The Biology Secondary Education Major is designed for students who seek careers providing personal fulfillment and service to others. Its mission is to prepare graduates who are scientifically literate and who recognize both the practical usefulness and the inherent value of a liberal arts education.
Major Program Requirements
BI 171-172 Biological Principles I & II
BI 281 Genetics
Two additional upper division courses from the following list:
BI 305 Microbiology
BI 306 Plant Biology
BI 307 Animal Physiology
BI 311 Ecology
BI 315 Physiological Ecology
BI 323 Comparative Anatomy
BI 350 Developmental Biology
BI 370 Evolutionary Biology
BI 382 Cell Biology
BI 329 or 330 (WI) Molecular Biology
CH 353 Biochemistry
Other Program Requirements
CH 101-102 General Chemistry
CH 301 Organic Chemistry OR CH 285 Intermediate Organic Chemistry (Students who require only one semester of organic chemistry should enroll in CH 285.)
MA 315 Probability & Statistics
MA xxx One additional course in mathematics
PHIL 252 Philosophy and History of Science
PHYS xxx One course in physics is recommended
1. All Biology for Secondary Education majors must take the following courses, or their equivalent, in sequence - BI 171, BI 172, BI 281.
2. All Biology for Secondary Education students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all major courses (sections I and II above) and successfully pass the senior comprehensive examination in biology.
3. All Biology for Secondary Education students must meet the following requirements: 1) earn a grade of "C" or better in all Professional Education Requirements, Major Program Requirements, and Other Program Requirements; 2) earn a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average; and 3) earn a minimum 2.65 grade point average in Major Program Requiements, Other Program Requirements, and Professional Education Requirements.
4. See Secondary Education Requirements.
Professional Education Requirements
AN/SO 218 Introduction to Native American Studies
CS 103 Instructional Media and Technology
ED 102 Foundations of Education
ED/PSY 229 Educational Psychology
ED 245 Diversity Field Experience
ED 305 Classroom Management
ED 318 Content Area Reading and Secondary Methods
ED 346 Teaching Science in the Secondary School
ED 405 Education Seminar
ED 410 Student Teaching
ED 412 Measurement & Assessment in Teaching
PSY 228 Adolescent Psychology OR PSY 105 General Psychology and PSY 203 Developmental Psychology
SPED 300 Introduction to Exceptional Children
United States and contemporary world cultures course(s)
Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program and Student
Teacher Education Program: Students pursuing academic programs that lead to teacher licensure must seek admission to the teacher education program by the end of their sophomore year.
Student Teaching : In the spring semester of the junior year, all preservice teachers must seek admission to student teaching.