Dec 07, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin

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

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 following:

1. Two additional laboratory courses.
2.  A minimum of 18 credits at the 300-level or above.
3.  No more than 4 credits from the following 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: please select the bulletin year in which you entered the college (matriculated) at the top right of this page.

Curriculum Map

Total Credit Hours: 124-125

Note: Variation in the order of courses is possible, depending upon prereqisties.  Consult course information in the bulletin or your academic advisor to customize your eight semester plan.  

KEY - Participation in a Global Society (PGS)


Sub Areas

Abbreviation Definition
DPP Diversity, Pluralism, Power
WCV World Cultures & Values
CGC Contemporary Global Challenges
CAI Creativity & Innovation
SST Sustainability

Learning Areas

Abbreviation Definition
HUMA Humanities
SOSC Social Science