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About Composite Science

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

This page provides details about composite science with BIOLOGY as the primary field (24 hours). Students will also choose a 2nd field (12 hours), as well as 3rd and 4th fields.

It's fairly typical for students choosing biology as their field to have chemistry as the 2nd field (12 hours). That leaves geology and physics (6 hours each). 

  • Biology -- 24 hours
  • Chemistry -- 11 - 12 hours
  • Geology -- 6 hours
  • Physics -- 6 hours

You can choose any combination:

Primary Field (24 hours) 2nd Field (12 hours) 3rd Field (6 hours) 4th Field (6 hours)


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

Required: genetics and evolution (both must be upper-division)

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

Strongly recommended: plant biology, cell biology, microbiology.


For BIO as the primary field, the following courses are required:

  • BIO 311C
  • BIO 311D
  • BIO 325
  • BIO 370

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

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

For CH as the secondary field, students may combine hours from general, organic, and biochemistry for a total of 11-12 hours. A BCH course used to satisfy hours in Biology may not also be used to satisfy the chemistry requirement.


** IMPORTANT: Courses in the Jackson School of Geological Sciences are restricted to majors. Students seeking composite science certification with geological sciences as the primary field may want to consider the teaching option 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.

Courses counting toward composite 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 composite 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