Biology Secondary Education Concentration (UBIT)

Faculty Contact: Aviva Liebert

Students who plan to teach at the middle school or high school level will fulfill the Commonwealth's requirements for secondary education certification in biology by completing a program similar to the General Biology Concentration. Students must also complete the requirements for a Secondary Education Minor (see below).

In addition to the core curriculum, students must complete the following additional courses:

BIOL 333 Principles of Human Physiology
  or both
BIOL 272 Human Anatomy & Physiology: Cellular and Organ Systems and
BIOL 273 Human Anatomy & Physiology: Musculoskeletal and Control Systems
BIOL 348 Ecology
PHYS 201 Introductory Physics

One (1) of the following courses relating to plants:
BIOL 240 Botanical Diversity
BIOL 251 Vascular Plant Taxonomy
BIOL 451 Plant Physiology

Eight (8) additional courses for the Secondary Education Minor:

Biology 8-12:
EDUC 200 Education in American Society with Field Study I
EDUC 315 Professional Preparation and Field Study II: Methods, Special Education, and
  Technology for High School (2 course-credits)
EDUC 410 Student Teaching Practicum and Seminar I: High School (2 course-credits)
EDUC 411 Student Teaching Practicum and Seminar II: High School (2 course-credits)
PSYC 200 Psychology of Development

Biology 5-8:
EDUC 200 Education in American Society with Field Study I
EDUC 316 Professional Preparation and Field Study II: Methods, Special Education, and
   Technology for Middle School (2 course-credits)
EDUC 414 Student Teaching Practicum and Seminar I: Middle School (2 course-credits)
EDUC 415 Student Teaching Practicum and Seminar II: Middle School (2 course-credits)

It is also recommended that students take GEOL 231 Physical Geology.

Note: Before registering for EDUC 315 Professional Preparation and Field Study II - High School or EDUC 316 Professional Preparation and Field Study II - Middle School, students must have completed eleven (11) of the twelve (12) Biology core requirements (all courses except for BIOL 407 Methods in Biological Research II or BIOL 496 Internship in Biology) and five (5) of the six (6) Biology Secondary Teaching Program electives; the remaining courses may be taken concurrently. Before enrolling in EDUC 410/411 Student Teaching Seminar and Practicum I-II High School or EDUC 414/415 Student Teaching Practicum and Seminar I-II Middle School, students must have completed all courses in the major and EDUC 315 or EDUC 316.

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