of available elective credits may not be a multiple of three, students are permitted to move elective credits between years.

5 Electives must be taken to ensure that all Faculty of Science requirements are met:
(a) At least 12 credits must be from the Faculty of Arts, which exclude credits used to satisfy the Faculty of Science Communication Requirement (see Arts Requirement).
(b) An additional 9 credits must be from Arts or Science outside the field of major (physics, astronomy or mathematics credits are therefore excluded) to satisfy the Breadth Requirement.
(c) Students without Biology 11 or 12 must take 3 credits of 100-level BIOL. For students with Biology 11 or 12 at least 3 credits must be a science course in ASTR, ATSC, BIOL, EOSC OR GEOB. (see Biology Requirement).

6Students intending to continue in any physics or astronomy specialization should be competent in MATH and PHYS. It is advisable that a student entering any specialization in physics or astronomy have a minimum average of 60% in first-year PHYS and 60% in first-year MATH. Refer to Admission to Dual Degree in Science and Education for additional admission requirements.

7 Students with sufficiently high grades in first-year MATH may take MATH 217 and 2 credits of electives instead of MATH 200 and MATH 317. In this case 3 additional upper-level science credits will be required to satisfy Faculty of Science requirements.

8 Students may opt to take PHYS 200 or PHYS 216 in third year, in exchange for an additional 3 credits of electives in second year.

9 Students considering graduate studies in Physics are advised to take PHYS 306 in addition to PHYS 216 in third year (Winter), and to replace MATH 200, 317, and PHYS 312 with MATH 217, 300, and 316.

10 Computing skills at the level of PHYS 210 are required in the specialization. With written permission of an undergraduate physics and astronomy advisor, students who already have these skills may replace PHYS 210 with 3 credits of electives.

11 EDUC 319 and EDUC 399 are one-week and two-week teaching practica, respectively, during the month of May in Year 2 and Year 3. Successful completion of EDUC 319 and EDUC 399 are normally required to continue in the B.Ed. program.

12 Consultation with a Physics departmental advisor is recommended before entering third and fourth year.

13 CHEM 304 may replace PHYS 203.

14 Note it is possible to take  both PHYS 309 and PHYS 319  since these are not credit excluded. If both are taken, the extra 3 credits can be used towards the upper level PHYS/ASTR electives.

15 MATH 302, 307, 308, 309, 312, 313 and 342 are recommended mathematics electives for students who are interested in teaching mathematics.

16 PHYS 306 and PHYS 401 or 408 are recommended for students considering graduate study in physics. Some courses intended for Honours students require approval from appropriate instructor(s).

17 Note it is possible to take more than 6 credits from PHYS 348, 409, 420 since these are not credit excluded. Excess credits can be used towards the 9 credits of PHYS/ASTR 300-level and above courses.

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