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 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 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 Literacy0-6
General Education Core Requirements
English3-7
Information Literacy0-1
Mathematics3-5
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Literature/Humanities3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
Two (2) Global & Cultural Perspectives Courses0-6
Secondary Education Program Requirements
Complete one of the following through General Education or elective credit:
HIST 1700American Civilization3
or POLS 1100 American Government
Complete one of the following through General Education or elective credit:
FSHD 1500Human Development Lifespan3
or PSY 1010 General Psychology
or PSY 1100 Human Development Through Lifespan
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 1210
CHEM 1215
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab
5
CHEM 1220
CHEM 1225
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
5
MATH 1050College Algebra / Pre-Calculus4
Core Discipline Requirements
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Lab
5
BIOL 1620
BIOL 1625
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II Lab
5
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
4-5
or BIOL 3140
BIOL 3145
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
and Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Lab
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
4
or BIOL 4500
BIOL 4505
Comparative Vertebrate Physiology
and Comparative Vertebrate Physiology Lab
BIOL 3010Evolution3
BIOL 3030Principles of Genetics4
BIOL 3040
BIOL 3045
General Ecology
and General Ecology Lab
4
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 Program Admission

To be admitted to the Secondary Education 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 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 

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
BIOL 1001 FYE: Biological Sciences 1
BIOL 1610 Principles of Biology I meets General Education (Life Sciences) 4
BIOL 1615 Principles of Biology I Lab meets General Education (Lab Science) 1
CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I meets General Education (Physical Sciences) 4
CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Lab 1
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
LIB 1010 Information Literacy 1
 Hours15
Spring Semester
BIOL 1620 Principles of Biology II 4
BIOL 1625 Principles of Biology II Lab 1
CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II 4
CHEM 1225 Principles of Chemistry II Lab 1
MATH 1050 College Algebra / Pre-Calculus meets General Education (Mathematics) 4
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: 3
 Hours17
2nd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 2320 Human Anatomy 3
BIOL 2325 Human Anatomy Lab 2
BIOL 3010 Evolution 3
BIOL 3030 Principles of Genetics 4
EDUC 1010 Foundations/Intro to Education 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
BIOL 3040 General Ecology 3
BIOL 3045 General Ecology Lab 1
EDUC 2010 Intro to Exceptional Learners 3
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences / GLOCUP) 1 3
General Education (American Institutions) 1 3
 Hours16
3rd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 2420 Human Physiology 3
BIOL 2425 Human Physiology Lab 1
CIS 1200 Computer Literacy 3
EDUC 2400 Foundations Multicultural/ESL (GLOCUP) 3
BIOL Requirement (Approved Micro Course) 4
General Education (Literatures/Humanities) 3
 Hours17
Spring Semester
CHEM 2310 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 2315 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
EDUC 2500 Instructional Technology in K-12 Classrooms 3
EDUC 3110 Educational Psychology 3
BIOL Requirement (Approved Zoology course) 4
 Hours15
4th Year
Fall Semester
SCED 3720 Reading Writing Content Areas 3
SCED 4100 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment 3
SCED 4600 Classroom Management 3
SCI 2600 Lab Safety for Teachers 1
SCI 4700 Secondary Science Teaching Methods 3
General Education (Exploration) 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
SCED 4900 Secondary Student Teaching 10
SCED 4989 Student Teaching Seminar 2
 Hours12
 Total Hours123
1

Specific courses fulfill SET requirements