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

Physics Majors and Non-majors:

The coursework in any option satisfies the physics portion for Science certification with physics as the primary field. SCI 365** (Fall only) is strongly recommended. Talk to your advisor about whether this course fits into your degree plan.

 At least 12 hours of the following must be upper-division.

  • Introductory: PHY 301 & 101L, 316 & 116L, 315 & 115L (or equivalents, usually 12 hours)
  • ​Modern Physics
    • PHY 355 (Modern Physics and Thermodynamics)
    • PHY 353L (Modern Physics Lab)
  • 2 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) Fall only
  • CH 301 & CH 302
  • BIO 311C & 311D
  • GEO 303 & three additional hours of GEO*


* 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 in the Jackson School. Read more about admissions and the internal transfer process.

** 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