Biology: Secondary Education

Bachelor of Science - BS

  • Biology and general science majors
  • PDE and NCATE accredited

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The teacher education programs in science are designed to prepare biology and/or general science teachers (grades 7-12).

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Jay P. Clymer III, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Courses: Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Earth Science and Environmental Science

Michael Kiel, Ph.D.
Chairperson, Associate Professor of Biology
Courses: Cell biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology

Lisa Antoniacci, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology, HPAC Chair
Courses: Biotechnology, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology
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The $6.4 million Center for Natural and Health Sciences is equipped with four large laboratories, a newly renovated Biotechnology research lab, an environmental wet laboratory, a greenhouse, three computer laboratories, and a multi-media auditorium.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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B.S. Biology/Secondary Education

A total of 55 Science credits is required to complete the degree, in addition to Education Department credits and liberal arts credit requirements. The following courses are required:

BIOL 122, 122L Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 150, 150L General Biology I
BIOL 151, 151L General Biology II
BIOL 235, 235L General Microbiology
BIOL 351 Evolution
BIOL 410 Science Literacy Capstone
BIOL 411B Curriculum Methods and Materials
BIOL 440, 440L Molecular and Cellular Biology
BIOL 446, 446L Genetics
CHEM 131, 131L General Chemistry I
CHEM 132, 132L General Chemistry II
CHEM 221, 221L Organic Chemistry I
ENVS 420, 420L Ecology
PHYS 303, 303L General Physics I
MATH 155 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences

Elect One:

MATH 201 Calculus with Analytical Geometry I
MATH 170 Mathematical Applications in Biology

In addition, students must fulfill the requirements of the Department of Education (total of 34 Education credits).

The curriculum requirements discussed in this section are subject to change, based on guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. 

Professional Education Requirements for Teacher Education Programs in Biology or General Science

EDUC 001 - 003 Field Experience 0
EDUC 100, 101 Introduction to Education .5, .5
SPED 100 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities 3
PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology 3
EDUC 311* Educational Psychology 3
SPED 367* Behavioral Management (recommended) 3
EDUC 411A* Effective Instruction in Secondary and K-12 Education 3
EDUC 414* Social Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 442/SPED 300 Student Teaching/Curriculum Adaptations 9, 3
EDUC 461* Methods, Materials, and Assessment ELL 3

*require upper level screening

Additional critical information is contained in the Education section of the catalog.

The curriculum requirements discussed in this section are subject to change, based on guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.