Composite in Biology Education B.S.Ed.

Required credits to graduate with this degree: 138

A minor is not required with this major program. Teacher certification also requires completion of EDUC 398-Secondary Education Field Experience and EDUC 484-Secondary Methods for Science, and EDUC 426-Reading in the Content Area, and the secondary education core required for teacher certification. Completion of this program qualifies graduates for certification to teach all sciences, grades 7-12, in North Dakota and for biology or life science licensure, grades 5-12, in Minnesota. A capstone laboratory or non-laboratory project (SCNC 480) is required.

Composite in Biology Education majors must complete 36 hours of essential studies. The following Essential Studies courses require a minimum grade of "C": COMM 110, ENGL 110, ENGL 120 or ENGL 125, GEOG 103, MATH 103, and PSYC 111.  Additional requirements to the major include BIOL 150, BIOL 150L, BIOL 151, BIOL 151L, and MATH 105.

A list of approved essential studies courses is available here.

Content Area Student Learning Outcomes:

  • SLO 1: Students will acquire a content knowledge base in the traditional biology core commensurate with career goals.
  • SLO 2: Students will communicate scientific information both orally and in writing.
  • SLO 3: Students will apply quantitative or qualitative theories of science to a broad variety of biological problems (including experiential component).
  • SLO 4: Students will construct and critically analyze scientific arguments.
  • SLO 5: Students will integrate technology appropriate to their major into their work products.

Secondary Professional Education SLO's and Requirements

Criteria for Admission, Continuance, and Exiting the Teacher Education Program

Requirements

Core Courses

BIOL 220Anatomy & Physiology I

3

BIOL 220LAnatomy & Physiology Lab I

1

BIOL 236Survey of Botany

3

BIOL 236LSurvey of Botany Lab

1

BIOL 311Invertebrate Zoology

3

BIOL 311LInvertebrate Zoology Lab

1

BIOL 315Genetics

3

BIOL 315LGenetics Lab

1

BIOL 332General Ecology

3

BIOL 476SComprehensive Review and Examination

1

CHEM 121General Chemistry I

3

CHEM 121LGeneral Chemistry I Lab

1

CHEM 122General Chemistry II

3

CHEM 122LGeneral Chemistry II Lab

1

CHEM 341Organic Chemistry I

4

CHEM 341LOrganic Chemistry I Lab

1

GEOL 115/GEOG 115Introductory Geology

3

GEOL 115L/GEOG 115LIntroductory Geology Lab

1

MATH 323Probability & Statistics

3

PHYS 110Introductory Astronomy

3

PHYS 110LIntroductory Astronomy Lab

1

PHYS 211College Physics I

3

PHYS 211LCollege Physics I Lab

1

PHYS 212College Physics II

3

PHYS 212LCollege Physics II Lab

1

SCNC 480Science Comprehensive

1

Select 1 course with lab from the following

BIOL 302Survey Of Microbiology

3

BIOL 302LSurvey Of Microbiology Lab

1

BIOL 312Vertebrate Zoology

3

BIOL 312LVertebrate Zoology Lab

1

BIOL 341Cell Biology

3

BIOL 341LCell Biology Lab

1

Total Credit Hours: 57

*No minor required

A cumulative GPA of 2.75 must be earned in teaching major, minor, and professional education courses. A grade of “C” or better is required for all professional and methods education courses, excluding EDUC 250 where a “B” is required.