Adolescence Education: Physics (7-12) Major

Develop a versatile background in the principles of physics, applied mathematics, computer skills and electronic equipment by joining the largest teacher education program in the Northeastern United States. With distinguished faculty and a department eager to see you excel, you will be on your way to New York state certification to teach physics in grades 7-12.

Career Potential

  • Physics teacher (7-12)
  • Graduate study in higher education
  • Technical specialist

What Will I Learn?

  • Learn about successful classroom teaching
  • Explore the nature of the adolescent learner
  • Develop teaching strategies for pupils whose interests and abilities vary widely
  • Integrate educational theory with best teaching practices

Special Features

  • You’ll study and work in state-of-the-art classrooms and teaching laboratories as well as a new 41-seat digital projection planetarium.

Youth making wind turbines with the Physics Club

Get Involved

College is more than a classroom. There are plenty of opportunities to participate in research projects with faculty or engage with your fellow students.

Student Clubs

Honor Societies

Sigma Pi Sigma, Physics Honor Society

Next Steps

Contact Us

Office: Bowers Hall, Room 144
Phone: 607-753-2821
Fax: 607-753-4973

Fast Facts

  • SUNY Cortland is the first institution in the 64-campus SUNY system to operate all of its facilities using 100 percent renewable electrical energy.
  • SUNY Cortland has the largest teacher education program in the Northeastern United States and the ninth largest in the country.

Type of Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Credit Hours: 120-123


We recognize excellence in our students with awards and scholarships.

  • William Joseph Phelps ’69 Award
  • Outstanding Senior Physics Major Award
  • Kendall Reynolds Memorial Scholarship in Physics

See all scholarship opportunities

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