Mar 04, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Science, BS — Grades 4-8 Science Education Concentration

I. Introduction

The College of Science and Engineering is committed to the support of students seeking to become science, mathematics and technology educators at all levels. The Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (SMTE) program offers content courses for students seeking K-12 science, mathematics and technology education. SMTE classes are also an integral part of the course work for degrees preparing students for Teacher Certifications. The SMTE program does not offer a degree; rather, degrees leading to Teacher Certification are offered by other Science and Technology programs and by the College of Education. Students seeking to teach in the elementary and secondary schools of Texas must meet degree requirements as well as certification requirements. The requirements and procedure to become a science, mathematics or technology teacher in Texas are outlined below. Undergraduate students who are graduating from the College of Science & Engineering or the College of Liberal Arts who are seeking initial teacher certification at the 4-8, 7-12 and EC-12 levels prior to graduation, automatically qualify for the Minor in Education.

II. How to Become a Science, Mathematics or Technology Teacher in Texas

In order to be recommended for teacher certification at this university, a candidate must fulfill three basic requirements: (1) have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university that includes an academic major and teacher training courses, (2) complete teacher training through an approved program, and (3) successfully complete the appropriate teacher certification tests for the subject and grade level that the candidate wishes to teach. Additional information on the requirements to become a teacher in Texas can be obtained at the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) website: This website also provides information on the resources available to help students pay for a teacher training program.

SBEC has approved three levels of teacher certification for regular educators: (1) Early childhood to grade 6 which includes foundation subjects and enrichment areas such as art, PE, and music, (2) Grade 4-8 which includes the foundation areas only, and (3) Grade 7-12 certification. Students can find information on the different certifications at the official Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) Web site: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi offers several degrees leading to a number of these teacher certifications. The College of Education offers several degrees leading to teacher certification. The College of Science and Engineering offers bachelor’s degrees leading to teacher certification in the sciences, mathematics and technology at the 4-8 and the 7-12 levels. These bachelor’s degrees are the following:

Mathematics 7-12 teacher certification is also possible with an undergraduate major other than mathematics. Details can be found in the Mathematics, Grades 7-12 Teacher Certification Without a Mathematics Major  section.

The individual programs, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, and Mathematics offer these degrees and courses.

Students seeking Teacher Certification are also strongly urged to contact the Certification Officer in the College of Education about current requirements and procedures that must be met to obtain the certificate. In particular, students following a degree plan leading to teacher certification must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi PRIOR to enrolling in any 4000 level EDCI or EDUC courses. Application forms for admission to the teacher education program may be obtained from the Undergraduate or Certification Office, room FC 201. The students are referred to the College of Education section of this catalog for more information on the Teacher Education Program.

III. Grade Point Average for Admission to Teacher Education

A minimum grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 = A) in all work attempted, a minimum grade point average of 2.75 in all science, math, or specialization areas, and no grade below “C” in any science or mathematics course on a student’s degree plan and/or education courses within the professional block of courses are required. (See College of Education, “Admission to Teacher Education” and “Admission to Clinical Teaching” for other requirements.)

IV. Alteration of a Certification Plan

Any amendment to a degree plan originally filed must be approved by the student’s academic advisor, the Department Chair, the Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, and the Certification Officer of the College of Education for the degree to be granted.

Degree Requirements

The minimum requirement for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science with a science education concentration is a total of 120 hours. The concentration is designed for those students who plan on obtaining a 4-8 Science certificate. The degree requirements are divided among the following areas:

General Requirements

  Sem. Hrs.
  1. Core Curriculum Program
  2. First Year Seminar (when applicable)
  3. Science Content Courses
  4. Mathematics Courses
  5. Professional Development and Reading Sequence
  6. Electives as Required


38 (11)




  Total 120

Details of each of these areas are described below.

A. Core Curriculum Program 42 Sem. Hrs.

 University Core and First-Year Seminars

See catalog section on University Core. Students choosing a science education concentration must take Statistics for Life (MATH 1442 ), Biology I (BIOL 1406 ), General Chemistry I with lab (CHEM 1411 ), Environmental Science I: Intro to Environmental Science (ESCI 1401 ) and General Psychology (PSYC 2301 ). Some of these courses are included in the Foundations requirements; in such cases the semester hours are indicated in parenthesis for the course. 

B. First-Year Seminars (when applicable)

 Full-time, first-year students are required to take the following courses:


 *Only BIOL 1406  (4 hours),  CHEM 1411  (4 hours) and ESCI 1401  (3 hours) are counted in the University Core.  The 1-hour laboratory component of ESCI 1401  will be counted in the major requirements rather than the University Core.

D. Mathematics Courses

Choose one of the following:

Total: 3


*MATH 1442  will apply to the University Core Curriculum.

E. Professional Development Sequence

Students who seek a 4-8 level Science teaching certificate should contact a Certification Officer in the College of Education about requirements and procedures that must be met to obtain the certificate. The professional development sequence must be taken in a specific order and it is recommended that students contact the College of Education early in their academic careers for specific details on these courses.

Total: 30

F. Electives as Required

Electives as needed to fulfill university graduation requirements.

Total: 7