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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics, STEP

Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP): Physics

The Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) at Oakland University is an extended program of study leading to certification. Students in this program may complete the requirements for a B.A. degree in physics as listed below or may complete the requirements for the B.S. degree, which requires 14 additional credits. Generally, eligibility for admission to the STEP requires a GPA of 3.00 in both the major and minor, and an overall GPA of 2.80. No single major or minor course grade may be below 2.0. Second undergraduate degree candidates completing major and/or minors may be required to complete additional course work at Oakland University beyond the stated minimums.

6. Four credits of biology at or above the level of BIO 1200, excluding BIO 3000.

9. Capstone course

Additional information

A program in STEP must include either a 20-28 credit secondary teaching minor or an integrated science endorsement. Furthermore, STEP Physics majors must also complete a sequence of undergraduate course work in education to include SED 3000  (must be completed prior to STEP application), RDG 4238 , DLL 4197 , FE 3010  and SED 4100  (must be completed prior to the final internship semester).

Extended study including SE 4401 , SED 4200  and SED 4952  is also required. Further details on program and admission requirements and procedures can be found in the School of Education and Human Services portion of the catalog and by consulting advisers in the department of Physics and the School of Education and Human Services Advising Office (363 Pawley Hall, 248-370-4182).

Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP): Endorsement Concentration in Integrated Science

Students pursuing the STEP Physics major are eligible to pursue an Integrated Science endorsement. Students who complete both the STEP Physics major and the STEP Integrated Science program will be recommended for certification by Oakland University to teach the following subjects at the secondary level: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science and Physics. This program may be substituted for a secondary teaching minor.


STEP physics majors should note that many of the courses listed above may have already been taken in the process of completing the STEP physics major.

A cumulative grade point average of 3.00 is required in courses in the program, with no single course grade below 2.0. Second undergraduate degree candidates completing the program may be required to take additional courses at Oakland University beyond the stated minimums. Students must consult with the STEP physics adviser.

Additional Information

In addition to these major requirements, students must complete the Oakland University General Education Requirements  and an appropriate number of free elective classes to meet the overall credit requirement for the degree (in most cases 124; some degrees may require a greater number).