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Department of Physical Sciences


MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICAL SCIENCES at ESU

All Physical Sciences Graduate Programs (pdf)

Emphasis in PHYSICAL SCIENCE TEACHING

The physical science emphasis is an option for inservice teachers or nonteaching professionals.  For teachers, the physical science emphasis is designed to provide graduate work to enhance the backgrounds of licensed chemistry, earth-space science, physics, or physical science teachers.  This degree can also be preparatory to additional graduate work at the doctoral level in science education.  A nonteaching physical science emphasis is designed to provide graduate work to those professionals for whom a broad foundation in the physical sciences is appropriate.

Admission Requirements
For inservice teachers, the required undergraduate preparation is completion of course work equivalent to the Departments’ requirements for secondary teaching licensure in chemistry, earth/space science, physics, or physical science.  For nonteaching professionals, the required preparation is a bachelors degree with similar preparation from an accredited institution.

Program Options
Two program options are available for students wishing to pursue this degree emphasis.

Program Option A is designed for those individuals who want to take the maximum number of hours of course work within the disciplines and who will be full-time graduate students during the academic year.

 

Required Courses/Degree RequirementsHours
Physical Sciences (CH, ES, GO, PH, or PS) 15-25
History of Science 2-3
     CH, PH, ES, PS Thesis hours 1-5
or  
     CH, PH, ES, PS Research hours 1-3
Minimum hours required, thesis option 30
Minimum hours required, research report option 32

Approved electives, if needed, to bring the total hours to 30 (for thesis) or 32 (for research report) will be decided by the graduate committee and candidate.

Program Option Bis designed for those individuals who want to do course work within the disciplines and also gain additional competence in science education techniques and curriculum development. This program is specifically designed to be completed during summer sessions.

Required Courses/Degree RequirementsHours
History of Science 2-3
PS 768 Workshop in Physical Science Teaching 1-3
PS 801 Modern Developments in the Physical Sciences 3
Approved Electives
 
First Physical Science Discipline 12
Second Physical Science Discipline 6
Thesis Option
 
Thesis (offered under several course numbers) 3-5
ER 851 Research Design and Writing 3
Minimum hours required, thesis option 30
Research Report Option
 

Graduate Research or Research Problem (offered under several course numbers)

3-6
ER 752 Analysis of Research 3
Minimum hours required, research report option 32