May 06, 2021
The Teacher Certification Plan for grades 7-12 is for students planning a career in secondary school teaching with Biology as the academic major and seeking provisional education certification. Students who choose Biology as their academic minor but who wish to receive certification in Biology should refer to the section on the Biology Minor .
General Education Requirements (42 sch)
History (U.S. History) (6 sch)
Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 sch)
Political Science (U.S., State of Texas and Local Government) (6 sch)
Creative Arts (3 sch)
* UNIV courses are open to students in the Honors Program only.
Social and Behavioral Science (3 sch)
Life Science Requirement (8 sch)
- Requirement is met in the lower level major requirements.
Mathematics (4 sch)
- Requirement is met in the Common Science Requirements.
Major Requirements (≥ 30 sch total, ≥ 22 sch upper level)
Students seeking standard certification, grades 7-12 with Biology as the academic major must take at least 30 semester credit hours in Biology, at least 22 of which must be at the upper level. This “reduced” major is an option only to students who complete their certification requirements as part of the Bachelor’s degree; students who do not complete their certification requirements as part of the Bachelor’s degree must complete a full Biology major according to the Pre-professional or General Studies plans.
Choose Among the Following as Electives to Complete the Major:
Two semesters of mathematics, specified as: Students seeking certification, grades 7-12, in Biology whose academic minor is in one of the other Science and Mathematics programs (Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geology/Earth Science, or Mathematics) are required to take Calculus I and II, MATH 2413 and MATH 2414 , to meet their math requirements. Students seeking certification, grades 7-12, in Biology whose minor is in a program outside of the Department of Science and Mathematics may opt to take MATH 1332 and MATH 1333 or MATH 2412 .
Students seeking certification in 7-12 must demonstrate a basic use of computing through completion of COSC 1335 .
If minor or 2nd teach field in Science and Math:
If minor or 2nd teach field not in Science and Math:
Note: Consult certification advisor for further information
Literacy and Pedagogy (6 sch)
Content Area Methods (3 sch)
Minor (≥ 18 sch total, ≥ 12 sch upper level)
(refer to Discipline specifications)
Candidates for TExES tests in 7-12 Life Sciences must have completed the courses listed for each area below (or equivalent courses).
7-12 Life Sciences: Complete the courses for the BS in Biology, secondary certification track.
Candidates for TExES tests in 7-12 Science must have completed the courses listed for each area below (or equivalent courses).
Science 7-12: Complete the courses for the BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, or the BS in Chemistry with a minor in Biology. In addition, complte GEOL 1301 /GEOL 1101 , PHYS 1301 /PHYS 1101 or PHYS 2325 /PHYS 2125 , and either GEOL 1302 /GEOL 1102 or PHYS 1302 /PHYS 1102 or PHYS 2326 /PHYS 2126 .