Degree Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in composite science at Sam Houston State University will prepare you to teach biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics/astronomy, and you may choose to focus on one of these sciences by taking degree-specific electives. With a composite science degree, you are likely to find a job in almost any school district in Texas. The demand for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers is so great among school districts that some districts offer stipends on top of salaries, loan forgiveness, and/or tuition assistance.

Our courses are taught by knowledgeable faculty who want to see their students succeed, and we offer support systems available to help you complete your degree. Our writing and math centers are staffed by student tutors and our supplemental instruction program offers peer-facilitated study sessions that consist of content-based activities, discussions, and review.


The composite science degree combines core science coursework with secondary education certification and a focus on the area of science of your choice. Because this degree encompasses several science certifications, it requires 124-129 hours of coursework, depending on the area of specialization. The secondary education portion of the coursework will include field experience in local schools. Students will progress from observation to lesson planning to student-teaching.

Minor: A minor in secondary education is required.

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree(s) available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry Bachelor of Science
Length 124-129 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall, Spring, Summer
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

View the Composite Science brochure (.pdf).

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: May 15