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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Accomplished Science Faculty


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

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

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 for all Biology Education majors.

BIOL 122, 122L Anatomy and Physiology II
4
BIOL 150, 150L General Biology I
4
BIOL 151, 151L General Biology II
4
BIOL 235, 235L General Microbiology
4
BIOL 351 Evolution
3
BIOL 410 Science Literacy Capstone
2
BIOL 411B Curriculum Methods and Materials
4
BIOL 440, 440L Molecular and Cellular Biology
4
OR
BIOL 446, 446L Genetics
4
CHEM 131, 131L General Chemistry I
4
CHEM 132, 132L General Chemistry II
4
CHEM 221, 221L Organic Chemistry I
4
ENVS 420, 420L Ecology
4
PHYS 303, 303L General Physics I
4
MATH 216 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
3

Elect One:

MATH 201 Calculus with Analytical Geometry I
3
MATH 170 Mathematical Applications in Biology
3

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
PSY 252 Adolescent 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/SPED300 Student Teaching/CurriculumAdaptations 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.