Jan 20, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, BS — Grades 7-12 Life 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 Engineering programs and by the College of Education and Human Development. 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: http://www.sbec.state.tx.us/SBECOnline/certinfo/becometeacher.asp. 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: http://www.texes.ets.org. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi offers several degrees leading to a number of these teacher certifications. The College of Education and Human Development 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:

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, 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 and Human Development 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 and Human Development 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 and Human Development, “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 and Human Development for the degree to be granted.

Degree Requirements

The Life Science Education plan is designed for those students who desire a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and a secondary teaching certificate in life science. The requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree with grades 7-12 Life Science Education Concentration are a minimum of 120* semester hours. Forty-two are designated University core curriculum courses; 39 are biology teaching core courses, and 27 are professional development courses. Other requirements include a psychology course and upper division elective courses.

*Students may have to take additional hours to meet university requirements such as First-Year Seminar courses or major requirements that include 4 hour math and science courses.

Additional Educational Requirements for Certification:
Students seeking teaching certification are required to complete 9 credits of English coursework and 3 credits of Public Speaking coursework. 
ENGL 1302 and a literature course (ENGL 2316, 2332, or 2333) from the core curriculum will satisfy 6 of the 9 required credits. Either COMM 1311 or COMM 1315 will satisfy the public speaking course requirement. 


General Requirements

Sem. Hrs.
A. First-Year Seminars/Professional Skills2
B. University Core Curriculum42
C. Support Areas12
D. Biology Teaching Core38
E. Professional Development/Reading Sequence27

 Details of each of these areas are described below.

A. First-Year Seminars/Professional Skills (2 Sem. Hrs.)

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

Total: 2

B. University Core Curriculum Program (42 Sem. Hrs.)

All students must take 42 sem. hrs. of corsework in the University Core Curriculum Program. Core requirements and courses are described in detail in the University Core Curriculum Programs  section of the catalog. Life Science Education students MUST take specific courses in the University Core Curriculum to ensure that they have the proper prerequisites for more advanced coursework. These specific requirements are:

Communication (6 sem. hrs)

Total: 42

C. Support Areas (12 Sem. Hrs.)

  • 4 sem. hrs.
  • 4 sem. hrs.
  • CHEM 1411 - 1 sem. hr. lab

    ENGL 2000-4000 level elective - 3 sem. hrs.

    To become certified to teach, a total of 9 sem. hrs. of English are required. Six of these credit hours are taken in the University Core Curriculum Program: ENGL 1302 Writing and Rhetoric (3 sem. hrs.) and the required 3 sem. hr. literature course (ENGL 2316 Literature and Culture OR ENGL 2332 Literature of the Western World: From the Classics to the Renaissance OR ENGL 2333 Literature of the Western World: From the Enlightenment to the Present). One additional 3 sem. hr. English course (2000-level or higher)  is required to meet certification requirements.


Total: 12

D. Biology Teaching Core (38 Sem. Hrs.)

For the Chemistry of Life/Cell Biology Requirement

Choose one of the following courses:

For the Organismal (Animal) Requirement

Choose one of the following courses:

For the Organismal (Plant) Requirement

Choose one of the following courses:

Total: 38

E. Professional Development and Reading Sequence (27 Sem. Hrs.)

Students who seek a 7-12 level Life Science teaching certificate should contact a Certification Officer in the College of Education and Human Development 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 and Human Development early in their academic careers for specific details on these courses.