Biology 7-12, B.S.

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This program has a separate admission process. Please consult the admission requirements for this program for more information.

Overall GPA of 2.7 Required
120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

48 Credits Required

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program. Any credits over 48 are counted toward free electives.

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, some departments require that students select specific courses to complement their major. This major has specific Tier requirements/restrictions for the following:

Tier 1 - Quantitative Reasoning (select one):
MAT 122 – Precalculus
MAT 150 – Calculus I

Tier 2 – American Experience (select one):
HIS 110 – United States History I
HIS 111 – United States History II

Tier 2 – Mind and Body:
SHE 203 – School Health

Tier 2 – Natural World I: Physical Realm:
CHE 120 – General Chemistry I

Tier 2 – Natural World II: Life and Environment:
BIO 103 – Biology II (‘C’ or better)

Tier 2 - Social Structure, Conflict, and Consensus
EDU 200 -  Teachers, Schools, and Society

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.


56 Credits Required

Biology Requirements
32 Credits Required

BIO 102 – Biology I (‘C’ or better)
BIO 220 – Genetics (‘C’ or better)
BIO 470 - Methods of Biology ('C' or better)

GPA of 2.3 in the following Content Areas


One Entry Level (4 credits):

  • BIO 230 – Plant Anatomy and Morphology
  • BIO 231 – Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • BIO 235 – Histology

One Upper Level (4 credits):


One Entry Level (3-4 credits):

One Upper Level (3-4 credits):


One Entry Level (3-4 credits):

One Upper Level (4 credits):

Education Requirements
24 Credits Required

EDU 316 - Child Development and Psychology for Educators
EDU 413 – Secondary Education
EDU 471 – Supporting English Learners for School Success (formerly IDS 471)
RDG 470 – Literacy in the Content Areas (formerly IDS 470)
SCE 490 – Science (Secondary School)
SCE 494 – Student Teaching (Science)
SCE 496 – Student Teaching Seminar (Science)
SED 482 – Teaching Exceptional Students in the Secondary Education Classroom



12 Credits Required 
CHE 121 – General Chemistry II

Select one from:

  • PHY 200 – General Physics I
    • and PHY 201 – General Physics II
  • PHY 230 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
    • and PHY 231 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers II


Students must take remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).