Graduate Degree - Physical Science - Interdepartmental - Master of Science

Physical Science - Interdepartmental - Master of Science
Program Code:
3800 Physical Science-Interdept
Program Level:
Award Type:
Master of Science
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College of Natural Science

Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
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College of Natural Science

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Physical Science - Interdepartmental - Master of Science

The Master of Science degree program with a major in Physical Science–Interdepartmental is designed for science teachers who wish to pursue graduate study in the physical sciences.  To meet the needs of practicing teachers, the courses that are required for the program are offered in the summer and on weekends.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the University and of the College of Natural Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.


Requirements for admission to the master's degree program in physical science–interdepartmental include a bachelor's degree in physics, chemistry, earth science, or physical science; teacher certification for grades 7–12; at least 3 years of teaching experience; and current employment as a teacher of physics, chemistry, earth science, or physical science at the middle or secondary school level.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Physical Science–Interdepartmental

The program is available under either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis).  For a student under Plan A, a thesis committee that consists of the student’s faculty advisor, the student’s problem director, and one other faculty member must approve the student’s program of study.

The student must complete at least 30 credits distributed as follows:

Requirements for Both Plan A and Plan B  
1. All of the following courses (20 credits):  
  ISE 861 Chemistry for Teachers 2
  ISE 862 Physics for Teachers 2
  ISE 863 Earth Science for Teachers 2
  ISE 865 Technology for Teachers 2
  ISE 866 Integrated Science for Secondary Teachers 3
  ISE 902 Frontiers in Physical Science 6
Additional Requirements for Plan A  
1. ISE 899 Master’s Thesis Research 10
  Research for the thesis involves developing laboratories and demonstrations as part of a new teaching unit and teaching that unit.  
Additional Requirements for Plan B  
1. ISE 889 Research for Inservice Teachers 10
  Research for inservice teachers requires a curriculum based project and implementation report.