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

  1. University Core Curriculum—(44 hrs.)
  2. 2.0 grade point average in all required upper-division courses attempted
  3. A grade of "C" or better in all courses used for certification
  4. 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

  5. Upper division biology courses
    1. Biology Core (13 hrs.)
      BIOL 3332/3133: Genetics/Lab
      BIOL 3336/3137: Ecology/Lab
      BIOL 3334/3144: Cell Biology/Lab
      BIOL 4114: Seminar I
    2. Distribution Requirements (one course from each group)

      Group I:
      BIOL 3345/3146: Plant Morphology/Lab
      BIOL 3147/3348: Plant Taxonomy

      Group II:
      BIOL 4330/4131: Herpetology/Lab
      BIOL 4331/4132: Entomology/Lab
      BIOL 4335/4136: Vertebrate Natural History
      BIOL 4339/4140
      BIOL 4340/4141: Ornithology/Lab

      Group III:
      BIOL 4300/4101: Microbiology/Lab
      BIOL 4302/4102: Cell and Molecular Biology/Lab
      BIOL 3343/3144: Physiology/Lab
      BIOL 3335/3135: Comparative Vertebrate Biology/Lab

      Group IV:
      BIOL 3338: Biological Evolution
      BIOL 4304: Biogeography

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

    CHEM 3342/3143: Organic Chemistry I/Lab
    and CHEM 3344/3145: Organic Chemistry II/Lab
    CHEM 4334/4135: Biochemistry I
    CHEM 3310/3111: Analytical Chemistry/Lab
    or MATH 1342: Statistics