Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Biology (Teacher Certification in Life Science, Grades 7-12)

Minimum required: 125 semester credit hours

Admission Requirement

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

General Requirements

  1. 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.
  2. A minor in Secondary Education is required.
  3. To satisfy graduation requirements for teacher certification, students must have at least a 2.75 overall GPA, a GPA of at least 2.50 in all assigned courses in the professional sequence with no grade below a “C,” and a GPA of at least 2.75 in courses taken in the College of Science and Engineering at Texas State University with no grade below a “C,” and a Secondary Education minor GPA of at least 2.50 with no grades less than a “C” in all minor courses. 
  4. Majors must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  5. Nine semester credit hours must be writing intensive (WI).
  6. In addition to the major, minor and general education core curriculum requirements, students must also complete 21 hours of professional sequence courses under the College of Education. All coursework must be completed prior to EDST 4681.
  7. If two years of the same foreign language were taken in high school, then no additional language hours will be required for the degree. In the absence of such high school language, two semesters of the same modern language must be taken at the college level.
  8. All students seeking teacher certification must apply for and be admitted to the Educator Preparation Program in order to enroll in education coursework and student teaching in the Junior and Senior years.  Refer to the requirements for Admittance to the Educator Preparation Program through the Office of Educator Preparation.  
  9. 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:  https://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Educators/Investigations/Preliminary_Criminal_History_Evaluation-FAQs/.

  10. For transfer students, 24 semester credit hours in biology, chemistry and physics (or their equivalents) may be transferred from a Texas public institution of higher education for the Biology Field of Study and be applied to the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology at Texas State University. More information about the Field of Study is available in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. The transferable Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) is listed below the Texas State University course number in the following course list.

    BIO 1330Functional Biology3
    TCCN: BIOL 1306
    BIO 1130Functional Biology Laboratory1
    TCCN: BIOL 1106
    BIO 1331Organismal Biology3
    TCCN: BIOL 1307
    BIO 1131Organismal Biology Laboratory1
    TCCN: BIOL 1107
    CHEM 1341General Chemistry I3
    TCCN: CHEM 1311
    CHEM 1141General Chemistry Laboratory I1
    TCCN: CHEM 1111
    CHEM 1342General Chemistry II3
    TCCN: CHEM 1312
    CHEM 1142General Chemistry Laboratory II1
    TCCN: CHEM 1112
    CHEM 2341Organic Chemistry I3
    TCCN: CHEM 2323
    CHEM 2141Organic Chemistry Laboratory I1
    TCCN: CHEM 2123
    PHYS 1315General Physics I3
    TCCN: PHYS 1301
    PHYS 1115General Physics I Laboratory1
    TCCN: PHYS 1101
    Total Hours24

Course Requirements 

Freshman
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
BIO 1330 (Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030)3BIO 1331 (Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030)3 
BIO 11301BIO 11311 
CHEM 11411CHEM 11421 
CHEM 13413CHEM 13423 
US 11001ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3 
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3 
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3 
 15 17 
Sophomore
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummerHours
BIO 24504BIO 24104Summer I: 
CHEM 21411CHEM 21421ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3
CHEM 23413CHEM 23423HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3
Mathematics Component Code 02023Mathematics23Summer II: 
PHYS 1315
PHYS 1115
4PHYS 13253ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3
PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3PHYS 11251POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
 18 15 12
Junior
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
BIO 2400 or 24114BIO Advanced Electives7 
CI 33253Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803 
BIO 44164ENG 33033 
CI 43323  
 14 13 
Senior
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
CI 43703EDST 46816 
BIO 4408 or 430513-4  
CI 43433  
RDG 33233  
BIO 43013  
 15 6 
Total Hours: 125

BIO Advanced Electives

Global Ecology
Economic Botany
Field Biology of Plants
Natural History of the Vertebrates
Ornithology
Mammalogy
Biometry
Herpetology
Microbial Ecology
Plant Ecology
General Entomology