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.

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 federal and state 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:
BIOL151Biological Principles4.0FS
Prerequisites: Recommend CHEM 111 or concurrent enrollment.
BIOL152Biological Principles4.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 151; recommend CHEM 112 or concurrent enrollment.
CHEM111General Chemistry4.0FS *
Prerequisites: Second-year high school algebra; one year high school chemistry. (One year of high school physics and one year of high school mathematics past Algebra II are recommended.)
CHEM112General Chemistry4.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 111.
GEOS102Physical Geology3.0FS *
Prerequisites: High school chemistry or physics is recommended; students with no previous science courses are advised to enroll in GEOS 101. No college credit for those who have passed GEOS 101.
GEOS342Concepts in Earth/Space Sci3.0FS
Prerequisites: GEOS 141 or faculty permission.
PHYS202AGeneral Physics4.0FS *
Prerequisites: High school physics or faculty permission. High school trigonometry and second-year high school algebra or equivalent (MATH 051 and MATH 118 at CSU, Chico).
PHYS202BGeneral Physics4.0FS
Prerequisites: PHYS 202A.

Concentration: 39 units

6 courses required:
BIOL351Intro to Biological Literature1.0FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; junior standing; BIOL 152.
Prerequisites: BIOL 152.
BIOL400Fundamentals of Ecology4.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 152 or faculty permission. Some taxonomic background is recommended.
BIOL408Principles of Evolution3.0FA
Prerequisites: BIOL 360.
CHEM270Organic Chemistry4.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 112.
CHEM370Organic Chemistry3.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 270. 2 courses selected from:
BIOL209General Botany3.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 152 or faculty permission.
BIOL210General Zoology3.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 152 or faculty permission.
BIOL211General Microbiology4.0FS
Prerequisites: A college course in biology and in general chemistry.
1 course selected from:
BIOL410Cell and Molecular Biology4.0FA
Prerequisites: BIOL 152.
BIOL412Bacterial Physiology4.0SP
Prerequisites: BIOL 211; BIOL 360; CHEM 270. CHEM 451 is recommended.
BIOL414Plant Physiology4.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 108 or BIOL 152; BIOL 209; CHEM 108 or CHEM 270; or faculty permission.
BIOL416Vertebrate Physiology4.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 152; CHEM 108 or CHEM 270. Strongly recommended: BIOL 210.
1 course selected from:
BIOL420Invertebrate Zoology4.0S2
Prerequisites: BIOL 152, BIOL 210.
BIOL422General Entomology4.0SP
Prerequisites: BIOL 152 or faculty permission. Recommended: BIOL 210.
Prerequisites: BIOL 152; BIOL 210 or faculty permission.
BIOL430Comparative Anat: Vertebrates4.0FA
Prerequisites: BIOL 152, BIOL 210.
BIOL442Plant Morphology4.0FA
Prerequisites: BIOL 152 or BIOL 209.
BIOL448Plant Systematics4.0SP
Prerequisites: BIOL 152 and BIOL 209, or faculty permission. 5-7 units required:

any 400-level BIOL courses or department-approved equivalents to bring the total number of units for the concentration to 39.


Since the BS 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.