BIOLOGY MAJOR FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL TEACHING CERTIFICATE (6-12)/BACHELOR OF ARTS
Total Credit Hours: 128
Major Credit Hours: 70
The Department of Biology features a fully approved Biology program that prepares candidates to teach grades 6-12 in Illinois public and private schools. The program is approved by the State Teacher Certification Board, in conjunction with the Illinois State Board of Education, and includes all the requirements for a major in Biology. Biology majors in this specialization must declare a minor in Secondary Education. See advisors in the Department of Biology and College of Education for specific approval and a list of required courses.
Teacher Candidates seeking a Type 09 Teaching Certificate in Science with a designation in Biology must complete the following coursework in the content area as well as professional education courses. For a detailed description of the courses please click on the appropriate link.
A grade of C or better must be earned in a prerequisite course in order to advance to the next course in the sequence.
Biology majors may take a Biology class only two times. If a student has not achieved a minimum of a C after the second attempt, the student may not repeat the class.
The Biology Department will award 3 hours of credit for our general education class 02-100 (Introduction to Biology) when students have received a score of 4 or 5 on AP tests. We do not award any credit for major classes based on AP scores.
I. Core Courses in Biology Major for Teacher Certification (70)
A. Required Courses in Biology (35)
02-110 General Biology I (4)
02-111 General Biology I Lab (1)
02-115 General Biology II (4)
02-116 General Biology II Lab (1)
02-144 Fundamentals of Earth Science (1)
02-220 Genetics (4)
02-221 Genetics Lab (1)
02-224 Microbiology (4)
02-226 Microbiology Lab (1)
02-305 Molecular Cell Biology (4)
02-315 General Ecology (3)
02-316 General Ecology Lab (1)
02-355 Biochemistry I- Molecular Biochemistry (3)
02-356 Biochemistry I Lab (1)
02-496 Research Methods (2)
B. Other Requirements (35)
03-110 General Chemistry I (4)
03-111 General Chemistry I Lab (1)
03-115 General Chemistry II (4)
03-116 General Chemistry II Lab (1)
03-220 Organic Chemistry I (4)
03-221 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1)
03-225 Organic Chemistry II (4)
03-226 Organic Chemistry II Lab (1)
13-120 Mathematical Analysis (4)
17-140 Fundamentals of Space Science (1)
17-200 College Physics I (4)
17-201 College Physics I Lab (1)
17-205 College Physics II (4)
17-206 College Physics II Lab (1)
C. The advanced writing requirement is satisfied by successful completion of writing components in General Biology Labs I and II (02-111 and 02-116) and Microbiology Lab (02-226).
II. Required Professional Education Courses (34)
53-322 Characteristics and the Development of the Adolescent Learner (3)
54-357 Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities (3)
53-312 Instructional Strategies and Learning Communities for Adolescents (3)
53-200 Secondary Clinical Experience I (50 Clinical hrs.) (1)
53-304 Technology for Teaching and Learning (2)
53-394 Pedagogy and Assessment for Effective 6-12 Instruction (3)
53-300 Secondary Clinical Experience II (50 Clinical hrs.) (1)
53-346 Special Methods: Teaching Science in Grades 6-12 (3)
53-329 Approaches and Practices for the Multicultural Classroom (3)
53-360 History and Philosophy of Education (3)
53-481 Secondary Student Teaching (9)
III. Please see Secondary Education/Minor and Secondary Education in Science with Biology Designation.