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Combined Degree Program

BA in Physics and MAT in Adolescence Education for Physics Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12)

This special combined BA/MAT degree program accommodates the needs of a select group of Harpur College students who wish to efficiently combine an undergraduate science degree with a graduate level teacher certification program. (The combined degree programs include the entire current Harpur science BA or BS degree programs and the current MAT programs in biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics, all registered with New York State Education Department.) This combined degree program saves students one semester of time relative to the separate, sequentially taken BA and MAT degrees.

The combined program provides an opportunity for a limited number of outstanding liberal arts students to graduate in five years with a science BA and an MAT degree. To be eligible for the combined program, a student must have entered Binghamton University at the beginning of the freshman year and completed the ensuing five semesters at  Binghamton University with a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or better in your major discipline and overall. (Transfer students are not eligible for the combined program, but may apply to the MAT program.)

Interested students are advised to meet with the MAT Science Education Coordinator in the Graduate School of Education and with their advisor in the Sciences Department of Harpur College at the beginning of their sophomore year to ensure that all requirements are met in a timely manner and to confirm eligibility for the combined degree option. Students fill out an intent form and submit materials informally and directly to the Graduate School of Education Combined Degree Advisor by December 15 of their junior year.

If students are granted permission to continue as a MAT student in the 5th year, a formal application is then submitted online to the Graduate School (the same as for the MAT program), at http://www2.binghamton.edu/grad-school/prospective-students/how-to-apply/index.html . As with the MAT program, letters of recommendation should preferably be from science professors familiar with the applicant's work, or from the supervisor of an extended position held by the applicant in the field of education. GRE scores should be sent to the graduate school by January 15.

What follows is a sample course sequence for the BA Physics/MAT Physics Adolescence Education combined degree program.

Physics Adolescence Education

Grades 7-12 (126 B.A. & 42 M.A.T. credits)
Sample Course Sequence Table.
 

Course

Credits

S1 PHYS 121/131
MATH 221
Gen Ed/Harpur Req
Gen Ed/Harpur Req
4
4
4
4
S2 PHYS 122/132
MATH 222
Gen Ed/Harpur Req
Gen Ed/Harpur Req
4
4
4
4
S3 PHYS 227
MATH 323
Gen Ed/Harpur Req
PHYS 323
4
4
4
4
S4 PHYS 331
Gen Ed/Harpur Req
MATH 371
Gen Ed/Harpur ReqHarpur
4
4
4
4
S5 PHYS 332
Gen Ed/Harpur Req
Gen Ed/Harpur Req
Gen Ed/Harpur Req
4
4
4
4
S6 PHYS 327
PHYS 341
MATH 471
Gen Ed/Harpur Req
4
4
4
4
S7 PHYS 421
SEC 500
SPED 500
LTRC 519
4
4
4
4

S8 Gen Ed/Harpur Req
Gen Ed/Harpur Req
SEC 593D
Undergrad elective
(Up to here fulfills requirements for graduation with the BA Physics, counting  16 cr. of courses that are counted in the undergraduate degree requirements and GPA, and also considered in the awarding of the MAT)
4
4
4
4
S9 SEC 590/591
SEC 594D
SEC 502
8
4
2
S10 PHYS 5XX
PHYS 5XX
PHYS 5XX
4
4
4
    = 154 cr.

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For more information about combined degree programs in science contact Dr. Thomas O'Brien , or 777-4877. Additional Information is also available at:http://www2.binghamton.edu/grad-school/combined-degree-program/index.html

Last Updated: 3/20/14