May 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, Adolescence Education: Biology & General Science, B.A.

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Students who intend to become secondary school biology teachers qualify for New York State initial certification by completing the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts degree and the requisite courses in education (see School of Education program description). These students may use INTD 302  in place of one 3-credit 300-level Biology elective. Certification in adolescence education is not available with the Bachelor of Science in Biology.  

NSTA Adolescence Science Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Content Knowledge:  Effective teachers of science understand and articulate the knowledge and practices of contemporary science. They interrelate and interpret important concepts, ideas, and applications in their fields of licensure.
  2. Content Pedagogy:  Effective teachers of science understand how students learn and develop scientific knowledge. Preservice teachers use scientific inquiry to develop this knowledge for all students.
  3. Learning Environments:  Effective teachers of science are able to plan for engaging all students in science learning by setting appropriate goals that are consistent with knowledge of how students learn science and are aligned with state and national standards. The plans reflect the nature and social context of science, inquiry, and appropriate safety considerations. Candidates design and select learning activities, instructional settings, and resources–including science-specific technology, to achieve those goals; and they plan fair and equitable assessment strategies to evaluate if the learning goals are met.
  4. Safety:  Effective teachers of science can, in a P-12 classroom setting, demonstrate and maintain chemical safety, safety procedures, and the ethical treatment of living organisms needed in the P-12 science classroom appropriate to their area of licensure.
  5. Impact on Student Learning:  Effective teachers of science provide evidence to show that P-12 students’ understanding of major science concepts, principles, theories, and laws have changed as a result of instruction by the candidate and that student knowledge is at a level of understanding beyond memorization. Candidates provide evidence for the diversity of students they teach.
  6. Professional Knowledge and Skills:  Effective teachers of science strive continuously to improve their knowledge and understanding of the ever changing knowledge base of both content, and science pedagogy, including approaches for addressing inequities and inclusion for all students in science. They identify with and conduct themselves as part of the science education community.

General Education Requirements (30-46 Credits)

Prerequisite coursework may be required to satisfy certain General Education courses and will count as elective credit.

Total Credits Required to Complete Major: 59-61

A grade of C- or better is required for each of the courses in your major, excluding electives.

Electives in Biology including the flollowing:

1. Two additional laboratory courses.
2.  A mininum of 18 credits at the 300-level or above.
3.  No more than 4 credits from the folowing may count for elective credit:BIOL 395 BIOL 396 BIOL 397 BIOL 398  BIOL 399  

Related Requirements: (26-28 Credits)

Minimum Competence Requirement

To graduate with a biology major, students must attain a grade of C- or better in all required biology courses, excluding electives. A grade of C- must be achieved in any course before it can be used as a prerequisite for another course. A student may only repeat a required biology course or related requirement once for major credit and the course must be taken at the next offering of the class. If a student does not earn at least a “C-” on the second taking of the class, she, he, or they will not be able to complete the major.

Department Writing Requirement

Students must demonstrate writing skills to the satisfaction of the Biology department. These skills will be evaluated in laboratory reports and in written assignments in 200- and 300-level biology courses.

Adolescence Education: (34 Credits)

Blocks Required * (in sequence)



*Note: Students may not advance in blocks until all previous work is completed satisfactorily
**In the Review Process, a teacher candidate may be allowed one retake of a Student Teaching experience.

Related Requirements: (4 Credits)

Outline/Advising Guide

For Students who Matriculated prior to Fall 2022:

First Year

Second Year

Spring (17-18 Credit Hours)

Third Year

Fourth Year

Spring (15 Credit Hours)

S/ Credit(s): 3
BIOL Elective (lab) Credit(s): 4
Elective Credit(s): 3
F/ Credit(s): 3
BIOL Elective Credit(s): 1
Elective Credit(s): 1

Total Credit Hours: 124-125

Note: Where no prerequisites apply, some variation in the order or semester in which courses are taken is possible. Students should consult their academic advisors for additional information.

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