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2021/2022 University Catalog 
2021/2022 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Science, B.A. in Applied Arts and Sciences

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(Major Code: 19011) (SIMS Code: 777303)

In preparation for the Single Subject Teaching Credential in Science/Physical Science

All candidates for a degree in applied arts and sciences must complete the graduation requirements listed in the section of the catalog on “Graduation Requirements .” Candidates may complete one of their two American Institutions courses at the upper division level or satisfy the California state and local government portion of American Institutions by passing the California Government examination available through the Testing Services office. 

A minor is not required for this major.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Passing the Writing Placement Assessment with a score of 10 or completing one of the approved upper division writing courses (W) with a grade of C (2.0) or better. See “Graduation Requirements ” section for a complete listing of requirements.

Additional Requirements for Teaching in California

In order to teach science and physics in California public schools, candidates must also complete a fifth-year, post-baccalaureate program to earn a single subject teaching credential. Completion of the physical science major provides the breadth needed for teaching interdisciplinary science in middle school and high school, as well as the depth needed for teaching physics in high school. It also prepares candidates to pass the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) required for entry into a post-baccalaureate credential program. See the Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education and/or the School of Teacher Education for additional requirements needed to enter a California fifth-year program.

Additional Requirements for Subject Matter Preparation Certification

Satisfactory Grades

At most one course with a C- or lower among the courses listed under Preparation for the Major, and at most one course with a C- or lower among the courses listed under the Major. If a course is repeated, the highest grade will count.

Formative Assessment

Completion of a satisfactory, preliminary portfolio two semesters prior to graduation. Contact the subject matter preparation adviser for information.

Summative Assessment

Completion of a satisfactory, final portfolio and a positive recommendation from the instructor of PHYS 357 .

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