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Bachelor of Sciences in Biological and Physical Sciences with Secondary-level Teacher Certification

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The Bachelor of Science program at the University of Houston-Downtown provides a broad-based curriculum in the liberal arts and a specific set of courses in the Natural Sciences designed to meet the career goals and interest of the student. While the department offers more narrowly focused degree programs in biology, chemistry, microbiology, and physics, this program allows the student to focus on earning teacher certification credits as part of their baccalaureate science program. The approved degree plan for this program will be determined through consultation between the students’ advisor, and the chairperson in the Department of Natural Sciences.

The degree program will provide students a high-impact educational experience through smaller classes, faculty mentoring, modern labs, hands-on experience and flexible class options. Students are encouraged to participate in an appropriate field experience or research activity as part of their curriculum.


Graduates who earn a BS in Biological and Physical Science will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the discipline (Basic Knowledge.
  • Demonstrate the understanding of the ethical standards for the responsible conduct of scientific research and its applications (Ethics).
  • Carry out the independent project-based activity (Research and Knowledge Application).
  • Effectively use the scientific method and scientific reasoning both qualitatively and quantitatively (Scientific Reasoning).
  • Work as part of a team (Teamwork).
  • Demonstrate laboratory skills common to modern laboratories (Laboratory Skills - Technology).
  • Effectively communicate scientific information in writing and in oral presentations (Communication Skills).


The following four-year degree plan is based on the UHD 2016-2017 academic catalog. Students should meet with a UHD Academic Advisor to develop their own plan.


The teacher certification program covers all areas needed for effective high-school teaching. Secondary science teachers generally teach subjects such as biology, earth and physical sciences in public or private high schools (grades 9-12). This program will help science teachers create lab experiments, grasp the basic concepts and laws behind scientific knowledge, and effectively explain and illustrate these concepts to their students.


  • Chemistry 21 Hours Minimum
  • Geology 20 Hours Minimum
  • Microbiology 20 Hours Minimum




We aim to foster your academic, personal, and professional goals. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the program coordinator.

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