Physics has long been a liberal arts field of study. The physics minor is specifically designed for the student who plans to teach high school physics. At the same time, it is a component of a liberal arts education. The courses within this minor, along with the completion of a chemistry major, prepare the student to take physics course work on the upper-undergraduate level and graduate courses that lead to a master’s degree in the teaching of physical science. Since a physics/chemistry combination is the combination most common for teachers who teach physics in Iowa, this minor especially provides a good preparation for the student who chooses this minor in conjunction with a chemistry major.
Mathematics is important in the study of physics as physical concepts are usually formulated mathematically. The study of physics allows for a wide application of the mathematics learned by students. A student majoring in mathematics, preparing to teach, recognizing that the second most common combination for teachers who teach physics in Iowa is mathematics/physics, may be interested in making course work in physics a part of his/her program of study.