Biology with Secondary Teaching Licensure (B.A. in Biology)

This program of study allows students to complete a baccalaureate degree in biology and also be licensed to teach secondary biology at the end of four years. Students pursuing licensure in this manner complete all requirements necessary for Virginia licensure, including field experiences and student teaching.

Admission Requirements: Students in this program must seek admission to the teacher licensure program and apply for student teaching. See the education section for admission requirements and procedures.

Degree Planning: Students in this program must take courses as specified to ensure fulfillment of state licensure requirements. In addition to working with a biology advisor, students must see an education advisor in the School of Sciences, Mathematics, and Education for further assistance in degree planning.

Also, course rotations vary, and not every course is available each semester. Course rotations are specified in the Course descriptions in this catalog. Individual advising is important to ensure students meet all major and teaching licensure requirements.

Minimum Grade Requirements: Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in their major. A grade of a C or better is required in professional studies courses. Professional studies courses are those associated with teacher preparation. An overall 2.5 GPA is required.

Degree Requirements — Biology with Secondary Teaching Licensure (B.A. in Biology)

This degree requires a total of 121 credits.

Liberal Arts Core and University Requirements

See University Requirements and the Liberal Arts Core for details. Biology majors will satisfy the three-course university Writing Intensive (WI) requirement in the following way: BIO 300 Writing for Science, BIO 368 Advanced Research Methods, and one additional WI course. Students should fulfill the third WI course and the GP requirement with a general elective or a Liberal Arts Core course.

Major Requirements

To fulfill the requirements of the major, all students in this program will take the following coursework in a sequence determined in collaboration with a faculty advisor. Some courses also satisfy Liberal Arts Core and/or University Requirements. Some coursework fulfills teaching licensure requirements as specified by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

BIO 151General Biology I *

3

BIO 151LGeneral Biology I Lab *

1

BIO 152General Biology II *

3

BIO 152LGeneral Biology II Lab

1

BIO 260Microbiology

3

BIO 260LMicrobiology Lab

1

BIO 262Genetics for Majors *

3

BIO 262LGenetics for Majors Lab

1

BIO 300Writing for Science *

3

BIO 363Cellular Biology

3

BIO 368Advanced Research Methods *

3

BIO 400Internship *

3

BIO 410Seminar *

2

CHM 125Life Chemistry *

3

CHM 125LLife Chemistry Lab

1

ED 200SLFoundations of Teaching and Learning

3

ED 254Technology for the K-12 Classroom

3

ED 337Literacy in the Content Areas

3

ED 338Secondary Education: Curriculum and Methods

3

ED 351Assessment to Support Learning in K-12

3

ED 366Secondary Teaching Methods in Science

3

ED 452Managing the K-12 Classroom

3

ED 460SStudent Teaching: Secondary *

6

MA 132Statistical Analysis *

3

 

PH 250Philosophy of Science *

3

OR

PH 303Animals, the Environment, and Ethics *

3

OR

PH 311Biomedical Ethics *

3

OR

PH 330Philosophy of Mind *

3

 

PHYS 161College Physics I *

3

PHYS 161LCollege Physics I Lab

1

PSY 110Human Growth and Development *

3

PSY 341Psychology of Individuals with Exceptionalities *

3

ED 452 and ED 460S must be taken at the same time.

Ten (10) credits from science elective courses:

BIO 224Endocrinology

3

BIO 250General Botany

3

BIO 250LGeneral Botany Lab

1

BIO 272Parasitology

3

BIO 272LParasitology Lab

1

BIO 327SLMarine Biology and Tropical Ecology *

4-6

BIO 441Biochemistry

3

BIO 441LBiochemistry Lab

1

BIO 442Nucleic Acids and Metabolism

3

BIO 444Immunology

3

BIO 446Animal Virology

3

BIO 449Advanced Molecular Biology

4

CHM 151Principles of Chemistry I *

3

CHM 151LPrinciples of Chemistry I Lab

1

CHM 152Principles of Chemistry II *

3

CHM 152LPrinciples of Chemistry II Lab

1

CHM 221Organic Chemistry I

3

CHM 221LOrganic Chemistry I Lab

1

CHM 222Organic Chemistry II

3

CHM 222LOrganic Chemistry II Lab

1

CHM 441Physical Biochemistry

3

PHYS 162College Physics II *

3

PHYS 162LCollege Physics II Lab

1

Note: Students must check prerequisites for all science elective courses when determining elective course selections. Some prerequisite courses are not requirements in the biology B.A. program.
 
BIO 385: Students must be accepted into the biology with secondary teaching licensure program prior to taking this course.

Sample Degree Plan — Biology with Secondary Teaching Licensure (B.A. in Biology)

Please note that this is a sample plan. All students must consult with an advisor in making course selections. This plan will differ for students who wish to pursue the pre-med track, a pre-physical therapy course of study, a minor, licensure, or a certification program.

Year One — Fall

BIO 151General Biology I *

3

BIO 151LGeneral Biology I Lab *

1

EN 101Composition I *

3

DSC 201New Student Seminar *

1

HI Introductory History (HI-1) core course *

3

One (1) elective - GP course recommended *

3

BIO 151: NS core course

BIO 151L: DSINQ and NS lab course

EN 101: WR core course

 

Year One — Spring

BIO 152General Biology II *

3

BIO 152LGeneral Biology II Lab

1

EN 102Composition II *

3

MA 132Statistical Analysis *

3

TRS 100Theological Inquiry *

3

PSY 110Human Growth and Development *

3

BIO 152: NS core course

EN 102: WR core course

MA 132: MT core course

TRS 100: TRS-1 core course

PSY 110: SS-1 core course

Year Two — Fall

BIO 260Microbiology

3

BIO 260LMicrobiology Lab

1

BIO 300Writing for Science *

3

CHM 125Life Chemistry *

3

CHM 125LLife Chemistry Lab

1

ED 200SLFoundations of Teaching and Learning

3

Introductory Social Science (SS-1) core course (economics, politics, or sociology) *

3

Year Two — Spring

BIO 262Genetics for Majors *

3

BIO 262LGenetics for Majors Lab

1

ED 254Technology for the K-12 Classroom

3

PH 100Introduction to Philosophy *

3

PSY 341Psychology of Individuals with Exceptionalities *

3

Fine Arts (FNA), Advanced Literature (LT-2), or Advanced History (HI-2) core course *

3

PH 100: PH-1 core course
 
PSY 341: SS-2 core course

Year Three — Fall

BIO 363Cellular Biology

3

BIO 368Advanced Research Methods *

3

ED 338Secondary Education: Curriculum and Methods

3

ED 351Assessment to Support Learning in K-12

3

 

Advanced Philosophy (PH-2) core course: PH 250 or PH 330 *

OR

Philosophical Ethics (PH-E) core course: PH 303 or PH 311 *

 

One (1) science elective

3

BIO 368: WI course

Science elective course: See Major Requirements above for course selection.

Year Three — Spring

ED 337Literacy in the Content Areas

3

One (1) science elective

3

One (1) science elective with lab

Advanced Theology/Religious Studies (TRS-2) or Theological Ethics (TRS-E) core course *

3

EN Introductory Literature (LT-1) core course *

3

Science elective course: See Major Requirements above for course selections.

Year Four — Fall

BIO 400Internship *

3

BIO 410Seminar *

2

ED 366Secondary Teaching Methods in Science

3

PHYS 161College Physics I *

3

PHYS 161LCollege Physics I Lab

1

Fine Arts (FNA), Advanced Literature (LT-2), or Advanced History (HI-2) core course *

3

BIO 400: EXP course

BIO 410: DSINQ course

Science elective course: See Major Requirements above for course selection.

Year Four — Spring

ED 460SStudent Teaching: Secondary *

6

ED 452Managing the K-12 Classroom

3

One (1) elective - 3rd WI course if not already completed *

Science elective course: See Major Requirements above for course selection.

* Fulfills Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements. See University Requirements and the Liberal Arts Core and the Course Descriptions for further information.