Explore the Secondary Education - Biology Major (BA)

This 31-credit major, combined with courses in the education department, can certify you to teach biology in the secondary setting. The National Science Teachers Association recommends that to prepare for teaching in biology, you should study zoology, botany, physiology, genetics, ecology, microbiology, cell biology/biochemistry, and evolution. A minor in physical science is recommended.

Course Requirements 2014-2015

(31 semester hours)

  • BIOL-123 The Living World: Concepts & Connections
  • BIOL-224 Cellular & Genetic Systems
  • BIOL-225 Ecological & Evolutionary Systems
  • BIOL-250 Research Design & Methodology
  • BIOL-295 Biology Seminar (taken concurrently with BIOL-250)
  • One from:
    • BIOL-331 Comparative Animal Physiology
    • BIOL-332 Plant Physiology
  • One from:
    • BIOL-311 Field Botany
    • BIOL-313 Paleontology
    • BIOL-323 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
    • BIOL-338 Animal Behavior
    • BIOL-341 Entomology
    • BIOL-344 Vertebrate Biology
    • BIOL-345 Ecosystem Ecology and Management
    • BIOL-346 Plant Taxonomy
    • BIOL-364 Global Health, Environment, & Sustainability
    • An approved AuSable Institute course
  • One from:
    • BIOL-321 Genetics and Development
    • BIOL-333 Immunology and Hematology
    • BIOL-335 Cell Physiology
    • BIOL-336 General Microbiology
    • CHEM-324 Biochemistry II
  • BIOL-395 Perspectives in Biology
  • Completion of an externally-normed test (e.g. the biology major field test)

Cognates

(22-28 semetser hours)

  • CHEM-103 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM-104 General Chemistry II
  • One from:
    • CHEM-253 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
      or
    • CHEM-261 Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM-262 Organic Chemistry II
  • SCES-214 Communication and Learning in Natural Sciences
  • SCES-314 Integration Methods and Pedagogies for Secondary Science Teachers
  • MATH-145 Biostatistics

Student teaching information

A directed-teaching internship in biology is available only during the spring semester. Prior to the teaching internship, the Biology Department must approve student teachers. Approval criteria may be found in the Teacher Education Program Guidebook, available in the Education Department.

The advisor for the biology teaching major and minor programs is Curtis Blankespoor

How to choose your concentration 

Programs of concentration should be chosen on the basis of current guidelines established by the National Science Teachers Association. The NSTA guidelines recommend study in zoology, botany, physiology, genetics, ecology, microbiology, cell biology/biochemistry, and evolution. A minor in physical science is recommended, and this minor may be constituted of selected cognates.

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