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Biological and Physical Sciences - Teacher Certification, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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Overview

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 of the Biological and Physical Sciences - Teacher Certification 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).

Career options:

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    121 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • General Biology
  • General Biology Laboratory
  • General Chemistry
  • Physical Geology
  • Physical Geology Laboratory
  • Historical Geology Laboratory
  • Historical Geology
  • Physics
  •  Physics Laboratory

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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General Requirements

  • Submit an Affidavit of Support indicating that a sponsor will be responsible for all of your educational and living expenses.
  •  In order to protect your privacy rights, the office of International Admissions requires that you give written permission specifying the person(s) who may access information concerning the status of your application and/or admission to the University of Houston-Downtown.
  •  You must provide a certified bank letter indicating that your sponsor is financially capable of meeting your education and living expenses. The bank letter must indicate, either in U.S. dollars or in the local currency, the amount maintained in your sponsors’ bank account(s)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13180 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13180 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    13135 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13135 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    5117 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5117 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Houston

  • 1067 - 1950 USD/month
    Living Costs

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