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Berry currently offers three different majors in physics: one intended to prepare students for graduate study in physics, one intended to combine with our dual-degree engineering program, and another more flexible major that is well suited to students intending to teach high school physics.  Berry also offers a dual major in secondary education.  The combination of a physics major and dual major in secondary education allows students to be certified to teach high school physics in the state of Georgia.

We are in the initial phases of an effort to recruit and graduate more high school physics teachers.  We have established a new scholarship for students majoring in physics and secondary education and Berry was recently awarded a Noyce Scholarship grant from the NSF.  We currently (Fall 2018) have four physics majors in our STEMteach program.  In recent years we have graduated two certified HS physics teachers, both of whom immediately found jobs.  In addition, we several of our physics major graduates have gone on to HS teaching careers in private schools or in publich schools through alternative certification pathways.

In the longer term, we are particularly interested in exploring the role of small liberal arts colleges in producing highly-trained physics teachers.  While we may never be able to match the numbers of teachers produced by the larger universities, we also know that graduating even a few physics teachers each year would represent a significant step forward in providing the physics teachers needed in the state of Georgia.

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