Biology Secondary Education, 8-12
BS - Program Requirements
Melissa Saunier-Arnold, MA, Interim Chair, Division of Education
Goodhue Academic Center, Room 209
Michael Ratliff, PhD, Chair, Division of Science
Fugitte Science Center, Room 212
Michael J. Bosela, PhD, Biology Education 8-12 Program Coordinator
Fugitte Science Center, Room 205
Full-time Education program faculty: Jennifer Antoniotti-Neal, EdD; Cindy L. Clark, PhD; Geralda Nelson, EdD; Melissa Saunier-Arnold, MA
Full-time Biology program faculty: Michael J. Bosela, PhD; Melissa Clauson, PhD; Tabitha Ellis, MS; Sarah Fauque, PhD; Kalvin J. Gregory, PhD; Brian Hilker, PhD; Andrew Johnson, PhD; Laura Nissley, PhD
Unit Mission Statement
The mission of the Education division is to prepare candidates in a Christian learning environment with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required to be successful, reflective teacher-leaders in the 21st century.
Biology Program Mission Statement
In cooperation with the Education program, the Biology program provides students with the resources to develop a broad knowledge base in biology and the skills necessary to be successful educators. In addition to the factual content, students learn the historical basis and the scientific methodology of each major conceptual area of biology.
Some courses taken for the major will simultaneously fulfill general education requirements. Please see the Graduation Requirements (bachelor’s degrees) section of th3 catalog for information on the general education program.
The Biology program requires successful completion of freshman biology courses BIOL 1204 and BIOL 1214 with a minimum grade of C. These two courses serve as prerequisites for all 2000-level biology courses.
As part of the admission criteria for the Education program, candidates must have completed the following required courses with a grade of C or higher:
- Public Speaking (COMM 2103) or equivalent transfer course for Demonstration of Communication competency;
- Writing Studies I (ENGL 1013), unless waiver requirements are met, Writing Studies II (ENGL 1023), or equivalent transfer course for Demonstration of Communication competency; and
- College Algebra (MATH 1013), unless waiver requirements are met.
Program Requirements: 98-101 hours
To earn a Biology Education 8-12 degree, students will complete a minimum of 53 hours of Biology and other science courses and 42 hours of Education courses, working concurrently in both programs, along with the general education program and prerequisites.
A. Prerequisites: 15-18 hours
- Introduction to Cellular Biology (BIOL 1204) is a prerequisite for BIOL 1214, BIOL 2104, BIOL 2204, BIOL 2314, BIOL 3103, BIOL 3204, and BIOL 3304 – 4 hours
- College Algebra (MATH 1013) is a prerequisite for CHEM 1214 unless waiver requirements are met – 3 hours
- General Chemistry I with Lab (CHEM 1214) is a prerequisite for CHEM 1224 – 4 hours
- General Chemistry II with Lab (CHEM 1224) is a prerequisite for BIOL 3103, BIOL 3204, CHEM 3312, and CHEM 3313 – 4 hours
- Principles of Psychology (PSYC 1003) is a prerequisite for EDUC 3123 and EDUC 3143 – 3 hours
B. Core Requirements – Biology: 36 hours
- Introduction to Organismal Biology (BIOL 1214) – 4 hours
- Microbiology (BIOL 2104) – 4 hours
- Animal Diversity (BIOL 2204) – 4 hours
- Plant Diversity (BIOL 2314) – 4 hours
- Human Anatomy (BIOL 2614) – 4 hours
- Cell Biology (BIOL 3103) – 3 hours
- Genetics (BIOL 3204) – 4 hours
- Ecology (BIOL 3304) – 4 hours
- Theory of Natural Selection (BIOL 3403) – 3 hours
- Seminar I (BIOL 4912) – 2 hours
C. Supplemental Requirements – Chemistry: 5 hours
- Organic Chemistry I Lecture (CHEM 3313) – 3 hours
- Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (CHEM 3312) – 2 hours
D. Professional Preparation – Education: 42 hours
- The Teaching Profession (EDUC 2123) – 3 hours
- Introduction to Educational Technology (EDUC 2713) – 3 hours
- Principles of Lifelong Learning (EDUC 3123) – 3 hours
- The Exceptional Learner (EDUC 3143) – 3 hours
- Fundamentals of Secondary Education (EDUC 3403) – 3 hours
- Reading & Writing in the Content Areas 5-9, 8-12 & P-12 (EDUC 3523) – 3 hours
- Measurement & Assessment in Education (EDUC 4103) – 3 hours
- Curriculum & Methodology in Secondary Schools (EDUC 4433) – 3 hours
- Classroom Management 5-9 & 8-12 (EDUC 4463) – 3 hours
- Supervised Student Teaching (EDUC 4600) – 12 hours
- Practicum (EDUC 4603) – 3 hours
Note: Student teaching candidates must pay a $155 student teaching fee.
Exit Assessment -- Education
Graduation requirements for candidates are as follows:
- Minimum 2.75 Cumulative GPA;
- Minimum 2.75 Content/Emphasis Area GPA;
- Minimum 2.75 Professional Education GPA;
- Passing of the appropriate Praxis Principles of Teaching and Learning (PTL) exam and the appropriate content exam(s) as required by state regulation;
- Successful completion of all program requirements and assessments;
- Successful completion of Supervised Student Teaching (EDUC 4600), including all course requirements with positive evaluations; and
- Successful completion of Stage III Exit Portfolio.