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

Minimum required: 132 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 major GPA of at least 2.50 with no grades less than a "C" in all major courses, a GPA of at least 2.50 in all assigned courses in the professional sequence with no grades 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. 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.
  8. 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.
  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/.

Course Requirements 

Freshman
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummerHours
BIO 1330 (Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030)3BIO 1331 (Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030)3BIO 24504
BIO 11301BIO 11311 
CHEM 1341
CHEM 1141
4CHEM 1342
CHEM 1142
4 
MATH 2471 (Mathematics Component Code 020)4PHYS 14304 
 MATH 24724 
 12 16 4
Sophomore
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummerHours
PHYS 24254PHYS 24354Summer I: 
CHEM 2330
CHEM 2130
4BIO 2410 or 24114ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3CHEM 34104HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3Summer II: 
  ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3
  HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3
 14 15 12
Junior
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummerHours
BIO 44024BIO 44034Summer I: 
PHYS 33123BIO 43013POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
CI 33253BIO 4416 or 44544PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3
Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803CI 43323Summer II: 
PHYS 32102 ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3
 15 14 9
Senior
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
CHEM 42952EDST 46816 
BIO 440814  
CI 43703  
CI 43433  
RDG 33233  
 15 6 
Total Hours: 132