Teacher Certification in Life Science or Science

All students wishing to be certified in life science (8-12) or science (4-8) in Texas public schools must complete the Academic Foundations, Professional Development, required science courses (8-12 requires completion of the Life Science Certification Option as described below), and meet the requirements described in the Certification section of the College of Education and Psychology section of this catalog. For further information see a consultant in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Bachelor Science in Biology: Life Science Secondary Teacher Certification Option--Total Semester Credit Hours=126

A. University Core Curriculum—(44 hrs.)

B. 2.0 grade point average in all required upper-division courses attempted

C. A grade of "C" or better in all courses used for certification

D. Lower division preparation (32 hrs.; 14 hrs. of which are included in the University Core Curriculum)
BIOL 1306/1106 and 1307/1107; CHEM 1311/1111 and 1312/1112; MATH 2413 and 2414; PHYS 1301/1101 and 1302/1102 or PHYS 2325/2125 and PHYS 2326/2126

E. Upper division biology courses

1. Biology Core (13 hrs.)

BIOL 3332/3133

4

BIOL 3336/3137

4

BIOL 3334/3144

4

BIOL 4114

1

2. Distribution Requirements (one course from each group)

Group I: BIOL 3345/3146; BIOL 3147/3348

4

Group II: BIOL 4330/4131; BIOL 4331/4132; BIOL 4335/4136; BIOL 4339/4140; BIOL 4340/4141

4

Group III: BIOL 4300/4101; BIOL 4302/4102; BIOL 3343/3144; BIOL 3335/3135

4

Group IV: BIOL 3338; BIOL 4304

3

E. Additional upper-division chemistry courses (11-12 hours)

CHEM 3342/3143 and 3344/3145

4

CHEM 4334/4135

4

CHEM 3310/3111 or MATH 1342

3-4