Physics

Faculty Top of Page

Peter Cook, Assistant Professor

Physics Minor Requirements Top of Page

21 total credits

Required courses (10 credits required):

Calculus-Based Physics I -- 5.00 credits

Calculus-Based Physics II -- 5.00 credits

Note: PHYS 107 & PHYS 205 together substitute for PHYS 201. PHYS 108 and PHYS 206 together substitute for PHYS 202. Special department permission required to enroll in PHYS 205 or PHYS 206.

Physics Elective required courses (11 credits required):

Physics courses numbered 301 or higher (PHYS 300 and NSED 339 will not count in this area). PHYS 375 is recommended. CHEM 345/347 count towards the upper level physics credits.

Math Required courses (8 credits required):

Calculus and Analytic Geometry I -- 4.00 credits
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II -- 4.00 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, NSEd 339, CHEM 103 or CHEM 105, and 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).  Course work in chemistry, physics, and earth sciences is recommended in preparation for licensure exams. See advisor for recommended classes.

Physics Program Description Top of Page

The physics minor is a strong complement to students pursuing biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, or mathematics majors.  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. Knowledge: Students demonstrate a command of facts, theories and concepts of physics and use this knowledge in novel situations.
  2. Laboratory Skills: Students safely perform experiments to verify and develop physical models.
  3. Communication: Students clearly explain and convince themselves and others of physical truths using the communication tools accepted by the scientific community.