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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 Chemistry as the primary field (24 hours). Students also need 6 hours in each of the 3 remaining areas: BIO, GEO*, PHY**.

Chemistry (at least 15 hours must be upper-division)

Required: Chemistry Majors and Non-Chemistry Majors

  • CH 301, 302, 317, Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry or Physical Chemistry and enough additional hours to reach a total of 24, at least 15 of which are upper-division. 
  • BIO 311C and 311D
  • GEO 303 and three additional hours of geology*
  • Physics 317K & 117M and PHY 317L** & 117N ( or other calculus based physics sequence).

Chemistry majors may be interested in Physical Science certification, which combines chemistry and physics.

* IMPORTANT: Courses in the Jackson School of Geological Sciences are restricted to majors. Students seeking Science certification with geological sciences as the primary field should consider the teaching option (Option V) in the Jackson School. Read more about admissions and the internal transfer process.

** SCI 365 (Fall only) is recommended for completing 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