Bachelor of Science in Biology (4-8 Science Certification)

Website: https://twu.edu/biology/undergraduate-programs/bachelor-of-science-in-biology-with-teacher-certification/

Good teachers are always in demand!  At TWU, you can double your potential for employment by gaining valuable teacher training and certification along with a strong foundation in the biological sciences. The Department of Biology is pleased to offer a degree in Biology which also includes the courses and requirements leading to completion of a Texas 4-8 Science Teaching Certificate.

This Bachelor of Science degree leading to teacher certification requires a total of 131-132 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 higher 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, which means that this program also satisfies most requirements for medical, dental, and other health professions programs. Completion of teacher education requirements will automatically lead to a minor in education.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

Degree Skills

  1. Written and oral communication skills.
  2. ​Demonstrate critical thinking by using logic and reasoning to interpret scientific results.
  3. Ability to design and conduct properly controlled experiments.
  4. Utilize modern scientific instruments and methods.
  5. ​Work collaboratively as part of a team to perform, analyze, and present research.
  6. ​Ability to understand and comply with laboratory safety guidelines.

Teacher Certification Skills

  1. Appropriately explain the impact of effective planning and communication (within the chosen area of concentration) to relevant internal and external stakeholders in an education or community setting.
  2. Identify, select, and implement entry-level instructional plans when serving as an instructor in the school setting.
  3. Successfully manage organizational and student behavior when teaching in the school setting.
  4. Efficiently and accurately assess student progress and use data to develop and modify instruction for K-12 students.
  5. Work effectively and collaboratively with students and families from diverse backgrounds.

Admissions

Teacher Certification

In addition to the general undergraduate admissions requirements, to obtain acceptance into the undergraduate Educator Preparation Program (and prior to taking EDUC 3003EDUC 3482EDUC 4113EDUC 4243, and Clinical Student Teaching) students must have:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.75 (includes all courses, whether posted to TWU transcript or used on a degree plan. Excludes developmental and repeated courses);
  • Completed EDUC 2003 with a C or higher;
  • Demonstrated basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by meeting the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative;
  • Completed the Digital Literacy Pre-assessment;
  • Successfully completed a pre-admission departmental interview with an interview panel;
  • A minimum of 12 to 15 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for the certification sought;
  • Completed department application for admission to the Educator Preparation Program;
  • Completed a Commitment Contract acknowledging awareness and understanding of the Professional Dispositions Policy and Educators’ Code of Ethics;
  • Submitted a non-refundable Texas Education Agency Fee; and
  • Acknowledged and accepted admission to the Educator Preparation Program.

Please note: 

  • All accepted students must maintain the admission requirements to remain in the TWU Education Preparation Program.
  • Admission requirements are determined by Texas Education Agency policies and are subject to change without notice.
  • Students seeking Bilingual certification must meet minimum proficiency in Spanish.
  • Students seeking Deaf/Hard of Hearing certification must meet minimum proficiency in sign.

Contact the Office of Educator Preparation Services (OEPS) at copeadvising@twu.edu or 940-898-2829 with any questions.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH): 132   

Major: 36 SCH;  Required Minor: 29 SCH (Education)

Program Code: BIOLOGY.BS;  CIP Code: 26.0101.00

A minimum grade of C is mandatory in all required courses for Biology majors.

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
POLS 2013U.S. National Government3
POLS 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42

Courses Required for Major

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

Departmental Requirements

CHEM 1113
CHEM 1111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 1123
CHEM 1121
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
4
CHEM 2213
CHEM 2211
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 3223
CHEM 3221
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
4
Choose one of the following4
Principles of Physics I
and Principles of Physics Laboratory I (may be applied from core)
General Physics I
and General Physics Laboratory I
Choose one of the following4
Principles of Physics II
and Principles of Physics Laboratory II (may be applied from core)
General Physics II
and General Physics Laboratory II
MATH 1303Elementary Analysis I (may be applied from core)3
MATH 1313Elementary Analysis II (may be applied from core)3
MATH 1703Elementary Statistics I (may be applied from core)3-4
or MATH 2014 Calculus I
SCI 2113Earth Science: Global Perspectives3
Total SCHs36-37

Students must satisfy the 3 SCH global perspectives graduation requirement.

Professional Education Studies

Admission to the Educator Preparation Program is required. Students must apply for admission into the Educator Preparation Program prior to enrolling in EDUC 3003/EDUC 3482EDUC 4113/EDUC 4243, and EDUC 4946. Applications are available from the Office of Educator Preparation Services.

Pedagogical and Professional Responsibility
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 4243Classroom Environment and Management3
EDUC 4946Clinical Student Teaching6
Related Studies in Education
EDSP 3203Learners with Exceptionalities3
READ 3013Literacy and Learning across the Curriculum3
READ 3423Literacy Foundations: 4-83
Total SCHs29

Notes:

  1. EDUC 2003 may be taken at a community college. Check with the Office of Educator Preparation Services to make sure the course has the equivalent number.
  2. EDUC 4113 and EDUC 4243 must be taken during the same semester.
 

Recommended Plan of Study

First Year
FallTCCNSCHs
BIOL 1113
BIOL 1111
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
BIOL 1406
& BIOL 1106
4
CHEM 1113
CHEM 1111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 1311
& CHEM 1111
4
SCI 2113Earth Science: Global Perspectives GEOL 14013
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 18
SpringTCCN
BIOL 1123
BIOL 1121
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
BIOL 1407
& BIOL 1107
4
CHEM 1123
CHEM 1121
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM 1312
& CHEM 1112
4
MATH 1313Elementary Analysis II MATH 13163
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
Multicultural Women's Studies3
 SCHs 17
Second Year
FallTCCN
BIOL 2113
BIOL 2111
Plant Biology
and Plant Biology Laboratory
BIOL 1411
& BIOL 1111
4
BACT 3113
BACT 3111
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
4
CHEM 2213
CHEM 2211
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 2323
& CHEM 2123
4
EDUC 2003Schools and Society EDUC 13013
POLS 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
 SCHs 18
SpringTCCN
CHEM 3223
CHEM 3221
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
4
POLS 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
MATH 1703
or 2014
Elementary Statistics I
or Calculus I
MATH 1342
or MATH 2413
3
BIOL 4223
BIOL 4221
Ecology
and Ecology Laboratory
4
Creative Arts3
 SCHs 17
Third Year
FallTCCN
BIOL 4813
BIOL 4811
Molecular and Cellular Biology: Gene Expression
and Molecular and Cellular Biology: Gene Expression Laboratory
4
ZOOL 4243
ZOOL 4241
Medical Physiology
and Medical Physiology Laboratory
4
PHYS 1133
PHYS 1131
Principles of Physics I
and Principles of Physics Laboratory I
PHYS 1301
& PHYS 1101
4
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
READ 3013Literacy and Learning across the Curriculum 3
 SCHs 18
SpringTCCN
BIOL 4823
BIOL 4821
Molecular and Cellular Biology: Genetics and Inheritance
and Molecular and Cellular Biology: Genetics and Inheritance Laboratory
4
PHYS 1143
PHYS 1141
Principles of Physics II
and Principles of Physics Laboratory II
PHYS 1302
& PHYS 1102
4
EDSP 3203Learners with Exceptionalities 3
EDUC 3003Learning Theory and Development 3
EDUC 3482Teaching Diverse Learners Through Technology Integration 2
Social/Behavioral Science3
 SCHs 19
Fourth Year
FallTCCN
BIOL 4593Science in the Secondary Classroom 3
BIOL 4681Biology Seminar 1
READ 3423Literacy Foundations: 4-8 3
EDUC 4113Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment 3
EDUC 4243Classroom Environment and Management 3
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
Language, Philosophy & Culture3
 SCHs 19
SpringTCCN
EDUC 4946Clinical Student Teaching 6
 SCHs 6
 Total SCHs:  132