Subject Matter Certification

There are two ways to become Subject Matter Certified in Physics or Chemistry:

 

(1) Take and pass three CSET tests.

  1. General Science: Astronomy, Dynamics, Processes of the Earth, Earth Resources, Waves, Forces, Motion, Electricity and Magnetism
  2. General Science: Ecology, Genetics, Evolution, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell and Oganizational Biology, Heat Transfer, Themodynamics, Structures, and Properties of Matter.
  3. Physics or Chemisty

 or

 (2) Complete a subject matter coursework program in physics or chemistry.

If you are going to meet the subject matter competency through Cal Poly's coursework program listed below, then complete one of the following Subject matter competency forms (physics or chemistry), and then see your advisor. All coursework must have been completed within the last seven years.

Cal Poly's subject matter coursework programs consists of the following courses.

 Physics    Chemistry

Introductory Courses
Biology-

BIO 151-Introduction to Biology
BIO 152-Biology of Plants and Fungi
BIO 153-Biology of Animals

Chemistry-

CHEM 127-General Chemistry
CHEM 128-General Chemistry
CHEM 312 (316)-Survey or Organic Chemistry

Physics-

PHYS 131 (121)-Introduction to Physics
PHYS 132 (122)-Introduction to Physics
PHYS 133 (123)-Introduction to Physics

Earth and Space-

ASTR 301-Introduction to Astronomy
GEOL 201-Introduction to Geology
PSC 201-Introduction to Oceanography

 

Introductory Courses
Biology-

BIO 151-Introduction to Biology
BIO 152-Biology of Plants and Fungi
BIO 153-Biology of Animals

Chemistry-

CHEM 127-General Chemistry
CHEM 128-General Chemistry
CHEM 312 (316)-Survey or Organic Chemistry

Physics-

PHYS 131 (121)-Introduction to Physics
PHYS 132 (122)-Introduction to Physics
PHYS 133 (123)-Introduction to Physics

Earth and Space-

ASTR 301-Introduction to Astronomy
GEOL 201-Introduction to Geology
PSC 201-Introduction to Oceanography

 Upper Division Physics-

PHYS 206-Instrumentation in Exp
PHYS 211-Modern Physics I
PHYS 212-Modern Physics II
PHYS 340-Modern Physics Lab
PHYS 256-Electric Measurements
PHYS 301-Thermal Physics
PHYS 323-Optics
PHYS 412-Solid State Physics
PHYS 363-Undergraduate seminar
PHYS 461-Senior Project
6 units of PHYS, GEOL, ASTR, or PSC electives

 

 Upper Division Chemistry-

CHEM 129-General Chemistry
CHEM 316-Organic Chemistry
CHEM 317-Organic Chemistry
CHEM 318-Organic Chemistry
CHEM 231-Quantitative Analysis
CHEM 351-Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 352-Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 371-Biochemical Principles
CHEM 459-Undergraduate seminar
CHEM 461-Senior Project