Physics (Secondary Education) (BS)

The BS program in physics with a concentration in secondary education provides rigorous training in physics and in education. Physics is the cornerstone of STEM disciplines --- science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

In addition to gaining a solid foundation in physical science and mathematics, students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to enter the secondary school teaching profession as a certified physics teacher or attend graduate school for physics.

The shortage of highly qualified physics teachers in every state is an ongoing problem. This concentration is designed to produce more and better-qualified physics teachers to meet local and national needs. Graduates are recommended by the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College for certification by the State of Arizona.

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Physics (Secondary Education) (BS)
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Career Outlook

Graduates of the secondary education concentration have the flexibility to select from jobs in diverse fields. The combination of science and education curriculum provides a range of career choices, such as:

  • business
  • engineering
  • materials science
  • secondary education

They can also choose to pursue graduate studies in:

  • astronomy
  • education
  • engineering
  • medicine
  • physics

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Computer Programmers
Natural Sciences Managers 9.9%$118,970
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Physicists 14.5%$118,830
Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary7.9%$94,390
Biochemists and Biophysicists 11.5%$91,190
Software Developers

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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