A composite science major is available for the Teacher Education Program for secondary level certification. The department also serves other academic disciplines by providing biological knowledge and skills needed in those areas. By balancing courses in biology with English, math, speech and other courses outside the department students gain the broad education necessary for success in many careers.
The department is committed to teaching the fundamental skills and techniques of biology, exploring how biology as a science is a way of knowing about life and instilling a desire for further study in biology.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of scientific inquiry and processes as defined by the TExES exam.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of physics as defined by the TExES exam.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of scientific inquiry and processes as defined by the TExES Composite Science exam.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of heredity and evolution as defined by the TExES exam.
- Candidates with a major in secondary education will create and synthesize lessons in a comprehensive unit plan.
- Candidates with a major in secondary education will demonstrate mastery of the required standards in the TEA clinical teaching domains.
- Candidates with a major in a secondary education field will demonstrate competency of the required standards related to pedagogy and professional responsibility as specified by the Texas Education Agency.
General Education Requirements - 42 hours
English 1301, 1302, and three hours sophomore literature - 9 hours
Fine Arts (three hours from music, theatre, fine arts, arts, or equivalent) - 3 hours
Religion 1320 and 1330 - 6 hours
History 1301 and 1302 - 6 hours
Political Science 2305 - 3 hours
Science (must be lab science) - 4 hours
Physical Activity - KINE 1238 - 2 hours
Psychology 3331 - 3 hours
Mathematics 1342 - 3 hours
Speech 1311, 1315, or 1318 - 3 hours
Professional Development (See Professional Development Requirements in the Teacher Education section of the catalog) - 24 hours
Forty-three (43) semester hours:
BIOL 1406 General Biology I
BIOL 1407 General Biology II
BIOL 4403 Genetics
BIOL 4405 General Ecology
CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1111 General Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II
CHEM 1112 General Chemistry II Laboratory
CHEM 3305 Quantitative Analysis
CHEM 3105 Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
GSCI 3303 Secondary Methods in Teaching Science
PHYS 1401 General Physics I
PHYS 1402 General Physics II
PSCI 1417 Introduction to Earth Science