Biological Education

Individuals interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete a degree in the content area they want to teach plus the teacher preparation program through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Individuals must complete the teaching major/teaching track within that degree program, which may contain different course requirements than the academic major since the sequence of courses is designed to meet state standards. Upon completion of the degree program with the teaching track and the secondary licensure program, one will be eligible for a standard Montana teaching license in this content area.

Bachelor of Arts - Biology; Biological Education Concentration

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 71

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.75

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

Note: This concentration provides students with coursework in Biology and related sciences and mathematics needed to be certified by the State of Montana to teach secondary Biology (in middle and high school). This concentration is appropriate for students interested in teaching Biology in a larger, more urban school. In order to be licensed to teach secondary Biology, students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program through the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences.

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 

Summary

Biology/Microbiology Lower-Division Core17
Upper-Division Core Courses Required by the Biological Education Concentration14
Animal-Based Organismal Course Requirement3
Required Courses Outside of the Major37
Mathematics - Calculus
Mathematics - Statistics
Chemistry
Physics
Environmental Geosciences
Education
Advanced College Writing Requirement
Secondary Teaching Licensure
Total Hours71

Biology/Microbiology Lower-Division Core

Note: The lower-division core should be completed before attempting most upper division major courses. AP Biology credit with a score of 3 may be substituted for either BIOB 160N/BIOB 161N or BIOB 170N/BIOB 171N.

Complete all of the following courses:
BIOB 160NPrinciples of Living Systems3
BIOB 161NPrncpls of Living Systems Lab1
BIOB 170NPrincpls Biological Diversity3
BIOB 171NPrincpls Biological Dvrsty Lab2
BIOB 260Cellular and Molecular Biology4
BIOB 272Genetics and Evolution4
Total Hours17

Minimum Required Grade: C- 


Upper-Division Core Courses Required by the Biological Education Concentration

Complete all of the following courses:
BIOE 370General Ecology3
BIOE 371Gen Ecology Lab (equiv to 271)2
BIOM 360General Microbiology3
BIOM 361General Microbiology Lab2
BIOO 433Plant Physiology3
BIOO 434Plant Physiology Lab1
Total Hours14

Minimum Required Grade: C- 


Animal-Based Organismal Course Requirement

Complete one of the following courses:
BIOB 301Developmental Biology3
or BIOL 435 Comparative Animal Physiology
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C- 


Required Courses Outside of the Major

Mathematics - Calculus

Note: Students should choose M 171 if they plan to take additional calculus courses or if they plan a double major or minor in a field that requires more calculus (e.g. math, physics, biochemistry, computer science).

Complete one of the following courses:4
Applied Calculus
Calculus I
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Mathematics - Statistics

Complete the following course:
STAT 216Introduction to Statistics4
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Chemistry

Complete all of the following courses:
Introduction to General Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Lab
Laboratory Safety
Total Hours0

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physics

Complete one of the following Physics sequences:10
Algebra- and Trigonometry-based Physics:
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
Calculus-based Physics:
Fund of Physics w/Calc I
and Physics Laboratory I w/Calc (requires M 171)
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Environmental Geosciences

Complete one of the following courses:
GEO 105NOceanography3
or GEO 103N Introduction to Environmental Geology
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Education

Note: The course number EDU 497 covers many different teaching method courses. The section of EDU 497 entitled "Methods: 5 - 12 Science" for 3 credits is required for the Biological Education option.

Complete the following course:
EDU 497Teaching and Assessing4
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C- 


Advanced College Writing Requirement

Rule: To meet the Advanced College Writing Requirement, Biology in the Biological Education concentration must complete 2 or 3 partial writing courses (either three 1/3 advanced writing courses or one 1/3 advanced writing course and one 2/3 advanced writing course) or one complete advanced writing course, chosen from the following:

Option 1 - 1/3 Advanced Writing Courses

Complete three of the following courses:
BCH 482Advanced Biochemistry II3
BIOB 410Immunology3
BIOB 425Adv Cell & Molecular Biology3
BIOB 483Phylogenics and Evolution3
BIOE 403Vert Design & Evolution5
BIOE 409Behavior & Evolution Discussion1
BIOE 428Freshwater Ecology5
BIOL 484Plant Evolution3
BIOM 402Medical Bacteriology& Mycology3
BIOO 320General Botany5
BIOO 434Plant Physiology Lab1
BIOO 470Ornithology4
BIOO 475Mammalogy4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Option 2 - 2/3 Advanced Writing Courses

Complete the following course in addition to one 1/3 advanced writing course:
BCH 486Biochemistry Research Lab3
BCH 499Senior Thesis/Capstone3-6
BIOB 411Immunology Laboratory2
BIOB 499Undergraduate Thesis3-6
BIOE 342Field Ecology5
BIOE 371Gen Ecology Lab (equiv to 271)2
BIOM 411Exprmntl Microbial Genetcs Lab1
BIOM 499Undergraduate Thesis3-6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Option 3 - Complete Advanced Writing Course

Complete the following course:
BIOH 462Principles Medical Physiology3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Secondary Teaching Licensure

Note: For endorsement to teach Biology, a student also must gain admission to the Teacher Education Program and meet all the requirements for secondary teaching licensure (see the College of Education & Human Sciences)