Physics Teaching (Purdue degree)Offered by: Department of Physics Students who complete this program have all of the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career as a high school physics teacher. Physics teachers are in great demand nationwide.
Why choose this program?
Undergraduates will find that they have the unique opportunity to work closely with faculty as they complete their degree. Students majoring in physics consolidate their undergraduate studies by putting what they have learned to use in a capstone experience in one of the department’s research laboratories. Each student joins a member of the faculty in a project that provides experience in a professional setting.
What will you learn?
Physics is the study of matter and energy, from the smallest scale, as in the study of elementary particles, to the largest, as in the study of the formation and evolution of stars and galaxies. In this sense, physics is the science that underlies all other sciences.
Developments in basic physics drive technology, and technology helps physicists discover nature’s secrets.
Physicists tend to view themselves as problem solvers, especially those problems that can be couched in mathematical terms. Physics students are trained to solve complex problems by learning to analyze complex relationships in mathematical terms.
What will you do?
Students who complete this program have all of the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career as a high school physics teacher. After passing the professional exams offered by the state, they will be fully certified to teach. Like all physics majors, students in this program learn physics, mathematics, and the habits of mind that make them thorough professionals. Physics teachers are in great demand nationwide. Students earning their teaching certification in physics can easily find jobs almost anywhere in the country, and experienced physics teachers make more than many people think. The national average salary for physics teachers is over $50,000.
Opportunities provide inspiration for physics majorMilad Pourrahmani Physics, Undergraduate