Bachelor of Science in Biology - Biology Education Emphasis

The Bachelor of Science in Biology Secondary - Biology Education Emphasis degree has eight basic curricular components:

  1. General Education and Institutional Requirements (some may also be included in program requirements)
  2. Secondary Education Teaching (SET) Licensure Program Requirements
  3. Biology program requirements in Chemistry and Mathematics
  4. Biology major core courses
  5. Upper-division Biology elective course
  6. Lab safety certification course
  7. Secondary Education Teaching (SET) Licensure Program admission and professional courses
  8. Electives: college-level courses from any prefix to meet Graduation Requirements

DSU General Education & Institutional Requirements

All DSU General Education and Institutional requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

Institutional Requirement in Computer Literacy
Computer Literacy Course(s)0-6
General Education Core Requirements
English GE Courses3-7
Information Literacy GE Course0-1
Mathematics GE course3-5
American Institutions GE course(s)3-6
Life Sciences GE course(s)3-10
Physical Sciences GE course(s)3-5
Laboratory Science GE course0-1
Fine Arts GE course3
Literature/Humanities GE course3
Social & Behavioral Sciences GE course3
Exploration GE course3-5
Two (2) Global & Cultural Perspectives Courses0-6
Secondary Education Teaching (SET) Licensure Program Requirements
Complete one of the following through General Education or elective credit:
HIST 1700American Civilization3
POLS 1100American Government3
Complete one of the following through General Education or elective credit:
FCS 1500Human Development Lifespan3
PSY 1010General Psychology3
PSY 1100Human Development Through Lifespan3
Complete the following program prerequisite courses:
EDUC 1010Foundations/Intro to Education3
EDUC 2010Intro to Exceptional Learners3
EDUC 2400Foundations Multicultural/ESL3
EDUC 2500Instructional Technology in K-12 Classrooms3
EDUC 3110Educational Psychology3
Biology Program Requirements
CHEM 1210Principles of Chemistry I4
CHEM 1215Principles of Chemistry I Lab1
CHEM 1220Principles of Chemistry II4
CHEM 1225Principles of Chemistry II Lab1
MATH 1050College Algebra / Pre-Calculus4
Core Discipline Requirements
BIOL 1610Principles of Biology I4
BIOL 1615Principles of Biology I Lab1
BIOL 1620Principles of Biology II4
BIOL 1625Principles of Biology II Lab1
BIOL 2320Human Anatomy3
or BIOL 3140 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIOL 2325Human Anatomy Lab2
or BIOL 3145 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Lab
BIOL 2420Human Physiology3
or BIOL 4500 Comparative Vertebrate Physiology
BIOL 2425Human Physiology Lab1
or BIOL 4505 Comparative Vertebrate Physiology Lab
BIOL 3010Evolution3
BIOL 3030Principles of Genetics4
BIOL 3040General Ecology3
BIOL 3045General Ecology Lab1
Complete one of the following sets of courses:
BIOL 2060
  & BIOL 2065
Principles of Microbiology
   and Principles of Microbiology Lab
4
BIOL 3450
  & BIOL 3455
General Microbiology
   and General Microbiology Lab
4
BIOL 3550
  & BIOL 3555
Eukaryotic Cell Biology
   and Eukaryotic Cell Biology Lab
4
Required Biology Elective
BIOL 2400
  & BIOL 2405
Plant Kingdom
   and Plant Kingdom Lab
4
Complete one of the following sets of Zoology courses:
BIOL 3200
  & BIOL 3205
Invertebrate Zoology
   and Invertebrate Zoology Lab
4
BIOL 4230
  & BIOL 4235
General Parasitology
   and General Parasitology Lab
4
BIOL 4260
  & BIOL 4265
Herpetology
   and Herpetology Lab
3
BIOL 4270
  & BIOL 4275
Ichthyology
   and Ichthyology Lab
3
BIOL 4350
  & BIOL 4355
Animal Behavior
   and Animal Behavior Lab
4
BIOL 4380
  & BIOL 4385
Ornithology
   and Ornithology Lab
3
BIOL 4411
  & BIOL 4415
Mammalogy
   and Mammalogy Lab
4
BIOL 4440
  & BIOL 4445
General Entomology
   and General Entomology Lab
4
Lab Safety Certification Requirement
SCI 2600Lab Safety for Teachers1

Secondary Education Teaching (SET) Licensure Program Admission

To be admitted to the SET Licensure Program and enroll in professional courses:

  • USOE R277-504-3 A(3) “requires candidates to maintain a cumulative university GPA of 3.0, and receive a C or better in all education related courses and major required content courses"

and students must pass the appropriate PRAXIS II content area subject test(s). In addition, one of the following must be completed:

  • Students with BA/BS degrees in progress must have completed at least 95% of major coursework and have approval of major academic content area department advisor
  • Students with completed BA/BS or higher degrees must have their transcripts reviewed by content area department advisor

Secondary Education Teaching (SET) Licensure Program Professional Requirements

Semester I
SCI 4700Secondary Science Teaching Methods (or BIOL 4130)3
SCED 3720Reading Writing Content Areas3
SCED 4100Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment3
SCED 4600Classroom Management3
Semester II
SCED 4900Secondary Student Teaching10
SCED 4989Student Teaching Seminar2

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative university GPA 3.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C or higher (not C-) in each Biology Program Requirement, Core Discipline Requirement, and Biology Elective course.
  6. USOE R277-504-3 A(3) “requires candidates to maintain a cumulative university GPA of 3.0, and receive a C or better in all education related courses and major required content courses"
  7. 3.0 GPA in program prerequisite and professional courses.

Graduation Plan 

1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
BIOL 1001FYE: Biological Sciences1
BIOL 1610Principles of Biology I4
BIOL 1615Principles of Biology I Lab1
CHEM 1210Principles of Chemistry I4
CHEM 1215Principles of Chemistry I Lab1
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing3
LIB 1010Information Literacy1
 Term Hours15
Spring Semester
BIOL 1620Principles of Biology II4
BIOL 1625Principles of Biology II Lab1
CHEM 1220Principles of Chemistry II4
CHEM 1225Principles of Chemistry II Lab1
MATH 1050College Algebra / Pre-Calculus4
ENGL 2010Interm Writing Selected Topics:3
 Term Hours17
2nd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 2320Human Anatomy3
BIOL 2325Human Anatomy Lab2
BIOL 3010Evolution3
BIOL 3030Principles of Genetics4
EDUC 1010Foundations/Intro to Education3
 Term Hours15
Spring Semester
BIOL 3040General Ecology3
BIOL 3045General Ecology Lab1
EDUC 2010Intro to Exceptional Learners3
General Education (Fine Arts)3
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences [GLOCUP])13
General Education (American Institutions)13
 Term Hours16
3rd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 2420Human Physiology3
BIOL 2425Human Physiology Lab1
BIOL Requirement (Approved Micro Course)4
CIS 1200Computer Literacy3
EDUC 2400Foundations Multicultural/ESL ([GLOCUP])3
General Education (Literatures/Humanities)3
 Term Hours17
Spring Semester
BIOL Requirement (Approved Zoology course)4
CHEM 2310Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 2315Organic Chemistry I Lab1
EDUC 2500Instructional Technology in K-12 Classrooms3
EDUC 3110Educational Psychology3
 Term Hours15
4th Year
Fall Semester
SCED 3720Reading Writing Content Areas3
SCED 4100Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment3
SCED 4600Classroom Management3
SCI 2600Lab Safety for Teachers1
SCI 4700Secondary Science Teaching Methods3
General Education (Exploration)3
 Term Hours16
Spring Semester
SCED 4900Secondary Student Teaching10
SCED 4989Student Teaching Seminar2
 Term Hours12
Total Hour: 123
1

Specific courses fulfill SET requirements