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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 PHYSICS as the primary field (24 hours). Students will also choose a 2nd field (12 hours), as well as 3rd and 4th fields. 

Students choosing physics as their primary field often choose chemistry as the 2nd field (12 hours). That leaves biology and geology (6 hours each). 

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

You can choose any combination:

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


Physics (at least 12 hours must be upper-division)

  • Introductory lecture and labs (usually 12 hours).
  • ​Modern Physics
    • PHY 355 (Modern Physics and Thermodynamics)
    • PHY 353L (Modern Physics Lab)
  • 3 courses chosen from the following:
    • PHY 329 (Intro to Computational Physics)
    • PHY 336K (Classical Dynamics)
    • PHY 338K (Electronic Techniques)
    • PHY 333 (Modern Optics) 
    • PHY 352K (Classical Electrodynamics) 
    • PHY 373 (Quantum Mechanics)
    • SCI 365 (Physics by Inquiry)

** 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 should consider the teaching option in the Jackson School. Read more about admissions and the internal transfer process.

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