Program type:

Teaching Certification

On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2 years
Credit Hours:

Share your passion for biochemistry with the next generation of learners with Teach North Texas and UNT.
Teach North Texas is UNT's innovative math and science secondary level teacher preparation program. Part of the UTeach network, TNT's goal is to address the critical shortage of qualified STEM teachers by offering a chemistry with a focus on biochemistry teacher certification as part of your undergraduate degree. Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to sit for the certification examinations in Chemistry.

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Why Earn a Biochemistry Teacher Certification?

If you are an undergraduate student interested in teaching high school science, then Teach North Texas is for you. Teach North Texas is UNT's innovative math and science secondary level teacher preparation program.

TNT lets interested students explore the teaching profession in an initial one-credit hour introductory course followed by a two-credit hour introductory course that can be taken as early as freshman year. Once in the program, students take courses that emphasize field experiences, teaching strategies, and concepts related specifically to the Biochemistry subjects the students will teach.

Marketable Skills
  • Oral and written communication
  • Application of the scientific method
  • Operation of modern analytical instrumentation
  • Data organization and interpretation
  • In-depth knowledge of biochemistry
  • Scientific communication and presentation skills
  • Teaching and learning strategies

Biochemistry Teacher Certification Highlights

UNT’s Life Sciences Complex is a state-of-the-art research facility for biochemistry. It features an open research laboratory concept, a climate-controlled rooftop greenhouse for advanced plant science research and an aquatics lab that incorporates fresh and saltwater facilities.
The UNT Career Center helps students find learning opportunities and real-world work experience through over 4,000 employers.
Through a generous grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the UNT-HHMI Undergraduate Research Program offers current UNT junior and senior biology and biochemistry majors the opportunity to engage in a PAID research experience in the laboratory of an active UNT researcher for up to one year.
Our Careers in the Life Sciences program includes information about careers choices, career preparation, survival skills and how to become involved in research labs.
Students can join Talon Teach, an organization that offers future teachers a place to network, discuss ideas, and create lasting relationships with each other and the University.
After graduation, Teach North Texas offers professional support and development, networking opportunities, and access to top-of-the-line teaching materials.

Career Outlook

Upon completion of your degree, you'll be prepared to sit for examinations for Teacher certification to teach at the primary or secondary level.

With your Biochemistry degree, other potential employers include:

  • Agricultural chemical manufacturers
  • Biotechnology companies
  • Consulting agencies
  • Cosmetic manufacturers
  • Educational institutions
  • Environmental organizations and labs
  • Food manufacturers
  • Independent research firms
  • Pharmaceutical companies

With some additional course work, this major also will help prepare you to enter dental, medical or veterinary school or a training program to become an allied health care professional.

Biochemistry Teacher Certification Courses You Could Take

Organic Chemistry (3 hrs)
Structure, nomenclature, occurrence and uses of main classes of organic compounds; functional groups and their interconversion; character of chemical bonding; stereochemistry; structure and reactivity; acid/base reactions, resonance, inductive and steric effects; reaction mechanisms.
Physical Chemistry for Life Science (3 hrs)
Fundamental principles of physical chemistry applied to biological systems; thermodynamics, equilibrium and bioenergetics, ionic equilibria, pH, buffers, ionic strength, and electrical properties of amino acids and proteins; physical properties of biological macromolecules; transport properties in living systems.
Secondary Teacher Education Preparation I and II (3 hrs)
Introduction to mathematics, science and/or computer science teaching as a career. Discussions include standards-based lesson design and various teaching and behavior management strategies. Students teach three-inquiry-based lessons at the elementary level in course one; modify and teach three inquiry-based lessons in their field in a middle school in course two.
Knowing and Learning in Mathematics, Science and Computer Science (3 hrs)
Psychological foundations of learning. Problem solving in mathematics, science and computer science education, including utilization of technology. Principles of expertise and novice understanding of subject matter. Foundations of formative and summative assessment.
Classroom Interactions (3 hrs)
Principles of delivering effective instruction in various formats (lecture, lab activity, collaborative settings). Examination of gender, class, race and culture in mathematics, science and computer science education. Course requires approximately 10 hours of fieldwork in schools.
Project-Based Instruction in Math, Science and Computer Science (3 hrs)
Advanced principles of delivering effective instruction in various formats. Overview of policy related to mathematics, science and computer science education. Course requires approximately 20 hours of fieldwork in schools. Must be able to pass a criminal background check.

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