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MSIS in Physics Education

Physics in the Rapidly Changing World

New developments in Physics have been occurring everyday and the field is being rejuvenated due to newest discoveries. More and more companies are looking for applicants with increasingly sophisticated skills in Physics. As the pace of advances in science and technology accelerates, Physics education has become increasingly important in areas of science and its applications. Furthermore, the Rio Grande Valley is experiencing a shortage of qualified Physics teachers in the public schools and community colleges.

Graduate Program of Study

The Department of Physics & Geology offers 36-hour program leading to a Mater of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (MSIS) in Physics education with thesis and non-thesis options. These options are designed to prepare students in their pursuit of further professional development and for interdisciplinary graduate studies in their area of concentration in physics.
Note: All the prospective students must have science background to enroll into MSIS in physics education program. Requirements: 16-18hours of physics courses must be required (including PSCI 1421, PSCI1422, PHYS 1401, and PHYS 1402) for students/teachers coming from other disciplines.
All students complete a core curriculum. Students in the Physics Concentration select electives from a collection of courses designed to enhance and develop further skills in science education.Courses are normally offered in the evening, Online and during the summer sessions providing greater flexibility in the offerings for part-time teachers and students. The Course descriptions as well as detailed degree requirement information concerning the graduate program can be found at the Department of Physics and Geology website located at http://www.panam.edu/dept/physci

Applications and Contact Information

Admission is possible in all semesters. Students applying for admission to this program must meet the University’s grade point average requirement and hold a bachelor-level degree and must have 16-18 hours of physics background. For further information, visit our homepage at http://www.panam.edu/dept/physci or contact:

MSIS Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Physics and Geology
The University of Texas-Pan American
1201 W. University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539
Phone: (956) 381-3521 (Main Office)
Fax: (956) 381-2423

Degree Plan for MSIS in Physics Education

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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS - PAN AMERICAN COS&E 2007 MSIS Physics Degree Plan
NAME:_________________________________ Student #:___________________ DEGREE:__________________
ADDRESS:__________________________________________________________ PHONE #:_________________
EMAIL ADDRESS: ________________________ DATE OF ENTRANCE:_____________ CATALOG:___________________
Core Physics Requirements (12 Hours)      
    Courses Completed Hours Courses to be Completed Hours
PHYS 5404 Physics by Inquiry I 4 Hrs.        
PHYS 5405 Physics by Inquiry II 4 Hrs.        
PHYS 6400 Astronomy by Sight 4 Hrs.        
Electives: Non-Thesis Option (6 Hours)      
    Courses Completed Hours Courses to be Completed Hours
PHYS 6301 Topics in Phyics for Teachers 3 Hrs.        
PHYS 6302 Environmental Physics for Teachers 3 Hrs.        
PHYS 6303 Quantum Information 3 Hrs.        
GEOL 5301 Geology and Geography 3 Hrs.        
GEOL 6302 Meteorology and Oceanography 3 Hrs.        
GEOL 6410 GeoScience for Teachers 4 Hrs.        
Education (9/12 Hours)      
    Courses Completed Hours Courses to be Completed Hours
EDCI 6301 Instructional Technology 3 Hrs.        
EDCI 6302 Multicultural Education 3 Hrs.        
EDCI 6307 Research Issues and Trends in Edu. 3 Hrs.        
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EDCI 6308 Practicum for Secondary Edu. 3 Hrs.        
SCIE 6303 Recent Developmnet 3 Hrs.        
EDCI 6306 Special Projects 3 Hrs.        
EDCI 6305 Education Curriculum 3 Hrs.        
EDCI 6310 Research Methods in Education 3 Hrs.        
Mathematics (9/12 Hours)      
    Courses Completed Hours Courses to be Completed Hours
MATH 6308 Teaching Algebraic Concepts 3 Hrs.        
MATH 6310 Topics in Mathematics Teaching 3 Hrs.        
MATH 6312 Teaching in Geometric Concepts 3 Hrs.        
MATH 6390 Mathematics Seminar 3 Hrs.        
MATH 6328 Integrated Problem Solving �... 3 Hrs.        
Educational Psychology (9/12 Hours)      
    Courses Completed Hours Courses to be Completed Hours
EPSY 6330 Identifying the Gifted & Talented 3 Hrs.        
EPSY 6331 Curriculum & Materials for Gifted��. 3 Hrs.        
EPSY 6332 Creativity & the Gifted & Talented 3 Hrs.        
EPSY 6333 Counseling for the Gifted & Talented 3 Hrs.        
EPSY 6342 Seminars in Gifted Education 3 Hrs.        
TOTAL HOURS MINIMUM
36 Hrs.
 
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