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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

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

Dr. Sandra Westmoreland
CFO 1303

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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, "Modulation of protein homeostasis by Hsp70 cofactors"

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