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Biology & BioChemistry

About Science Certification -- 

The courses below are in addition to those in the Professional Development Sequence, taken by all UTeach students.

Science certification qualifies students to teach in 4 areas: biology, chemistry, geological sciences, and physics.

This page provides details about Science certification with BIOLOGY as the primary field (24 hours). Students also need 6 hours in each of the 3 remaining areas: CH, GEO*, PHY**.

Biology (at least 16 hours must be upper-division)


  • BIO/BIOCH/NEU majors: upper-division genetics
    • upper-division courses in evolution, cellular biology and plant biology are strongly recommended
  • Non-STEM Majors: upper-division genetics, evolution, cellular biology and plant biology

Enough additional hours to reach a total of 24, 16 of which are upper-division. 


The following courses may be counted toward the required 24 hours in BIO:

  • BCH 339F
  • BCH 339M
  • BCH 339N
  • BCH 365D

The above courses may be counted toward either BIO or CH, not both. 

* IMPORTANT: Courses in the Jackson School of Geological Sciences are restricted to majors. Students seeking Science certification with geological sciences as the primary field may want to consider the Teaching Option (Option V) in the Jackson School. Read more about admissions and the internal transfer process. Jackson School students in any major are welcomed in the UTeach office.

** SCI 365 (Fall only) is recommended as part of the PHY requirement, but may not count toward your degree or health professions pre-requisites. Check with the appropriate advisor.

Courses counting toward Science certification must be for science majors. Students must earn a grade of at least C- in all required courses, including those in the UTeach Professional Development Sequence (PDS).

PDS courses count toward the minor/certificate for the BSA. Effective with the 2016-2018 catalog, the courses can also be added to the audit for any degree plan. Talk to your UTeach advisor for details.

Courses for Science certification partially satisfy requirements for secondary certification in the State of Texas. Further coursework is needed to meet degree requirements. Students in any of the Science Teaching Options should see the teaching degree plans