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Certification in Science (7-12)

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. Students choose one as the primary field and then take 6 hours in each of the remaining three. For example, students might take at least 24 hours in biological sciences (includes neurobiology) and then 6 hours in the other areas.

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

Or, students could take at least 24 hours in Physics, and then 6 hours in each of the remaining areas:

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

For information about primary fields (24 hours), select from:

BIOCHEM majors: Select either BIO or CH as your primary field. Some BCH courses can be counted toward the required 24 hours in BIO. See the Biology & BioChemistry page above for details.

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.


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