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

Minimum required: 122 semester credit hours

Admission Requirements

  1. All students pursuing teacher certification must apply and be accepted to the Office of Educator Preparation.

General Requirements

  1. A 2.5 Major GPA and a 2.75 Overall GPA are required to graduate.
  2. All major courses as well as Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.

  6. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires multiple background checks for progression through the Educator Preparation Program. Based on information recorded in your criminal history, you may be ineligible for issuance of a teaching certificate upon completion of the Educator Preparation Program. If you have a criminal history, you may obtain a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation from TEA. For more information, go to:

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
US 11001BIO 1331 (TCCN BIOL 1307)3
MATH 1315 or 1319 (Mathematics Component Code 020 [TCCN MATH 1314 or 1324])3BIO 1131 (TCCN BIOL 1107)1
BIO 1330 (TCCN BIOL 1306)3CHEM 1341 (TCCN CHEM 1311)3
BIO 1130 (TCCN BIOL 1106)1CHEM 1141 (TCCN CHEM 1111)1
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1301])3ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1302])3
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050 [TCCN HUMA 1315])3COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091 [TCCN SPCH 1311])3
 Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803
 14 17
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
CHEM 1342 (TCCN CHEM 1312)3MATH 2321 (TCCN MATH 2313)3
CHEM 1142 (TCCN CHEM 1112)1MATH 2328 (TCCN MATH 1342)3
PHYS 1310 or 1360 (Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 030 [TCCN PHYS 1305])3PHYS 1320 or 1370 (Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 030 [TCCN PHYS 1307])3
American History Component Code 0603American History Component Code 0603
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2306])3POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2305])3
Science Electives34PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040 [TCCN PHIL 1301 or 2306])3
 17 18
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
MATH 33153Education Core:6
BIO 2450 (TCCN BIOL 2416)14 
BIO 44024 
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094) [TCCN ENGL 2322, 2323, 2332, 2333, 2327 or 2328]4BIO 44034
PHYS 1340 or 1350 (TCCN ASTR 1304 or 1303)3SPED 43443
 Science Electives33
 18 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Middle School Field-Based Block:6EDST 46806
CI 33403 
CI 43553 
Science Electives34 
 16 6
Total Hours: 122