According to NYSED, acceptable studies for physics certification (grades 7-12) include courses in scientific methods, mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, waves, sound, light, and quantum theory and the atom. Courses in engineering and geophysics are generally applied science courses and, therefore, are not acceptable. Astronomy courses are acceptable only if the primary focus is on the mathematics of gravitational attraction between astral bodies.
Stony Brook University has determined that the courses on the list below meet the NYSED guidelines for professional license in this certification content area. Some multi-disciplinary courses will require that you complete and submit the NYSED Course Verification Form to SPD. For those courses, we have provided a link to the form, which should be submitted only upon satisfactory completion of the course. Courses with departmental subject codes (e.g., PHY) may also be valid for the content area.
You may request review of any course that is not on this list.
CEB 545 The Nature of Science
CEB 586 Differentiated Instruction in Science and Math
CEI 544 The Mystery of Matter: From Quarks to the Cosmos
CEY 508 Living With Radiation*
*Denotes course that is regularly offered online.
Note: The information contained on this page is valid as of 5/15/13.
of Student Responsibility
Students themselves—whether new, returning, or continuing—are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and adhering to their degree and/or certificate program requirements. (SPD’s Non-matriculating [non-degree] Graduate Students [GSP] are responsible for adhering to the guidelines related to non-matriculated status.) All SPD students are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and complying with University and SPD regulations, policies, and procedures, as described in all official publications, the University website, and the SPD website, including, but not limited to, SPD’s online references, the SPD Bulletin and SPD Academic Calendar.