Secondary Education - Biology B.S.
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The B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Biology Education prepares students for rewarding middle school or high school teaching positions in the biological/life sciences. Students complete studies in biology and chemistry and a set of core experiences in professional education, including participation in guided fieldwork. Graduates of the program are qualified to apply for state certification to teach biology in grades 7-12 in Pennsylvania.

Contact Information

Paul Badger, Ph.D.
Interim Department Head & Coordinator, Lab Safety
badger@rmu.edu
412-397-4032 phone

4-Year Course Plan

Freshman Year, Fall

  • CHEM1210 Chemistry I
  • CHEM1215 Chemistry I Lab
  • EDUC2000 Schools and Society
  • FYSP 1000 First Year Experience
  • Core: BIOL1310 Principles of Biology I
  • Core: BIOL1315 Principles of Biology I Lab
  • Core: CSEN1020 Argument and Research
  • Core: ELIT1040 Reading Literature: Coming of Age

Freshman Year, Spring

  • BIOL2310 Principles of Biology II
  • BIOL2315 Principles of Biology II Lab
  • CHEM2210 Chemistry II
  • CHEM2215 Chemistry II Lab
  • EDUC2100 Educational Psychology & Classroom Management
  • Core: MATH2070: Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
  • Core: PSYC1010: General Psychology

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • BIOL2370 Microbiology
  • BIOL2380 Microbiology Lab
  • BIOL2470 Botany
  • BIOL2480 Botany Lab
  • ENVS2500 Ecology
  • ENVS2550 Ecology Lab
  • Core: CSCM1030 Public Speaking & Persuasion

Sophomore Year, Spring

  • EDUC2200 Technology for Teachers
  • BIOL3370 Cell/Molecular Biology
  • BIOL3375 Cell/Molecular Biology Lab
  • BIOL2570 Zoology
  • BIOL2580 Zoology Lab
  • STAT2110 Statistics
  • Core: CSEN1010 OR CSSCM2050

Junior Year, Fall

  • EDUC3400 Curriculum Instruction Design
  • BIOL3470 Human Genetics
  • BIOL3475 Human Genetics Lab
  • BIOL3570 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • BIOL3580 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Lab
    Or
  • BIOL3110 Advanced Human Anatomy
  • BIOL3115 Advanced Human Anatomy Lab
  • SPED3010 Intro. to Special Ed. PreK-12
  • Core: CSCM2040 Prof. Comm. in the Workforce

Junior Year, Spring

  • EDUC3600 Educational Assessment
  • BIOL3670 Comparative Vertebrate Physiology
  • BIOL3660 Comparative Vertebrate Physiology Lab
  • PHYS1010 Physics for Allied Health
  • PHYS1015 Physics for Allied Health Lab
    Or
  • PHYS1210 General Physics 1
  • PHYS1215 General Physics 1 Lab
  • SPED3020* Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms PreK-12

Senior Year, Fall

  • EDUC3165 Teaching English Language Learners
  • EDUC4140 Content Specific Pedagogy: Biology (with Co-requisite EDUC0440 Pre-Student Teaching - 0 credits)
  • Core: HUMA1010 Humanities: Arts & Music
  • Core: SOCI Requirement
  • Core: HIST or POLS Requirement
  • EDUC0105 Praxis Prep Biology
  • Elective Recommended

Senior Year, Spring

  • EDUC4200 Student Teaching Seminar
  • EDUC4540 Student Teaching Internship: Biology

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Ecology Fundamentals
Curriculum Design & Instruction
Human Genetics
Major Credits
87
Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Core Credits
41
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits
0

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