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.

Professional Licensure/Certification (PLC) Requirements

The curriculum for programs at Dixie State University customarily leading to licensure have been designed to meet the educational licensure/certification requirements in Utah as well as to prepare students to apply for licensure exams in the State of Utah. The licensure boards in each state are responsible for establishing the requirements for licensure/certification for their state. Requirement may vary state to state and may change at any time. Students who intend to use their DSU degree to secure licensure in any state other than Utah will need to review the professional licensure disclosures in that state pertaining to their program and consult with the state professional licensing board.  For more information, visit the State Authorization and Professional Licensure web page and select your program, or speak to the director of your program.


Program Curriculum

135-139 credits

DSU General Education Requirements

All DSU General Education 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.

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 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. 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

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB)
5
EDUC 1010 Foundations/Intro to Education 3
CHEM 1210
CHEM 1215
Principles of Chemistry I (PS)
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (LAB)
5
 Hours13
Spring Semester
BIOL 1620
BIOL 1625
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II Lab
5
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
FSHD 1500
Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)
or General Psychology (SS, GC)
or Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC)
3
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
 Hours14
2nd Year
Fall Semester
CHEM 1220
CHEM 1225
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
5
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
5
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
 Hours13
Spring Semester
HIST 1700
American History (AI)
or American Government (AI)
3
MATH 1080 Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry (MA) 5
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
4
EDUC 2010 Intro to Exceptional Learners 3
 Hours15
3rd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 3010 Evolution 3
BIOL 3030 Principles of Genetics 4
EDUC 2400 Foundations Multicultural/ESL (SS, GC, ALCI) 3
PHYS 1040
PHYS 1045
Elementary Astronomy (PS)
and Elementary Astronomy Lab (LAB)
4
 Hours14
Spring Semester
BIOL 2060
BIOL 2065
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Lab
4
GEO 1110
GEO 1115
Physical Geology (PS)
and Physical Geology Lab (LAB)
4
SCI 2600 Lab Safety for Teachers 1
General Education (Literature & Humanities) 3
 Hours12
4th Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 2400
BIOL 2405
Plant Kingdom (LS, ALPP)
and Plant Kingdom Lab (LAB, ALPP)
4
PHYS 2010
PHYS 2015
College Physics I (PS)
and College Physics I Lab (LAB)
5
EDUC 2500 Instructional Technology in K-12 Classrooms 3
EDUC 3110 Educational Psychology 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
BIOL 3040
BIOL 3045
General Ecology
and General Ecology Lab
4
EDUC 3110 Educational Psychology 3
GEOG 1020
GEOG 1025
Introduction to Weather (PS)
and Introduction to Weather Lab (LAB)
4
BIOL Requirement (Approved Zoology Course) 2-4
 Hours13-15
5th Year
Fall Semester
SCED 3720 Reading Writing Content Areas (ALPP) 2
SCED 4100 Curriculum and Instruction 3
SCED 4200 Secondary Assessment 2
SCED 4300 Practicum Seminar 3
SCED 4600 Classroom Management (ALPP) 3
SCI 4700 Secondary Science Teaching Methods 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
SCED 4900 Secondary Student Teaching 10
SCED 4989 Student Teaching Capstone 3
 Hours13
 Total Hours138-140

Graduation Plan - 4 year

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB) ((meets General Education - Life Sciences))
5
CHEM 1210
CHEM 1215
Principles of Chemistry I (PS)
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (LAB) ((meets General Education - Physical Sciences))
5
EDUC 1010 Foundations/Intro to Education 3
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
FSHD 1500
Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)
or General Psychology (SS, GC)
or Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC)
3
 Hours19
Spring Semester
BIOL 1620
BIOL 1625
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II Lab
5
CHEM 1220
CHEM 1225
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
5
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
5
 Hours18
2nd Year
Fall Semester
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
MATH 1080 Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry (MA) 5
BIOL 3010 Evolution 3
BIOL 3030 Principles of Genetics 4
HIST 1700
American History (AI)
or American Government (AI)
3
 Hours18
Spring Semester
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
4
EDUC 2400 Foundations Multicultural/ESL (SS, GC, ALCI) 3
EDUC 2010 Intro to Exceptional Learners 3
PHYS 1040
PHYS 1045
Elementary Astronomy (PS)
and Elementary Astronomy Lab (LAB)
4
BIOL 2060
BIOL 2065
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Lab
4
 Hours18
3rd Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 2400
BIOL 2405
Plant Kingdom (LS, ALPP)
and Plant Kingdom Lab (LAB, ALPP)
4
BIOL 3040
BIOL 3045
General Ecology
and General Ecology Lab
4
GEO 1110
GEO 1115
Physical Geology (PS)
and Physical Geology Lab (LAB)
4
SCI 2600 Lab Safety for Teachers 1
General Education (Literature & Humanities) 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
EDUC 2500 Instructional Technology in K-12 Classrooms 3
EDUC 3110 Educational Psychology 3
PHYS 2010
PHYS 2015
College Physics I (PS)
and College Physics I Lab (LAB)
5
GEOG 1020
GEOG 1025
Introduction to Weather (PS)
and Introduction to Weather Lab (LAB)
4
BIOL Requirement (Approved Zoology Course) 2-4
 Hours17-19
4th Year
Fall Semester
SCED 3720 Reading Writing Content Areas (ALPP) 2
SCED 4100 Curriculum and Instruction 3
SCED 4600 Classroom Management (ALPP) 3
SCI 4700 Secondary Science Teaching Methods 3
SCED 4200 Secondary Assessment 2
SCED 4300 Practicum Seminar 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
SCED 4900 Secondary Student Teaching 10
SCED 4989 Student Teaching Capstone 3
 Hours13
 Total Hours135-137

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.