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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. Certain courses with departmental subject codes (e.g., PHY) may also be valid for the content area.


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 1/30/2014.


Statement 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. Students should keep in mind that degree requirements are separate and distinct from requirements for teacher/administrator certification and resulting initial and/or professional licenses.  Each student is responsible for reviewing, understanding and adhering to his/her certification requirements.  For further information, visit NYSED at


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