Jan 26, 2020  
2018-19 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2018-19 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED]

Biology, Teacher Certification, B.S.

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Definition of the Major

Students wishing to choose a major in biology should consult with members of the department faculty early in their university career. Because the department includes a number of biological disciplines, no single curriculum can be listed for all majors. All students majoring in biology and pursuing teacher certification are required to take 37 credit hours of courses for the life science teaching field consisting of BIO 130 , BIO 131 /BIO 131L , BIO 133 /BIO 133L , BIO 309 BIO 313 BIO 327 BIO 341 BIO 342 BIO 351 BIO 370  and BIO 470 . Each student is strongly encouraged to work closely with a departmental advisor to design the program best suited to the interests and goals of the student.

A minimum of 37 semester hours of biology, including the core curriculum, with 15 hours in advanced courses is required for a B.S. with a major in biology. Biology majors also must satisfy all the requirements of the B.S. for the College of Sciences and Mathematics  outlined earlier in the bulletin.

Students who major in biology must complete the following requirements:

Each student also is required to complete a minor in secondary education, as described elsewhere in this bulletin.

Certification for High School Life Sciences Teaching

Requirements for certification are listed in the educator certification section of this bulletin. A summary of the biology course requirements for certification is listed below under the emphasis educator certification.

Teacher Certification Curriculum

Refer to the Educator Certification  portion of this bulletin in the James I. Perkins College of Education  section for specific professional teacher education coursework requirements.


*Upon approval of the advisor, certain courses required for the B.S. outlined for the College of Sciences and Mathematics  elsewhere in this bulletin may be substituted for one or more of the courses shown above.

The Graduate Major and Minor

The biology department offers a graduate program for students who plan to work toward the master’s degree. For detailed information concerning the graduate major and minor programs in the biology department, refer to the Graduate Bulletin.

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