Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Interdisciplinary Studies (Teacher Certification in Science, Grades 4-8)

Minimum required: 126 semester hours

Admission Requirements

All degree programs within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction require formal admittance into the Educator Preparation Program.

Students must apply and be admitted to the Educator Preparation Program in order to enroll in Block coursework and Student Teaching in the Junior and Senior year.  Refer to the requirements for Admittance to the Educator Preparation Program through the Office of Educator Preparation.

General Requirements

  1. This degree program requires admission to the university and admission to the program.  Information about the program admissions can be found at:
  2. A 2.5 Major GPA and a 2.75 Overall GPA are required to graduate.
  3. All major courses as well as Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.
  4. Students entering Texas State with fewer than 16 hours completed after high school graduation will be required to take US 1100. All others will be exempt from taking this course but will be required to earn an additional free elective, if needed, to reach the 120 minimum total hour requirement for the awarding of a degree.
  5. Any degree program of 122 hours or more may be considered a five-year program. To complete the predetermined sequence of courses in 4 years, students will most likely need to attend summer sessions.

Course Requirements 

Select one of the following:3
BIO 13303
BIO 11301
BIO 13313
BIO 11311
CHEM 13413
CHEM 11411
CHEM 13423
CHEM 11421
COMM 13103
ENG 13103
ENG 13203
MATH 1315 or 13193
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
US 11001
BIO 24114
HIST 13103
HIST 13203
MATH 232133
MATH 23283
PHIL 1305 or 13203
PHYS 131033
PHYS 111031
PHYS 132033
PHYS 1340 or 13503
POSI 23103
POSI 23203
BIO 245014
BIO 34214
BIO 44164
Select one of the following:3
MATH 33153
SPED 43443
Education Core:6
Middle School Field-Based Block One:6
BIO 4305 or 440823-4
BIO 44024
BIO 44034
Middle School Field-Based Block Two:6
EDST 4680 (Student Teaching)6
Total Hours: 126

Students should take BIO 2450 prior to/during the first semester of their Junior Year.


BIO 4305 or BIO 4408 should be taken the long semester immediately prior to student teaching.


 While not recommended, previously completed courses in some areas can be substituted for the following degree requirements:

  • PHYS 1315 or PHYS 1360 with a grade of "C" or better can satisfy the PHYS 1310 requirement.
  • PHYS 1325 or PHYS 1370 with a grade of "C" or better can satisfy the PHYS 1320 requirement.
  • PHYS 1115 or PHYS 1125 with a grade of "C" or better can satisfy the PHYS 1110 requirement.
  • MATH 2471 can satisfy the MATH 2321 requirement.