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ARCHIVED 2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
ARCHIVED 2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology Education, B.S.

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The Biology Department strives for excellence in undergraduate education by providing a challenging and supportive environment for students to 1) understand and apply a broad range of biological principles; 2) develop critical thinking, investigating and communication skills through course work and collaborative research; and 3) become informed and principled citizens pursuing a variety of careers in an increasingly technological world.

Our challenging, inquiry-based, research-rich curriculum is deliberately designed to provide our students with the right tools for a bright future in any area of biology. Courses ranging from genes to organisms and cells to ecosystems give broad background yet allow specialization in a student’s area of interest and are complemented by an emphasis on hands-on inquiry.

The biology-education track, B.S. prepares a student for employment as a secondary school educator. It allows students more breadth to their college degree where they pair their biology studies with requirements from the education discipline. This degree track is tailored to be compatible and must be completed with a secondary education B.A. major.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Biology.

Major Requirements

Research Experience

Students must complete a research experience which is presented in  BIOL 490 - Seminar ; students take the zero credit  BIOL 290 - Seminar  once as participants/evaluators and the two credit  BIOL 390 - Careers in Biological Sciences  once before presenting. The research experience could be any of the following:

  • Complete the BIOL 400  research course
  • Complete an on- or off-campus summer research program
  • Complete an independent research project with a faculty member
  • Complete a research-based internship or other project approved by the department chair

Education Requirements

Completion of the Secondary Education major requirements with EDUC 446  taken as the methods course.

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