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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology with Life Science Secondary Teacher Certification*

(120 credit hours)

Academic Major**
Courses Hours

Biology 1306/1106, 1307/1107, 1411, 1413


Biology 3301, 3403, 4181, 4303, 4451


Biology (advanced)

Major Support Courses
Courses Hours

Chemistry 1311/1111, 2353/2153 ***


Chemistry 3331

Physical Science 1315/1115, 1317/1117

Geology 1303/1103, 1304/1104

Physics 1301/1101, 1302/1102

Communication 1315 3
English 1301, 1302 or 2311 6

General Studies 1181

History 1301, 1302 6
Mathematics 1314 3
Mathematics 1316, 2312, 2413, 2414, 3321 3-4
Political Science 2305, 2306 6
Core Curriculum
Courses Hours
Core Curriculum. Students should be aware that some majors specify particular courses to meet core-curriculum requirements when options are available. 42
Minor (Professional Education)
Courses Hours
Education 4321*, 4322*, 4323* 9
Educational Psychology 3303, 3314 6
Reading 4320* 3
Courses Hours
Education 4973* 9
Courses Hours
Electives 1-3

Graduation Requirement for the Biology Major and Biology Major with Life-Science Certification

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Biology are required to complete a Major Field Test (MFT) in Biology in order to be eligible for graduation. The Testing Center administers the MFT by appointment throughout the year. A student is eligible to take the MFT upon completion of all required biology credits or during the semester immediately prior to graduation (August graduates must take the examination during the spring semester immediately prior to graduation). With written permission from the Chair of the Department of Biology, another national or state examination (i.e. MCAT, DAT, OAT, TExES) may be taken in place of the MFT; however, the student is responsible for examination costs. The exam score has no bearing on GPA, but will be part of the student’s record.

*Students must be admitted in the Teacher Education Program (TEP) to enroll in any senior level Education course or Reading 4320. For more information see page 153 or visit the College of Education website.

**Must complete all biology courses prior to clinical teaching (student teaching).

***Chemistry requirement may also be satisfied by Chemistry 1311/1111, 1312/1112, 3451, 3452, and 4331. These courses would also satisfy the requirement for a minor