The major in Biology with Secondary Teacher Certification provides a broad education in the fundamentals of biology via the classroom setting and through hands-on learning in laboratories and at field sites coupled with the courses necessary to obtain certification to teach at the secondary level. To develop a strong set of skills which will contribute to the future teaching mission, students are encouraged to obtain specialized training by participating in basic and applied research in ecology, genetics, microbiology, plant physiology, aquatic biology, cell and molecular biology, physiology, cancer biology, and more.
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Progression & Graduation Requirements
- Double or triple majors, or major-minor combinations, that combine Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, and/or Ecology are not permitted.
- A grade of C or better required in all Area F, Required Lower Division, and Upper Division Secondary Education courses.
- Required Lower Division Courses may be used in the Core Curriculum and spill over hours from Area F.
- The following courses should be taken prior to the start of the junior year: EDUC 2110 , EDUC 2120 , and EDUC 2130
- Students must be admitted to Teacher Education to be able to enroll in Upper Division Secondary Education courses required for certification.
- Satisfactory Completion of the ETS Major Field Test
- If a student does not successfully complete a biology course after two attempts (i.e., he/she receives a D, F, W, or WF), the student will be limited to specific registration times for any subsequent attempts. Any student meeting these criteria will not be allowed to register for the course until the last day of late registration. Appeals may be made to the Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences in hardship cases.