Bachelors of Science in Biology

Teachers Certification in Biology 

A major in Biology with a teaching certification requires 122 semester hours, that consists of 43 credit hours of general education courses (9 credits of Communication Courses; 9 credits of Humanities and Fine Arts Courses;  6 credits of Social/Behavioral Science Courses; 3 credits of Math, 6 credits of History Courses, 8 credits of Natural Science Courses; 1 credit of University Orientation); 59 credit hours of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Courses and  21 credit hours of Education Courses. MATH 1720 or higher is required to take Physics.  No grade of less than “C” in any Biology Course will be accepted as credit toward meeting Departmental requirements.

All Teacher Education/Blocked courses are required and will be offered  only  during the indicated semesters of the Junior and Senior Years.

Teacher Licensure Candidates are only eligible to participate in professional education classes upon successful admission to the Teacher Education program at the conclusion of their sophomore year.

Asterisks are for the indicated classification year.  

Teachers Certification in Biology Plan of Study

Freshman Year

 

 

 

Fall

 

                     Spring

 

BIOL 1110, 1111 Gen Biol I/Lab  4       BIOL 1120, 1121 Gen Biol  II/Lab       4               

CHEM 1110  General Chemistry I

  3

CHEM 1120 General Chemistry II

3

CHEM 1111 General Chemistry I Lab

  1

CHEM 1121 General Chemistry II Lab

1

ENGL 1010 Freshman English I

  3

ENGL 1020 Freshman English II

3

HPSS 1510 Health and Wellness

  3

MATH 1720 or higher

3

UNIV 1000 Service to Leadership

  1

COMM 2200 Public Speaking

3

 

15

                                                             17

Sophomore Year

 

 

 

Fall

 

                         Spring

 

BIOL 2110, 2111 Cell Biology and Lab

4

BIOL 2120, 2121 Principles of Genetics and Lab

4

CHEM 2010 Organic Chemistry I

3

CHEM 2020  Organic Chemistry II

3

CHEM 2011 Organic Chemistry I Lab

1

CHEM 2021 Organic Chemistry II Lab

1

ENGL 2010 English literature

3

HIST 2020 American History II

3

HIST 2010 American History I

3

EDSE 3330 Education Exceptional Children

3

EDCI 2010 Hist. and Found. Of Education

3

PSYC 2420  Human Growth and Learn

3

 

17

 

17

Fall of Sophomore Year

DECLARE Biology with Teacher Certification as Major and meet with Academic Advisor

Praxis I Exams-Reading, Writing and Math (or fulfill the exempt score on the ACT -22 or SAT – 1020)

 

Spring of Sophomore Year

Apply for Admission Teacher Education/Pre-    Residency Block 1; minimum GPA 2.75; satisfactory report on Criminal Background Check; C (or higher) on all classes in Freshman/Sophomore classes.

 

Junior Year

 

 

 

Fall

Pre-Residency-Block I

 

Spring

Pre-Residency-Block 2*

 

BIOL 4130 or 4140 Contemporary Problems in Ecology I, II 

3

BIOL 4120, 4121 Principles of Ecology and Lab

4

 

ART 1010 Art Appreciation

3

*EDCI 3870 Curriculum Development

3

 

SOCI 2010 Intro to Sociology

3

PHYS 2020 College Physics II

3

 

PHYS 2010 College Physics I

3

PHYS 2021 College Physics II Lab

1

 

PHYS 2011 College Physics I Lab

1

*EDLI 4910 Reading in the Secondary Schools

3

 

BIOL 3200/3201 (or any 3000-4000 level physiology course)

4

 

 

 

 

17

 

14

 

Fall of Junior Year

Praxis II Exam:  

Biology (7-12) Content Knowledge

 

Spring of Junior Year

Apply - ADMISSION TO RESIDENCY 1-Block 3        *Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education-Block I  

*Co-req Courses: Block 2

 

 

Senior Year

Residency

 

 

 

 

Fall

Residency I-Block 3*

 

Spring

Residency II- Block 4*

 

 

BIOL 3710 Method of Teaching Biology

3

*EDCI 4705 Educational Student Teaching Seminar)

3

 

BIOL 4170 or 4180 Senior Seminar

1

*BIOL 4724  Enhanced Student Teaching                (continuation of Residency I Field Placement)                      

9

 

RELS 2010 (or any humanities elective)

3

 

 

 

*EDCI 4620 Field Experience in Education III (approximately 90-100+ hrs. in field placement)                        

6

 

 

 

 

13

 

12

 

Fall of Senior Year

Praxis II EXAM: Principles of Learning and Teaching (7-12)

*Pre-Requisite: Admission to Residency I/CPR Cert.                    *Co-Requisite Courses: Residency I/Block 3           

 

Spring of Senior Year

*Pre-Requisite: Successful Completion of Residency 1-Block 3 and ALL Praxis Exams

*Co-Requisite Courses: Residency 2 /Block 4

(16  weeks/M-F in field)                                     

 

 

                                                                                                                        Total 122 Credit Hours