Biology Education BS (6-12)

This program is designed to prepare a teacher candidate for a career as a biology teacher in grades 6-12. Field experiences include observation and participation in grades 6-12 learning environments. Lesson planning and classroom management are included in courses and field experiences. A semester-long clinical practice (student teaching) experience is the culminating requirement of the biology education major.

Mission Statement

The biology education major seeks to prepare teacher candidates who have a broad-based understanding of biology including experimental and analytical laboratory technique that will prepare them to be effective teachers of life science/biology (grades 6-12).

Student Learning Outcomes

Teacher candidates with a Biology Education major will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate their knowledge of biological principles;
  2. Apply knowledge and skills in experimental and analytical techniques, including health and safety precautions for lab procedures;
  3. Clearly communicate scientific information;
  4. Apply analytical and critical thinking skills to solve biological and ecological problems and to promote lifelong learning;
  5. Evaluate ethical implications of biomedical technology so that informed decisions can be made in light of Christian beliefs and values; and
  6. Perform effectively as a life science/biology teacher in middle/high school (grades 6-12).

Requirements

FE Includes a Field Experience

Proof of Professional Liability ($1 million) required annually

General Education Core — 65 hours

BUS 2010Financial Stewardship

2

COM 1010Speech Communication

3

ENG 1020English Composition I

3

ENG 1080English Composition II: Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking

3

ENG 2000World Literature

3

ENG 3150English Acquisition (FE-10)

3

 

HIS 1400World Civilizations: Ancient and Medieval World

3

or

HIS 1450World Civilizations: Early Modern and Modern World

3

 

HPE 1500Introduction to Health and Wellness

2

INT 1100Life, Calling, and Purpose

3

MAT 1510Calculus I

4

MUS 1500Fine Arts

3

 

PHL 2010Introduction to Philosophy

3

or

PHL 3070Ethics

3

 

PSY 2010General Psychology

3

PSY 2500Human Growth and Cognition

3

PSY 3411Introduction to the Exceptional Learner

3

REL 2000Introduction to Biblical Faith

3

REL 3000Christian Tradition

3

REL 4000Christian Life and Ministry

3

SCI 2150Introduction to Computer Technology for the Sciences

3

SCI 2510Earth and Space Science

3

SCI 2600Issues in Science

3

INT 1100: Freshman leadership course requirement. Candidates entering with more than 24 hours are exempt.

Choose one of the following — 3 hours

SOC 2500The Family in Society

3

SOC 3200Social Problems

3

SOC 3300Urban Sociology

3

Major — 34 hours

BIO 1510General Biology I

4

BIO 1520General Biology II

4

BIO 2820Microbiology

4

BIO 3040Ecology

4

BIO 3335/PHY 3335/CHE 3335Junior Seminar in Biology

1

BIO 3720Genetics

4

BIO 4335/CHE 4335/PHY 4335Senior Seminar in Biology

1

CHE 1040General Chemistry I

4

CHE 2010Organic Chemistry I

4

 

PHY 2110General Physics I

4

or

PHY 1010Basic College Physics I

4

 

Certification in First Aid and CPR

0

Professional Secondary Core — 19 hours

EDU 1020Becoming a Teacher (FE-20)

1

EDU 1500Foundations of Education

2

EDU 2300Secondary Curriculum and Instruction (FE-20)

3

EDU 2556Effective Classroom Environments

2

EDU 3410Educational Tests and Measurements

2

EDU 3510Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (FE-20)

3

EDU 4230Methods and Materials for Secondary Education (FE-30)

3

SOC 3270Education in an Urban Culture (FE-10)

3

Professional Semester — 12 hours

EDU 4600Student Teaching Seminar

3

EDU 4670Enhanced Student Teaching Secondary School

1-9

EDU 4730edTPA Seminar

0

Strongly Recommended Additional Courses

Courses

BIO 2010Anatomy-Physiology I

4

or

BIO 2020Anatomy-Physiology II

4

 

BIO 3730Molecular Biology

4

Total Credit Hours: 130