Biology - Integrated Science Biology Education, BS


Program Description

The B.S. Biology Secondary Education with Integrated Science emphasis is designed for students seeking a career in secondary education.  Successful completion of this degree, the secondary education program and the required PRAXIS exams, allows students to obtain the Biological Sciences and the Mid-Level Science endorsement. This certifies the student to teach high school biology and 7th & 8th grade science.

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Program Curriculum

135-139 credits

Utah Tech General Education Requirements

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

General Education Core Requirements
English3-7
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
Complete one of the following American Institutions GE course (Secondary Education requirement):
HIST 1700American History (AI)3
or POLS 1100 American Government (AI)
Complete one of the following Social & Behavioral Sciences GE courses (Secondary Education requirement):
FSHD 1500Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)3
or PSY 1010 General Psychology (SS, GC)
or PSY 1100 Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC)
Biology Program Requirements
CHEM 1210
CHEM 1215
Principles of Chemistry I (PS)
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (LAB)
5
CHEM 1220
CHEM 1225
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
5
PHYS 2010
PHYS 2015
College Physics I (PS)
and College Physics I Lab (LAB)
5
MATH 1050
MATH 1060
College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (MA)
and Trigonometry (MA)
5-7
or MATH 1080 Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry (MA)
Discipline Core Requirements
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (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 3040General Ecology3
BIOL 3045General Ecology Lab1
Complete one of the following sets of courses:
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Lab
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
Eukaryotic Cell Biology
and Eukaryotic Cell Biology Lab
Required Biology Elective
BIOL 2400
BIOL 2405
Plant Kingdom (LS, ALPP)
and Plant Kingdom Lab (LAB, ALPP)
4
Complete one of the following sets of Zoology courses:
Invertebrate Zoology
and Invertebrate Zoology Lab
Herpetology
and Herpetology Lab
Ichthyology
and Ichthyology Lab
Animal Behavior
and Animal Behavior Lab
Ornithology
and Ornithology Lab
Mammalogy
and Mammalogy Lab
General Entomology
Integrated Science Requirements
GEO 1110
GEO 1115
Physical Geology (PS)
and Physical Geology Lab (LAB)
4
GEOG 1020
GEOG 1025
Introduction to Weather (PS)
and Introduction to Weather Lab (LAB)
4
PHYS 1040
PHYS 1045
Elementary Astronomy (PS)
and Elementary Astronomy Lab (LAB)
4
Lab Safety Requirement
SCI 2600Lab Safety for Teachers1
Secondary Education Program Prerequisite Courses
EDUC 1010Foundations/Intro to Education3
EDUC 2010Intro to Exceptional Learners3
EDUC 2400Foundations Multicultural/ESL (SS, GC, ALCI)3
EDUC 2500Instructional Technology in K-12 Classrooms3
EDUC 3110Educational Psychology3

Secondary Education Program Admission

To be admitted to the Secondary Education Program and enroll in professional courses:

  • USBE 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 Methods3
SCED 3720Reading Writing Content Areas (ALPP)2
SCED 4100Curriculum and Instruction3
SCED 4200Secondary Assessment2
SCED 4600Classroom Management (ALPP)3
SCED 4300Practicum Seminar3
Semester II
SCED 4900Secondary Student Teaching10
SCED 4989Student Teaching Capstone3

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 135 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 Utah Tech 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. USBE 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 - 5 years

1st Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
5BIOL 1620
BIOL 1625
5
EDUC 10103ENGL 10103
CHEM 1210
CHEM 1215
5FSHD 1500, PSY 1010, or PSY 11003
 General Education (Fine Arts)3
 13 14
2nd Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
CHEM 1220
CHEM 1225
5HIST 1700 or POLS 11003
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
5MATH 10805
ENGL 20103BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
4
 EDUC 20103
 13 15
3rd Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
BIOL 30103BIOL 2060
BIOL 2065
4
BIOL 30304GEO 1110
GEO 1115
4
EDUC 24003SCI 26001
PHYS 1040
PHYS 1045
4General Education (Literature & Humanities)3
 14 12
4th Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
BIOL 2400
BIOL 2405
4BIOL 3040
BIOL 3045
4
PHYS 2010
PHYS 2015
5EDUC 31103
EDUC 25003GEOG 1020
GEOG 1025
4
EDUC 31103BIOL Requirement (Approved Zoology Course)2-4
 15 13-15
5th Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
SCED 37202SCED 490010
SCED 41003SCED 49893
SCED 42002 
SCED 43003 
SCED 46003 
SCI 47003 
 16 13
Total Hours 138-140

Graduation Plan - 4 year

1st Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615 (meets General Education - Life Sciences)
5BIOL 1620
BIOL 1625
5
CHEM 1210
CHEM 1215 (meets General Education - Physical Sciences)
5CHEM 1220
CHEM 1225
5
EDUC 10103ENGL 10103
General Education (Fine Arts)3BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
5
FSHD 1500, PSY 1010, or PSY 11003 
 19 18
2nd Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
ENGL 20103BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
4
MATH 10805EDUC 24003
BIOL 30103EDUC 20103
BIOL 30304PHYS 1040
PHYS 1045
4
HIST 1700 or POLS 11003BIOL 2060
BIOL 2065
4
 18 18
3rd Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
BIOL 2400
BIOL 2405
4EDUC 25003
BIOL 3040
BIOL 3045
4EDUC 31103
GEO 1110
GEO 1115
4PHYS 2010
PHYS 2015
5
SCI 26001GEOG 1020
GEOG 1025
4
General Education (Literature & Humanities)3BIOL Requirement (Approved Zoology Course)2-4
 16 17-19
4th Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
SCED 37202SCED 490010
SCED 41003SCED 49893
SCED 46003 
SCI 47003 
SCED 42002 
SCED 43003 
 16 13
Total Hours 135-137

Biology with Integrated Science Program Learning Outcomes

At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Outline the foundational concepts of biology including cellular, organismic, ecological, and evolutionary biology.
  2. Evaluate hypotheses, design research, test hypotheses, conduct data analysis, and draw conclusions on biology related problems.
  3. Integrate knowledge of scientific literacy in oral and written assignments when communicating biological topics.
  4. Develop an understanding of why science is an integral activity for addressing social and environmental problems.
  5. Analyze evidence to continually reflect on and adapt practices to meet the needs of K-12 learners.