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

Website: https://twu.edu/chemistry-biochemistry/undergraduate-programs/bs-in-chemistrybiochemistry-with-teacher-certification/

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.

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. As a member of an undergraduate teaching lab team and research team, you will learn how to work and communicate with diverse team members.​
  2. Writing laboratory reports, papers, senior theses coupled with presenting your work to your peers, at conferences, or to the general public, you will gain valuable verbal and written communication skills.​
  3. With our departmental focus on civic engagement and laboratory safety as our first priority, you will understand social and personal responsibility.​
  4. Earning a degree in any field of chemistry naturally requires excellent problem solving and critical thinking skills related to chemistry, these skills can also be used to address other issues and solve other problems.

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): 121    

Major: 33 SCH;  Required Minor: 26 SCH

Program Code: CHEMISTRY.BS  CIP Code: 40.0501.00

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

CHEM 1213
CHEM 1211
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 1223
CHEM 1221
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of 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
CHEM 3333
CHEM 3331
Quantitative Chemical Analysis
and Quantitative Chemical Analysis Laboratory
4
CHEM 3413
CHEM 3411
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 3423
CHEM 3421
Physical Chemistry II
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
4
CHEM 3633
CHEM 3632
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry I Laboratory
5
Total SCHs33

Departmental Requirements

BIOL 4593Science in the Secondary Classroom3
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)
4
PHYS 2163
PHYS 2161
General Physics II
and General Physics Laboratory II (may be applied from core)
4
SCI 1114Sustainable Physical Science4
SCI 2113Earth Science: Global Perspectives3
SCI 3133Climate Change: A Human Perspective3
Total SCHs29

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
READ 3013Literacy and Learning across the Curriculum3
EDSP 3203Learners with Exceptionalities3
Total SCHs26

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
CHEM 1213
CHEM 1211
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I
4
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
SpringTCCN
CHEM 1223
CHEM 1221
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II
4
MATH 2024Calculus II MATH 24144
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
Multicultural Women's Studies Core CAO3
 SCHs 17
Second Year
FallTCCN
CHEM 2213
CHEM 2211
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 2323
& CHEM 2123
4
PHYS 2153
PHYS 2151
General Physics I
and General Physics Laboratory I
PHYS 2325
& PHYS 2125
4
POLS 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Creative Arts Core3
Language, Philosophy, & Culture Core3
 SCHs 17
SpringTCCN
CHEM 3223
CHEM 3221
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
4
PHYS 2163
PHYS 2161
General Physics II
and General Physics Laboratory II
PHYS 2326
& PHYS 2126
4
POLS 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
CHEM 3333
CHEM 3331
Quantitative Chemical Analysis
and Quantitative Chemical Analysis Laboratory
4
Social/Behavioral Core3
 SCHs 18
Third Year
FallTCCN
EDUC 2003Schools and Society EDUC 13013
CHEM 3633
CHEM 3632
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry I Laboratory
5
CHEM 3413
CHEM 3411
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
4
SCI 1114Sustainable Physical Science PHYS 14154
 SCHs 16
SpringTCCN
EDUC 3003Learning Theory and Development 3
EDUC 3482Teaching Diverse Learners Through Technology Integration 2
CHEM 3423
CHEM 3421
Physical Chemistry II
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
4
SCI 2113Earth Science: Global Perspectives GEOL 14013
SCI 3133Climate Change: A Human Perspective 3
 SCHs 15
Fourth Year
FallTCCN
EDUC 4113Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment 3
EDUC 4243Classroom Environment and Management 3
BIOL 4593Science in the Secondary Classroom 3
READ 3013Literacy and Learning across the Curriculum 3
EDSP 3203Learners with Exceptionalities 3
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
EDUC 4946Clinical Student Teaching 6
 SCHs 6
 Total SCHs:  121