Guiding Principles for Obtaining the MAPE Degree

The Master of Arts in Physics Education (MAPE) degree requires 30 credit hours of graduate credit physics courses.  This normally consists of ten courses of 3-credit hours each.  There are both required and elective courses:

Required:  6310, 6320, 6330, 6350, 6360, and 6410  (6 courses, 18 credit hours)

Electives:  Four courses chosen from 6030, 6050, 6060, 6090, 6130*, 6100**, 6253**, 6263**, and  6400*.              (* These courses require prior approval.   **Only courses taken after Spring 2013 receive MAPE credit.)

The three calculus-based courses 6310, 6320, and 6330 are the core of the degree, and at least a B average must be obtained for these three courses.  Only 6350 and 6360 require residence in Charlottesville.

1)  PHYS 6310 and 6320 should be taken early in the degree program.  These two courses can be taken in any order, but there is a preference to take 6310 first.  Both these courses are a prerequisite for taking 6330.

2)  PHYS 6350 and 6360 are primarily lab courses and will be offered in residence in Charlottesville in the 2015 summer for the last time.   The corresponding lecture courses, 6310 and 6320, should be taken before 6350 and 6360.

3)  PHYS 6410 is considered a capstone course and must be one of the last two or three courses taken for the degree.  Instructor permission is required.

4)  PHYS 6130 (Topics in Physical Science) and 6400 (Independent Study) are rarely offered.  PHYS 6030 is a new course on Energy and was offered for the first time in Fall 2014.  It is expected that 6030, 6050, 6060, 6090, 6253, and 6263 will be offered online at least once annually.  It is anticipated that either 6310 or 6320 will be offered every semester (spring, summer, and fall) providing sufficient enrollment occurs.  6330 is offered online every summer from mid-May until early August.