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NSCI 619A - Physics for Educators: Optics

  • 3 credits

Ray, wave, and particle models of light, with diverse applications. Introduction to special relativity and quantum physics via light. Includes regular at-home, hands-on activities.

A Science Lab Kit is utilized during this course.

This course can be applied toward:

Important Information

Lab kits are essential to the learning experience of this course. To assure you receive your lab kit via mail in time for the beginning of the course, please register early. All course materials besides the lab kit (which is shipped to students at no additional charge) and instructor-developed content are Open Educational Resources, available at no cost online. International students, please register at least 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. If you are an international student and attempting to register within 6 weeks of the course start date, please contact Karina Hassell at for further instructions.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Newton to Einstein: The Trail of Light
    Baierlein, Ralph
    ISBN: 978-0521423236


Cherie Bornhorst

Cherie graduated with a B.S. in Natural Sciences with a minor in Physics Education from Colorado State University. After graduation she spent 10 years teaching high school Physics in urban and suburban schools in Minnesota and Colorado. She's served as the CO/WY American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) President and started the Colorado Quarknet Center, which focuses on helping current high school teachers develop their skills and bring real research into the high school classroom setting. Cherie is also the long-time organizer of the Denver Area Physics Teacher Meetings, where she regularly brought together area Physics teachers to collaborate, share ideas and best practices. She currently works for the Little Shop of Physics, an informal science outreach program at CSU, sharing her love of science with K-12 students and working with area teachers to support science education in the local schools. Cherie feels very fortunate to be a part of the MNSE program and work with educators from around the globe who are also interested in continued learning and improvement of their practice.