Visit
Contact

Major Requirements

Minimum Total Hours: 124

Total Liberal Arts Hours: 60

For General Education Requirements see the requirements list that can be found under the General Education Council. Exceptions to the requirements are as follows: only one fine arts course is required (ART 101, MUS 104, OR FNA 102); PSY 203 course must be taken to meet the behavioral science requirement. Requirements for the lab science and mathematics proficiency will be met through the major.

Minimum Requirements for the major: Students must maintain a GPA of 2.7 in the major and overall. Students must receive no grade less than a C in the major; a minimum grade of C+ in 100-level EDU courses; a minimum grade of B- in 200-level (and above) EDU courses; a minimum grade of C in CMC 101 and CMP 101; and a minimum of C in mathematics proficiency course (within the major).

For Transfer Requirements: See institutional transfer policies.

Application to the Major: A standard institutional major application should be submitted to the Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences at the end of the sophomore year. A minimum overall GPA of 2.7 is required to be accepted and to remain in the major. In addition, students must apply to the Teacher Education Department after completing two EDU courses (usually EDU 185 and EDU 195) and must apply to student teach by the appropriate deadline. Contact the Teacher Education Department for specific deadlines and forms.

Major Requirements: 43 hours as follows:

  • 30 hours in biology: BIO 101, 101 lab, 102, 102 lab; one sequence to include BIO 201, 201 lab & BIO 202, 202 lab OR BIO 320, 320 lab & BIO 321, 321 lab; BIO 260 & 460; BIO 302, 302 lab & BIO 420, 420 lab; and 3-4 hours biology elective;
  • 8 hours in chemistry: CHM 111*, 111 lab, 114, 114 lab;
  • 2-4 hours in computer science: CSC 101 OR CSC 140;
  • 3-4 hours in mathematics: one of the following: MTH 185, 200, or 281*

NOTE: BCH 100-Basic Biochemistry (3) will be required before enrolling in the major courses listed above if it is determined that remediation is needed in biology or chemistry.

* Passing the math placement could be required before enrolling in some introductory courses.

Students who are pursuing Adolescence Education Biology for grades 7-12 (with an extension in Biology for grades 5-6) are also required to complete:

  • A 39-hour core of education courses (EDU 185, 195 & 195 OPE, 235, 260, 294, 357 & 357 OPE, 360 & 360 OPE, 385 & 385 OPE, PSY 203 Lab, 402A & 402B, 442);
  • Training in Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment;
  • Training in School Violence Prevention and Intervention;
  • 100 hours of fieldwork, called observation-participation experience (OPE).

Students who are pursuing dual certification in Adolescence Education Biology for grades 7-12 and Students with Disabilities 7-12 Generalist are required to complete:

  • A 51-hour core of education courses, including courses for teaching content to students with disabilities (EDU 185, 195 & 195 OPE, 235, 294, 357 & 357 OPE, 360 & 360 OPE, 365 & 365 OPE, 385 & 385 OPE, 390, PSY 203 Lab, HST 361, LIT 361, MTH 361, 402A & 402B, 442);
  • Training in Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment;
  • Training in School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • 150 hours of fieldwork, called observation-participation experience (OPE).

View the full check sheet to see detailed course requirements: