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The Single Subject Teaching Credential in Science with a Concentration in Biological Science

Course Requirements for the Single Subject Teaching Credential: 69 units

In most majors, candidates for this credential will normally fulfill the single subject matter preparation program by completing the appropriate education option in the major. Any exceptions to this procedure are noted at the end of this section. In addition to the single subject matter preparation program, completion of an additional professional education program is required to qualify for a California teaching credential. Professional education (credential) programs are available through the School of Education. For prerequisites and other admission requirements to professional education programs, see the “Education” chapter of this catalog. All credential candidates recommended by CSU, Chico (under the SB 2042 standards) are authorized to teach all students including English learners in the regular classroom. You may also want to consider qualifying for BCLAD (Bilingual, Cross-cultural, Language, and Academic Development) emphasis and supplementary authorizations in additional subject matter areas as you plan your program.

Your departmental credential adviser is responsible for verifying that the subject matter preparation program has been completed. If you are interested in obtaining a teaching credential, confer with the appropriate credential adviser early in your university career. Department credential advisers can assist you in planning an educational program that meets both major and credential requirements.

Subject matter preparation requirements are governed by legislative action and approval of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Requirements may change between catalogs. Please consult with your departmental credential adviser for current information.

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this credential.

Single Subject Matter Preparation in Science: 69 units

Breadth: 30 units

8 courses required:

BIOL    006A    Biological Principles    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: Recommend CHEM 037 or concurrent enrollment.

BIOL    006B    Biological Principles    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006A; recommend CHEM 038 or concurrent enrollment.

CHEM    037    General Chemistry    4.0    FS *

Prerequisites: Second-year high school algebra; one year high school chemistry or CHEM 016. (One year of high school physics and one year of high school mathematics past Algebra II are recommended.)

CHEM    038    General Chemistry    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 037.

GEOS    002    Physical Geology    3.0    FS *

Prerequisites: High school chemistry or physics is recommended; students with no previous science courses are advised to enroll in GEOS 001. No college credit for those who have passed GEOS 001.

GEOS    142    Concepts in Earth/Space Science    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: GEOS 041 or faculty permission.

PHYS    002A    General Physics    4.0    FS *

Prerequisites: High school physics or faculty permission. High school trigonometry and second-year high school algebra or equivalent (MATH 003 and MATH 004 at CSU, Chico).

PHYS    002B    General Physics    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: PHYS 002A.

Concentration: 39 units

6 courses required:

BIOL    201    Intro to Biological Literature    1.0    FS

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; junior standing; BIOL 006B.

BIOL    207    Genetics    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B.

BIOL    251    Principles of Evolution    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: BIOL 207.

BIOL    258    Fundamentals of Ecology    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B. Some taxonomic background is recommended.

CHEM    070    Organic Chemistry    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 038.

CHEM    170    Organic Chemistry    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 070.

2 courses selected from:

BIOL    009    General Botany    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B or faculty permission.

BIOL    010    General Zoology    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B or faculty permission.

BIOL    011    General Microbiology    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: A college course in biology and in general chemistry.

1 course selected from:

BIOL    202    Cell and Molecular Biology    4.0    FA

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B.

BIOL    214    Vertebrate Physiology    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B, BIOL 010; CHEM 028 or CHEM 070.

BIOL    215    Plant Physiology    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B or BIOL 008; BIOL 009; CHEM 028 or CHEM 070; or faculty permission.

BIOL    272    Bacterial Physiology    4.0    SP

Prerequisites: BIOL 011; BIOL 207; CHEM 070. CHEM 250A is recommended.

1 course selected from:

BIOL    205    Comparative Anatomy: Vertebrates    4.0    FA

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B, BIOL 010.

BIOL    220    Embryology    4.0    SP

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B; BIOL 010 or faculty permission.

BIOL    225    Plant Morphology    4.0    FA

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B or BIOL 009.

BIOL    240    Plant Systematics    4.0    SP

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B and BIOL 009, or faculty permission.

BIOL    250    Invertebrate Zoology    4.0    S2

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B, BIOL 010.

BIOL    263    General Entomology    4.0    SP

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B or faculty permission. Recommended: BIOL 010.

5-7 units required:

Any 200-level BIOL courses or department-approved equivalents to bring the total number of units for the concentration to 39.


Since the BS degree program in the biological sciences requires 15 units in chemistry, you may wish to consider a supplemental authorization which would allow teaching chemistry as well. We suggest that you confer with the Biological Sciences Department’s credential adviser to explore your options.


A supplementary authorization to teach biology can be added to any valid single subject teaching credential by taking 20 units of biology or 10 units of upper-division biology courses. Courses must include molecular and cell biology, biology of organisms, and evolution. At least one course must include a laboratory. Check with the Biological Sciences Department’s credential adviser for suggested courses.