BS in Chemistry/Biochemistry with Teacher Certification

Earn your bachelor of science degree in chemistry/biochemistry with a teacher certification at TWU.

Our flexible undergraduate degree plan with teacher certification combines liberal arts study with a chemistry/biochemistry concentration, teacher education coursework and hands-on student teaching experience. This plan allows you to major in chemistry while also pursuing your teacher certification and a specialization in an almost unlimited number of other areas, such as business, journalism, biology, mathematics, nutrition, or computer science. We offer two options for certification: teacher certification in physical science for grades 6-12, and teacher certification in science for grades 7-12.

Program features

Unparalleled research opportunities

As an undergraduate student, you will participate in cutting-edge research with knowledgeable faculty. You will have opportunities to present your work at local, regional and national scientific conferences. Many of our undergraduate students are co-authors on peer-reviewed papers published in prestigious journals such as The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, ACS Omega, Biochemical Biophysical Research Communications, and Journal of the American Chemical Society.

A network of successful alumni

Our undergraduate students have gone on to Ph.D. programs at institutions such as Washington University, Duke University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

State of the art facilities

Learn the theory and practice of instrumental analysis in our outstanding, state of the art chemistry laboratories. Our undergraduate teaching labs are equipped with instrumentation such as GC-MS, AA Spectrometer, UV/Vis and fluorescence spectrometers, and a 90 MHz NMR spectrometer.

A culture of safety and sustainability

The development of GLPs (Good Laboratory Practices) includes learning and using safe practices in the chemical laboratory. We have developed a culture in which safety is both a personal and social responsibility. We are also incorporating more environmentally sound practices into our undergraduate laboratory courses. As an example of "Green Chemistry" in action, we have incorporated microwave synthesis experiments into our second-year organic lab.

Award-winning faculty and curriculum

For “graduating chemists with civic lenses” and addressing such social issues as sustainability, water quality and safety, the TWU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was recently singled out for special recognition by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Faculty from the department also received the William E. Bennet Award, presented by the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, for their success in promoting civic engagement and social responsibility through their courses and degree programs.

Undergraduate Admission

When you apply to TWU, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores. Admission to TWU is valid for four terms, unless you have attended another higher education institution.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

Questions about the admissions process? Contact the Office of Admissions Processing.

Office of Admissions
Texas Woman’s University
P.O. Box 425649
Denton, TX 76204-5649
oap@twu.edu
940-898-3076 or 1-866-809-6130 ext. 3076

Admission to the Educator Preparation Program

Application Deadlines

There are three application periods per year (Fall, Spring and Summer). Students must have their applications in by the deadline the semester before they intend to take EDUC 3003 and EDUC 3482 (see schedule below). Please adhere to the following guidelines: We recommend preparing your application well in advance of the deadline. That way you will be able to identify and resolve any potential issues before the deadline date. No late applications will be accepted. If the deadline date falls on a weekend or a day that TWU is closed, applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on the next day that TWU is open after the deadline day. 

Spring Application Deadlines*  (Admission to the EDUC 3000s Summer)

  • May 1 - Deadline to apply for Summer admission
  • May 31 - Deadline for Transfer Grades, Grade Changes, or Any Other Requirement

Summer Application Deadlines  (Admission to the EDUC 3000s Fall)

  • July 1 - Deadline to apply for Fall admission
  • July 31 - Deadline for Transfer Grades, Grade Changes, or Any Other Requirement

Fall Application Deadlines*  (Admission to the EDUC 3000s Spring)

  • December 1 - Deadline to apply for Spring admission
  • December 21 - Deadline for Transfer Grades, Grade Changes, or Any Other Requirement

  *If you apply while taking EDUC 3003 and need a grade in EDUC 2003 to increase your GPA to a 2.75, the Office of Educator Preparation Services will accept your application for review.

  ^If you intend to register early for Summer and Fall, it is recommended that you apply to the EPP by December 1 and meet all requirements by December 21.

Teacher Certification

In addition to the general undergraduate admissions requirements, to obtain acceptance into the undergraduate Educator Preparation Program (and prior to taking EDUC 3003EDUC 3482EDUC 4113EDUC 4243, and Clinical Student Teaching) students must have:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.75 (includes all courses, whether posted to TWU transcript or used on a degree plan. Excludes developmental and repeated courses);
  • Completed EDUC 2003 with a C or higher;
  • Demonstrated basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by meeting the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative;
  • Completed the Digital Literacy Pre-assessment;
  • Successfully completed a pre-admission departmental interview with an interview panel;
  • A minimum of 12 to 15 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for the certification sought;
  • Completed department application for admission to the Educator Preparation Program;
  • Completed a Commitment Contract acknowledging awareness and understanding of the Professional Dispositions Policy and Educators’ Code of Ethics;
  • Submitted a non-refundable Texas Education Agency Fee; and
  • Acknowledged and accepted admission to the Educator Preparation Program.

Please note: 

  • All accepted students must maintain the admission requirements to remain in the TWU Education Preparation Program.
  • Admission requirements are determined by Texas Education Agency policies and are subject to change without notice.
  • Students seeking Bilingual certification must meet minimum proficiency in Spanish.
  • Students seeking Deaf/Hard of Hearing certification must meet minimum proficiency in sign.

Contact the Office of Educator Preparation Services (OEPS) at copeadvising@twu.edu or 940-898-2829 with any questions.

 

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The BS in Chemistry/Biochemistry with Teacher Certification prepares educator candidates for the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) exam (State Board for Educator Certification through the Texas Education Agency). If you are a resident of another state, contact the Office of Educator Preparation Services to determine whether our program fulfills requirements to take the certification exam in your home state.

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