Faculty Top of Page

Peter Cook, Assistant Professor
Lisa Shepard, Senior Lecturer

Physics Program Description Top of Page

The physics minor is a strong complement to students pursuing biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, or mathematics. Topics of study include mechanics, electricity, magnetism, thermodynamics, waves, optics and quantum mechanics.

The physics teaching minor prepares students for certification to teach high school physics. Students pursing this option also must meet the professional educational requirements offered by UW-Superior's Educational Leadership Department.

Student Learning Outcomes Top of Page

  1. Students demonstrate a command of acts, theories and concepts of physics and are able to use this knowledge for problem solving and the development and understanding of higher-level physical concepts.
  2. Students safely perform experiments to verify and develop physical models/theories and usefully record their feelings.
  3. Students use information or work from a variety of sources and evaluate its quality.

Physics Minor Requirements Top of Page

21 total credits

Required courses (10 credits required):

Calculus-Based Physics I -- 5.00 credits


Algebra-Based Physics I -- 4.00 credits


Calculus Applications in Introductory Physics I -- 1.00 credits

Calculus-Based Physics II -- 5.00 credits


Algebra-Based Physics II -- 4.00 credits


Calculus Applications in Introductory Physics II -- 1.00 credits

Physics Elective required courses (11 credits required):

Physic courses numbered 300 or higher (PHYS 300 and NSED 339 will not count in this area) PHYS 375 is recommended

Math Required courses (8 credits required):

Calculus and Analytic Geometry I -- 4.00 credits
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II -- 4.00 credits

May substitute CHEM 345/347 for five of the upper level credits.

Physics Teaching Minor (EA-A) Top of Page

Students desiring licensure to teach physics at the early adolescence through adolescence level must complete the Physics minor described above as well a teachable major field of study. All Secondary Education students must also meet the Professional Education Requirements (see the Secondary Education information under the Teacher Education section of this catalog) including completed of NSEd 339 Teaching Science in the Secondary Schools. Course work in chemistry, physics, and earth sciences is recommended in preparation for the Praxis II exams. See advisor for recommended classes.