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

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 better;
  • Demonstrated basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by meeting the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative;
  • Met the following Testing Requirements:
    • Have achieved the following test scores (none of which may be more than 5 years old):
      • Praxis Core: Math 150, Reading 156, Writing 162; or
      • ACT Scores (TWU Code 4224): Verbal 19 (Verbal is the average of the English, Reading, and Science sections); Math, 19, Composite 23; or
    • SAT Scores (TWU Code 6826): 
      • Prior to March 5, 2016: Verbal 500, Math 500, Composite 1070
      • After March 5, 2016: Math 530, EBRW 480; or
    • TExES Pre-admission Content Test (PACT; option available 1/1/2020).
  • 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 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.

Total Semester Credit Hours (sch): 134-145   
Major: 36 sch   Required Minor: 26 sch

Program Code: BIOLOGY.BS      CIP Code: 26.0101 

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 1111
BIOL 1113
Principles of Biology I Laboratory
and Principles of Biology I
4
BIOL 1121
BIOL 1123
Principles of Biology II Laboratory
and Principles of Biology II
4
BOT 2111
BOT 2113
Plant Biology Laboratory
and Plant Biology
4
BACT 3111
BACT 3113
General Microbiology Laboratory
and General Microbiology
4
ZOOL 4241
ZOOL 4243
Mammalian Physiology Laboratory
and Mammalian Physiology
4
BIOL 4223
BIOL 4221
Ecology
and Ecology Laboratory
4
BIOL 4593Science in the Secondary Classroom3
BIOL 4681Biology Seminar1
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
Total SCHs36

Additional Required Courses

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
PHYS 1133
PHYS 1131
Principles of Physics I
and Principles of Physics Laboratory I (may be applied from core)
4
PHYS 1143
PHYS 1141
Principles of Physics II
and Principles of Physics Laboratory II (may be applied from core)
4
SCI 2113Earth Science: Global Perspectives3
MATH 1303Elementary Analysis I (may be applied from core)3
MATH 1313Elementary Analysis II (may be applied from core)3
Choose one of the following:3-5
Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences
Quantitative Chemical Analysis
and Quantitative Chemical Analysis Laboratory
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry I Laboratory
Total SCHs36-38

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
READ 3013Literacy and Learning across the Curriculum3
EDUC 4946Clinical Student Teaching6
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
Language, Philosophy & Culture Core3
 SCHs 18
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
Creative Arts Core3
 SCHs 18
Third Year
FallTCCN
BIOL 4811
BIOL 4813
Molecular and Cellular Biology: Gene Expression Laboratory
and Molecular and Cellular Biology: Gene Expression
4
BIOL 4681Biology Seminar 1
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
Social/Behavioral Science Core3
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
 SCHs 18
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
READ 3013Literacy and Learning across the Curriculum 3
EDSP 4203Learners with Exceptionalities 3
EDUC 3482Teaching Diverse Learners Through Technology Integration 2
EDUC 3003Learning Theory and Development 3
 SCHs 19
Fourth Year
FallTCCN
CHEM 3633
CHEM 3632
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry I Laboratory
5
BIOL 4593Science in the Secondary Classroom 3
SCI 2113Earth Science: Global Perspectives GEOL 14013
EDSP 4203Learners with Exceptionalities 3
EDUC 4243Classroom Environment and Management 3
EDUC 4113Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment 3
 SCHs 20
SpringTCCN
EDUC 4946Clinical Student Teaching 6
 SCHs 6
 Total SCHs:  134

(GP) courses satisfy global perspectives graduation requirement.