Biology Education, 8-12

BS - Program Requirements

Curtis Lee, Ph.D., Dean, School of Professional Studies

Sumner Campus Ministry Center

(270) 384-7322       


Jennifer Antoniotti-Neal, Ed.D., Director of Education

Goodhue Academic Center, Room 102

(270) 384-8135       

Brennon Sapp, Ed.D., Secondary Education Program Coordinator

Goodhue Academic Center, Room 104

(270) 384-8127       

Full-time education program faculty: Kristina Andrews, Ed.D.; Jennifer Antoniotti-Neal, Ed.D.; Cindy L. Clark, Ph.D.; Eric T. Moore, Ph.D.; Brennon Sapp, Ed.D.

Full-time biology faculty: Sara Ash, Ph.D.; Michael J. Bosela, Ph.D.; Melissa Clauson, Ph.D.; Tabitha Ellis, M.S.; Kalvin J. Gregory, Ph.D.; Brian Hilker, Ph.D.; Andrew Johnson, Ph.D.; Laura Nissley, Ph.D.  


Education Unit Mission Statement

The mission of the education program 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.

The secondary education program offers several challenging and rewarding Bachelor of Arts degree programs and one Bachelor of Science degree program that lead to the granting of the Kentucky Provisional Certificate through the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board.

  • Biology Education 8-12 (BS degree)
  • Secondary Education 8-12 program with majors in English, mathematics, or social science (BA degrees)

In addition, there are two P-12 Bachelor of Arts degree programs which can also lead to secondary teaching positions:  Art education P-12 and physical education & health P-12.

Candidates are assigned a content area advisor and work with an education advisor as they progress through their specific content requirements and through the sequential professional education requirements to earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.

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.


Graduation Requirements

Some courses taken for the major will simultaneously fulfill general education requirements. Please see the Graduation Requirements (bachelor’s degrees) section of this catalog for information on the general education program.


Entrance Criteria

The biology program requires successful completion of freshman biology courses BIOL 1204 and BIOL 1214 with a minimum grade of C.


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).


Program Requirements: 101-106 hours

To earn a biology education 8-12 degree, students will complete a minimum of 57 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. Students may exceed the total hours required for graduation.


A.        Prerequisites: 19-27 hours

  • Introduction to Cellular Biology (BIOL 1204) is a prerequisite for BIOL 2314, BIOL 3103, BIOL 3204, and BIOL 3304 – 4 hours
  • College Algebra (MATH 1013), Precalculus (MATH 1124), Analytical Geometry & Calculus I (MATH 2315),  or  a minimum ACT mathematics subscore of 26 or equivalent is a prerequisite for BIOL 1204 and BIOL 1214 – 3-5 hours
  • College Algebra (MATH 1013)  or  a minimum ACT mathematics subscore of 26 or equivalent is a prerequisite for CHEM 1214 – 3 hours
  • Experimental Statistics (MATH 2403) is a prerequisite for BIOL 4912) – 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
  • Introduction to Scientific Communication (SCI 2101) is a prerequisite for BIOL 3204 – 1 hour
  • Principles of Psychology (PSYC 1003) is a prerequisite for EDUC 3123 and EDUC 3143 – 3 hours

B.        Core Requirements – Biology: 33 hours

  • Introduction to Biodiversity (BIOL 1214) – 4 hours
  • Microbiology (BIOL 2104) – 4 hours
  • Plant Diversity (BIOL 2314) – 4 hours
  • Environmental Science (BIOL 2604) – 4 hours
  • Human Anatomy (BIOL 2614) – 4 hours
  • Cell Biology (BIOL 3103) – 3 hours
  • Genetics (BIOL 3204) – 4 hours
  • Ecology (BIOL 3304) – 4 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

Graduation requirements for candidates are as follows:

  1. Minimum 2.75 Cumulative GPA;
  2. Minimum 2.75 Content/Emphasis Area GPA;
  3. Minimum 2.75 Professional Education GPA;
  4. Passing of the appropriate Praxis Principles of Teaching and Learning (PTL) exam and the appropriate content exam(s) as required by state regulation;
  5. Successful completion of all program requirements and assessments;
  6. Successful completion of Supervised Student Teaching (EDUC 4600), including all course requirements with positive evaluations; and
  7. Successful completion of Stage III Exit Portfolio.