Feb 09, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Biology, Teacher Certification Track, BS

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Biology Major Requirements

The Biology program provides instruction in the fundamental theories, principles, and techniques of biological science. The courses are especially designed for students who are interested in engaging in fundamental and industrial research, teaching biology, allied health professions, environmental sciences, bio-technology, the medical, or dental professions, or veterinary medicine; or in pursuing advanced degrees in the life sciences. Faculty members aid students in planning individual programs geared toward meeting the students’ academic and career goals.

Biology majors must earn a grade of “C” or better in major courses. The requirements for the Biology major are:


* BIOL 106 - Fundamentals of Cell Biology  is to be taken as a Natural Science GER.

Biology majors may substitute BIOL 213 - Morphology of Vascular Plants for BIOL 204 - Vertebrate Structure and Development . Biology majors (Teacher Certification) and Pre-health may substitute BIOL 201  and BIOL 203 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II  for BIOL 204 - Vertebrate Structure and Development . When substituting Human Anatomy and Physiology for Vertebrate Structure and Development, both parts of Human Anatomy and Physiology (8 credits) must be taken in order to receive the equivalent 4 credits for BIOL 204 . Electives may be selected from any 300 or 400 level course.

Chemistry Requirements

Biology majors must take the following courses in chemistry and earn at least a grade of “C” or higher.

Physics and Mathematics Requirements

Additional requirements for the Biology Major in Physics and Mathematics. The following courses must also be passed with a “C” grade or higher:

Comprehensive Exit Examination

Biology majors must also successfully pass a comprehensive exit examination during the Spring of their senior year and complete a senior thesis.

Major in Biology (Teacher Certification Track)

The Biology major (Teacher Certification) prepares students for teaching in the secondary school and offers a relevant series of courses in biology and related sciences to students who are interested in exploring educational career possibilities in the life sciences. Science requirements for this major are the same as those for the liberal arts Biology major. In addition, students must take sufficient professional education courses for certification. BIOL 201 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I  AND BIOL 203 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II  substitute for BIOL 204 - Vertebrate Structure and Development . No credits will be given for both BIOL 201 /BIOL 203  and BIOL 204 

See Plan of Study: Biology Major (Teacher Certification Track)

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