General Science: Secondary Education

Bachelor of Science - BS

  • PDE and NCATE accreditation
  • Certification in biology & general science

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Candidates seeking license to teach biology and/or general science, grades 7-12, enroll as biology and/or general science majors and education minors. Some students may elect to pursue certification in both areas of biology and general science.

A total of 58 Science credits is required to complete the degree, and Liberal Arts credit requirements. In addition, students must fulfill the requirements of the Department of Education (total of 27 Education credits).

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Accomplished Science Faculty


Robin Ertl, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Courses: Biochemistry

Lisa Antoniacci, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology, HPAC Chair
Courses: Biotechnology, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology

Steven Reggie, D.C.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Doctor of Chiropractic
Courses: Anatomy and Physiology and Human Gross Anatomy

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.

The education program benefits from Marywood’s commitment to provide all students with state-of-the-art technology. The department maintains a curriculum laboratory of texts, manipulative materials, and software designed for K-12 programs. In addition, students are able to access an Assistive Technology Lab with the latest adaptive technology for preparation to implement Universal Design for Learning. If your goal is to work with infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children, you will have access to Marywood’s own childcare and preschool programs.

Candidates seeking license to teach general science (grades 7-12) enroll as general science majors and education minors.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

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

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B.S. General Science/Secondary Education


A total of 52 Science credits are required to complete the degree, in addition to Education Department credits and liberal arts credit requirements. The following courses are required.

BIOL 121, 121L Anatomy and Physiology I
4
BIOL 122, 122L Anatomy and Physiology II
4
BIOL 150, 150L General Biology I
4
BIOL 151, 151L General Biology II
4
BIOL 351 Evolution
3
BIOL 410 Science Literacy Capstone
2
BIOL 411B Curriculum Methods and Materials
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
PHYS 304, 304L General Physics II
4
MATH 216 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
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.