Biological Sciences Department

BA - Life Science, Preparation for Teaching (Not Accepting Students)

This major is designed for students interested in teaching in elementary school or middle school. The following course work satisfies San Jose State University's requirements for a BA in Life Science.

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing in the state of California no longer recognizes Teacher Prep degrees as verification of subject matter competence. In order to verify subject matter competence for a Single Subject Teaching Credential individuals must pass all portions of the appropriate Commission-approved subject matter examination(s).

Maintaining a minimum grade point average (GPA) and completion of the program will not guarantee admission to the credential program. Like all other applicants, students must meet credential program standards and undergo screening for admission. See "Teaching: How to Become a Teacher in California" (See Teaching) for information on application and admission to credential programs.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements11
Core Lower Division General Education9
Of the 39 units required by the university, 30 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education0
Of the 9 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions0
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Consult with major advisor for details.
See courses in Requirements of Major, or consult Major Advisor for department recommended coursework to meet GE requirement.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement0
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Requirements of the Major101-110
Reading, Language and Literature18-21
ENGL 001A. First Year WritingA23
ENGL 002. Critical Thinking and WritingA33
ENGL 001B also accepted for Transfer Students.
ENGL 112A. Children's Literature3
Complete one course from:
LING 107. Patterns of English3
ENGL 103. Modern English3
Complete one sequence from:
Complete one course from:
Linguistics Sequence
LING 108. Introduction to Second Language Development, Teaching, and Assessment3
COMM 045. Media and CultureA33
EDEL 108E. Teaching Reading in Linguistically and Culturally diverse classrooms3
Development Sequence
CHAD 150. Development of Communicative Competence3
CHAD 151. Developing Literacy in a Diverse Society3
History and Social Science15
GEOG 137. California in Historical and Social Scientific Perspectives3
GEOG 138. United States in Historical and Social Science PerspectivesS3
GEOG 139. The World in Historical and Social Science PerspectivesV3
Complete one sequence from:
Asian American Sequence
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM63
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM73
US History Sequence
HIST 015A. Essentials of U.S. HistoryM123
HIST 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentM113
MATH 012. Number SystemsB43
NOTE: Must achieve a grade of "C" or better
MATH 105. Concepts in Mathematics, Probability and Statistics3
MATH 106. Intuitive Geometry3
BIOL 021. Human BiologyB2+B33
CHEM 030A. Introductory ChemistryB1+B33
CHEM 030B. Introductory Chemistry3
PHYS 001. Elementary PhysicsB13
PHYS 001L. Elementary Physics LabB31
GEOL 103. Earth Systems and the EnvironmentR3
SCI 110. Global Themes of Science3
Visual and Performing Arts9
CA 177. Interdisciplinary Arts for Teaching3
Complete two courses from:
ART 039. Multicultural Arts for Children3
ART 138. Studio Art Experiences for Young People3
DANC 148. Children's Dance3
MUSC 010B. Introduction to MusicC13
MUSC 185A. Music for Children3
TA 131. Storytelling3
Physical Education and Health3-6
Complete courses from:
Education Health Sequence
KIN 177. Movement Experiences for Children3
EDTE 190. Health Education for the Classroom Teacher3
Or take the following course
CHAD 149. Child Health and Physical Activity3
Human Development3-6
Complete one sequence from:
Development Sequence
PSYC 082. Child and Adolescent PsychologyD13
CHAD 070. Lifespan Development in the 21st CenturyE3
Child Development Sequence
CHAD 060. Child DevelopmentE3
Natural Science Concentration25
BIOL 004. The Profession of Biology0.5
BIOL 005. Computer Literacy in Biology3
BIOL 020. Ecological BiologyB2+B33
BIOL 066. Human PhysiologyB2+B35
BIOL 100W. Scientific Communication WorkshopZ3
BIOL 144. Culminating Experience for Biological Science Seniors0.5
GEOL 105. General OceanographyR3
SCED 175. Classroom Experiences in Science Teaching1

Total Units:120