Bachelor of Science in Biology (7-12 Life Science Certification)

The Department of Biology offers a degree in Biology which also includes the courses and requirements leading to completion of a Texas 7-12 Life Science Teaching Certificate. This Bachelor of Science degree leading to teacher certification requires a total of 123-134 semester credit hours. All students pursuing teacher certification must achieve an overall GPA of at least 2.75 prior to enrolling in professional education coursework.  Students must earn a grade of C or better in all required mathematics, science (includes all prefixes) and education courses.

The requirements for Biology majors in mathematics, chemistry, and physics must also be met. Completion of teacher education requirements will automatically lead to a minor in education.

Total Semester Credit Hours (sch): 123-134    
Major: 36 sch   Required Minor: 26 sch

Program Code: BIOLOGY.BS      CIP Code: 26.0101  

Admissions:

Please refer to the Admission section of this catalog regarding acceptance into TWU.

To obtain acceptance into the undergraduate Educator Preparation Program, you must have:

(All criteria required before taking EDUC 3003EDUC 3482EDUC 4113EDUC 4243, and Clinical Student Teaching)

  • Completion of EDUC 2003 (C or better)
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Demonstrate basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by meeting the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative;
  • Testing Requirements (please note: all testing requirements are subject to change)
    • TASP/THEA Scores: Reading 260, Math 240, Writing 240; OR
    • Accuplacer Scores: Reading 80, Math 65, Writing 82/6; OR
    • ACT Scores: Verbal 19, Math 19, Composite 23; OR
    • SAT Scores:
      • Prior to March 5, 2016 - Verbal 500, Math 500, Composite 1070;
      • On/After March 5, 2016 – EBRW 480, Math 530

                         ACT and SAT scores cannot be more than five years old

  • Successful completion of a pre-admission interview with assigned faculty advisor
  • Minimum of 12 to 15 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for the certification sought
  • Signed application for admission to the Educator Preparation Program
  • Signed Commitment Contract acknowledging awareness and understanding of the Dispositions Policy and Educators’ Code of Ethics
  • Submit a non-refundable Texas Education Agency Fee
  • Acknowledgment and acceptance of admission to the Educator Preparation Program

Students must maintain the admission requirements to remain a student in the TWU Education Preparation Program.

Degree Requirements

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Mathematics3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government3
GOV 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42

Courses Required for Major

BIOL 1113Principles of Biology I3
BIOL 1111Principles of Biology I Laboratory1
BIOL 1123Principles of Biology II3
BIOL 1121Principles of Biology II Laboratory1
BIOL 4681Biology Seminar1
BACT 3111
BACT 3113
General Microbiology Laboratory
and General Microbiology
4
ZOOL 4241
ZOOL 4243
Mammalian Physiology Laboratory
and Mammalian Physiology
4
BOT 2111
BOT 2113
Plant Biology Laboratory
and Plant Biology
4
BIOL 4811
BIOL 4813
Molecular and Cellular Biology: Gene Expression Laboratory
and Molecular and Cellular Biology: Gene Expression
4
BIOL 4821
BIOL 4823
Molecular and Cellular Biology: Genetics and Inheritance Laboratory
and Molecular and Cellular Biology: Genetics and Inheritance
4
BIOL 4223
BIOL 4221
Ecology
and Ecology Laboratory (GP)
4
BIOL 4593Science in the Secondary Classroom3
Total SCHs36

Additional Required Courses

CHEM 1113General Chemistry I3
CHEM 1111General Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHEM 1123General Chemistry II3
CHEM 1121General Chemistry Laboratory II1
CHEM 2213Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 2211Organic Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHEM 3223Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 3221Organic Chemistry Laboratory II1
PHYS 1133
PHYS 1131
Principles of Physics I
and Principles of Physics Laboratory I (may be applied from core)
4
or PHYS 2153/2151 General Physics I
PHYS 1143
PHYS 1141
Principles of Physics II
and Principles of Physics Laboratory II (may be applied from core)
4
or PHYS 2163/2161 General Physics II
MATH 1303Elementary Analysis I (may be applied from core)3
MATH 1313Elementary Analysis II (may be applied from core)3
Total SCHs30

Education Minor

EDUC 2003Schools and Society3
EDUC 3003Learning Theory and Development3
EDUC 3482Teaching Diverse Learners Through Technology Integration2
EDUC 4113Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment3
EDSP 4203Learners with Exceptionalities3
EDUC 4243Classroom Environment and Management3
EDUC 4346Student Teaching: Life Science 8-126
READ 3013Literacy and Learning across the Curriculum3
Total SCHs26

(GP) Satisfies global perspectives graduation requirement. 

First Year
FallTCCNSCHs
BIOL 1111
BIOL 1113
Principles of Biology I Laboratory
and Principles of Biology I
( BIOL 1106) and ( BIOL 1306)4
CHEM 1111
CHEM 1113
General Chemistry Laboratory I
and General Chemistry I
( CHEM 1111) and ( CHEM 1311)4
MATH 1303Elementary Analysis I MATH 13143
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
BIOL 1121
BIOL 1123
Principles of Biology II Laboratory
and Principles of Biology II
( BIOL 1107) and ( BIOL 1307)4
CHEM 1121
CHEM 1123
General Chemistry Laboratory II
and General Chemistry II
( CHEM 1112) and ( CHEM 1312)4
MATH 1313Elementary Analysis II MATH 13163
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
Multicultural Women's Studies CAO Core3
 SCHs 17
Second Year
FallTCCN
CHEM 2211
CHEM 2213
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
and Organic Chemistry I
( CHEM 2123) and ( CHEM 2323)4
BOT 2111
BOT 2113
Plant Biology Laboratory
and Plant Biology
( BIOL 1111) and ( BIOL 1311)4
BACT 3111
BACT 3113
General Microbiology Laboratory
and General Microbiology
4
GOV 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
EDUC 2003Schools and Society EDUC 13013
 SCHs 18
SpringTCCN
CHEM 3221
CHEM 3223
Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
and Organic Chemistry II
4
BIOL 4221
BIOL 4223 (GP)
Ecology Laboratory
and Ecology
4
ZOOL 4241
ZOOL 4243
Mammalian Physiology Laboratory
and Mammalian Physiology
4
GOV 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
 SCHs 15
Third Year
FallTCCN
BIOL 4811
BIOL 4813
Molecular and Cellular Biology: Gene Expression Laboratory
and Molecular and Cellular Biology: Gene Expression
4
PHYS 1131
PHYS 1133
Principles of Physics Laboratory I
and Principles of Physics I
( PHYS 1101) and ( PHYS 1301)4
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
EDUC 3003Learning Theory and Development 3
EDUC 3482Teaching Diverse Learners Through Technology Integration 2
 SCHs 16
SpringTCCN
BIOL 4821
BIOL 4823
Molecular and Cellular Biology: Genetics and Inheritance Laboratory
and Molecular and Cellular Biology: Genetics and Inheritance
4
PHYS 1141
PHYS 1143
Principles of Physics Laboratory II
and Principles of Physics II
( PHYS 1102) and ( PHYS 1302)4
EDUC 4113Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment 3
EDUC 4243Classroom Environment and Management 3
Creative Arts Core3
 SCHs 17
Fourth Year
FallTCCN
BIOL 4593Science in the Secondary Classroom 3
BIOL 4681Biology Seminar 1
READ 3013Literacy and Learning across the Curriculum 3
EDSP 4203Learners with Exceptionalities 3
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
Language, Philosophy & Culture Core3
Social/Behavioral Science Core3
 SCHs 19
SpringTCCN
EDUC 4346Student Teaching: Life Science 8-12 6
 SCHs 6
 Total SCHs:  123

(GP) courses satisfy global perspectives graduation requirement.