Bachelor of Science in Physical Sciences, Secondary Education Minor


The Physical Sciences and Secondary Education program allows students the flexibility to focus on either chemistry or environmental science while also receiving broad training in biology, earth science, math, and physics, thus preparing the student to gain Physical Sciences licensure in Maine and teach a wide range of high school science courses. The rigor of the science curriculum also prepares students for entering the STEM workforce.

With this major, students will acquire important skills and methods for scientific research, analysis, and field work.

At a Glance

  • Routinely work one-on-one with faculty members
  • Small class size
  • Up-to-date laboratory equipment
  • Student engagement and training in modern methods and practical experience
  • Program flexibility allows students to cater to their own interests more effectively
  • Students in the Environmental Science track may participate in the Environmental Science Semester


The Bachelor of Science in Physical Sciences and Secondary Education combines broad training in the physical, chemical and environmental sciences with a minor in Secondary Education. Students choose one of two tracks: Chemistry or Environmental. This program prepares graduates to teach a variety of high school sciences: chemistry, physics, environmental science, general science and/or earth science (depending on course selections and student interests).  Additionally, students take a series of education courses for the secondary education minor, and successfully complete a semester of student teaching in their senior year.

This minor in secondary education has been approved by the State of Maine Department of Education and allows students to apply for certification as high school teachers. Students from other states should work with their secondary education advisor to secure current certification requirements for those states.

NOTE: The Physical Sciences major may not be pursued on its own; it is to be taken in combination with the Secondary Education minor.


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Johan Erikson
Johan EriksonAssociate Professor
PhD, Dartmouth College
MS, Stanford University
AB, Dartmouth College
Yi Jin Kim Gorske
Yi Jin Kim GorskeAssistant Professor
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
BA, University of California, Berkeley
Patricia Waters
Patricia WatersAssistant Professor of Education
PhD, University of Rochester
MS, Pace University
BA, University of Rochester