Students interested in teaching science in secondary schools (grades 7-12) obtain a degree in the content area they wish to teach (coursework in the content area is supplemented by seven courses in education and a semester of student teaching).
  • Bachelor Science in Physics
  • Bachelor of Arts in General Science**
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology*
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry*

Graduates are then eligible for Pennsylvania teacher certification in the program area for grades 7-12 (dependent on grade point average and qualifying score on teacher examination).

The following is a rough correspondence between typical secondary (grades 7-12) courses and the certification type needed to teach that course.

  • 7th grade life science: General Science, Biology*
  • 8th grade physical science: General Science, Chemistry*, Physics
  • 9th grade earth science: General Science, Earth and Space Science**
  • 10th grade biology: Biology*
  • 11th grade chemistry: Chemistry*
  • 12th grade physics: Physics

*Chemistry and Biology certifications (marked by an asterisk) are overseen by the biology and chemistry departments, respectively.

**Students interested in Earth and space science certification should pursue the General Science major and Earth and Space Science minor.

Students interested in teaching science in middle school (grades 4-8) should pursue a Bachelor of Science in Mid-Level Education, with a concentration in science.

Contact Us

Please contact the Physics Department with any questions about our majors & concentrations.

Contact Information

Campus Address
Gessner Science Hall
(570) 422-3341
(570) 422-3505 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Department Chair Physics
Robert Cohen
(570) 422-3428