B.S. in Chemistry/Biochemistry (6-12 Physical Science Teacher Certification)

Total Semester Credit Hours (sch): 121-130    

Major: 33 sch     Required Minor: 26 sch

Program Code: CHEMISTRY.BS 40.0501      CIP Code: 40.0501

Our flexible undergraduate degree plan with teacher certification combines liberal arts study with a chemistry/biochemistry concentration, teacher education coursework and hands-on student teaching experience. This plan allows you to major in chemistry while also pursuing your teacher certification and a specialization in an almost unlimited number of other areas, such as business, journalism, biology, mathematics, nutrition, or computer science. We offer two options for certification: teacher certification in physical science for grades 6-12, and teacher certification in science for grades 7-12.


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
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

CHEM 1213
CHEM 1211
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 1223
CHEM 1221
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM 2213
CHEM 2211
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 3223
CHEM 3221
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM 3633
CHEM 3632
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 3333Quantitative Chemical Analysis3
CHEM 3331Quantitative Chemical Analysis Laboratory1
CHEM 3413
CHEM 3411
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 3423
CHEM 3421
Physical Chemistry II
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
Total SCHs33

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
EDUC 4196Student Teaching: Physical Science6
EDUC 4243Classroom Environment and Management3
EDSP 4203Learners with Exceptionalities3
READ 3013Literacy and Learning across the Curriculum3
Total SCHs26

Other Requirements

BIOL 4593Science in the Secondary Classroom3
SCI 1114Sustainable Physical Science4
SCI 2103Introduction to Environmental Chemistry: Global Perspectives (GP)3
SCI 2113Earth Science I3
MATH 2014Calculus I (may be applied from core)4
MATH 2024Calculus II4
PHYS 2153
PHYS 2151
General Physics I
and General Physics Laboratory I (may be applied from core)
PHYS 2163
PHYS 2161
General Physics II
and General Physics Laboratory II (may be applied from core)
Total SCHs29

(GP) Satisfies global perspectives graduation requirement. 

CHEM 1213Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHEM 1211Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I 1
MATH 2014Calculus I MATH 24134
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
Wellness/Mathematics CAO Core2
 SCHs 17
CHEM 1223Principles of Chemistry II 3
CHEM 1221Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II 1
MATH 2024Calculus II MATH MATH 24144
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
Multicultural Women's Studies CAO 3
 SCHs 17
CHEM 2213Organic Chemistry I CHEM 23233
CHEM 2211Organic Chemistry Laboratory I CHEM 21231
PHYS 2153General Physics I PHYS 23253
PHYS 2151General Physics Laboratory I PHYS 21251
GOV 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Creative Arts Core3
Language, Philosophy, & Culture Core3
 SCHs 17
CHEM 3223Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 3221Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 1
PHYS 2163General Physics II PHYS 23263
PHYS 2161General Physics Laboratory II PHYS 21261
GOV 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
CHEM 3331Quantitative Chemical Analysis Laboratory 1
CHEM 3333Quantitative Chemical Analysis 3
Social/Behavioral Science Core3
 SCHs 18
EDUC 2003Schools and Society EDUC 13013
CHEM 3633Biochemistry I 3
CHEM 3632Biochemistry I Laboratory 2
CHEM 3413Physical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 3411Physical Chemistry Laboratory I 1
SCI 1114Sustainable Physical Science PHYS 14154
 SCHs 16
EDUC 3003Learning Theory and Development 3
EDUC 3482Teaching Diverse Learners Through Technology Integration 2
CHEM 3423Physical Chemistry II 3
CHEM 3421Physical Chemistry Laboratory II 1
SCI 2103 (GP)Introduction to Environmental Chemistry: Global Perspectives ENVR 14013
SCI 2113Earth Science I GEOL 14013
 SCHs 15
EDUC 4113Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment 3
EDUC 4243Classroom Environment and Management 3
BIOL 4593Science in the Secondary Classroom 3
EDSP 4203Learners with Exceptionalities 3
READ 3013Literacy and Learning across the Curriculum 3
 SCHs 15
EDUC 4196Student Teaching: Physical Science 6
 SCHs 6
 Total SCHs:  121

(GP) Satisfies global perspectives graduation requirement.