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Physics (B.S.Ed.)

B.S.Ed., Physics

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

What You'll Do

Curiosity and imagination led Einstein, Newton, and Bohr to craft theories from their observations. Today, scientists put that same curiosity and imagination to work. exploring plasmas, astrophysics, lasers, semiconductors, nanoparticles, and nuclei. As a Physics Education major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you’ll take courses that will satisfy your intellectual curiosity as well as those that prepare you for a career as a teacher.

IUP has earned a reputation for excellence in teacher education. Our extensive student teaching programs will give you the skills you’ll need to lead a classroom. Our physics courses will help you unravel the mysteries behind the motions of the planets and explore the principles that govern our world.

At IUP, physics students are seen as individuals, each with his or her own potential. Our professors are dedicated to helping you reach yours.

What You'll Become

The Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Physics will prepare you for a career as a physics teacher.

Employment of school teachers is expected to grow by 12 percent in the decade between 2006 and 2016. This is expected to create 479,000 additional teacher positions nationally, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor. Science is projected to be a high-demand field for teachers.

As a physics teacher, you will guide students, helping them grasp new scientific concepts.  In this rewarding career, you will be passing on your knowledge and inspiring young minds.

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Special Features

  • IUP’s Physics Club expands social and academic opportunities for students. Members pursue research projects and go on summer internships to national research labs.
  • Scholarships and honors programs are available.
  • Sample production facilities for thin films and nanoparticles include a four-gun high-vacuum sputtering system, E-beam deposition, a class 1000 clean room, optical lithography capabilities, a range of furnaces for target production and annealing, an ellipsometer, scales, centrifuges, microscopes, and an optical microscope equipped with a CCD camera for nano materials characterization.
  • Among the equipment for physics, you’ll also find a Lakshore 2T vibrating sample magnetometer, two Netsch differential scanning calorimeters (77K to 1,500K), a home-built DC SQUID magnetometer, X-ray diffraction, a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, a deep-level transient spectrometer, an ISI Model ABT-55 electron microscope, a nanosurf scanning tunneling microscope, and facilities for Hall-Van der Pauw, resistivity, I-V, and C-V measurements.