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The Department of Biology offers a degree in Biology Education which also includes the courses and requirements leading to completion of a Texas Secondary Teaching Certificate. The Bachelor of Science degree leading to teacher certification in Biology requires a total of 120 hours with 32 hours in Biology, 16 of which must be at the 3000 level or above, and which must also include:

  • BIOL 1113. Principles of Biology I, and
  • BIOL 1111. Principles of Biology I Lab
  • BIOL 1123. Principles of Biology II, and
  • BIOL 1121. Principles of Biology II Lab
  • BOT 2111, 2113. Plant Biology
  • BACT 3111, 3113 General Microbiology
  • ZOOL 4241, 4243 Mam. Phys.
  • BIOL 4221, 4223 Ecology
  • BIOL 4811/4813 Mol./Cell. Biol.: Gene Expression
  • BIOL 4821/4823 Mol./Cell. Biol.: Genetics


The requirements for Biology majors in mathematics, chemistry, and physics must also be met. A minor of 18 hours must be selected and chemistry is recommended. The addition of Chemistry 3334 Quantitative Analysis to the program will satisfy the requirements for a chemistry minor. Completion of teacher education requirements will automatically lead to a minor in education. An additional 23 hours of education are required for teacher certification. For details and specific courses, see the Biology Department teacher education advisor.

Degree Plans

  • Life Science 8-12 (122 hours)
  • Composite Science 8-12 (128 hours)
  • Science 4-8 (124 hours)

For advising and degree plan preparations for teacher certification, contact:

Dr. Sandra Westmoreland
CFO 1303

page updated 9/22/2016 11:18 AM

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Biology Seminars

Biology seminars are held every Friday from 3:00 - 4:00. See the TWU Biology calendar of events for specific topics. More about “Biology Seminars”...

Seminar Fall 2016

Sept 23:  Dr. Jeffrey Chen, Genomic and Epigenetic Bases for Polyploidy and Hybrid Vigor

Sept 30:  Matt Moustakas, Director of Environmental Safety, TWU, Safety Seminar

Oct 7:  Dr. Kevin A. Morano

Oct 14:  Celebration of Science

Oct 21:  Dr. Sarah Bondos

Oct 28:  Dr. A. Keith Dunkar (joint seminar with UNT)

Nov 4:  Dr. David Allelo

Nov 11: Sanil Sansar, TWU Ph.D. candidate

Nov 18:  Dr. Michael Buszczak


Dec 2:  Dr. Julie Pfeiffer

Dec 9:  Dr. Elisa Na