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 Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 62

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.75

Catalog Year: 2017-2018

Note: This option provides students with coursework in biology and related science 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 Requirement3
Required Content Courses Outside of the Major28
Mathematics - Calculus
Mathematics - Statistics
Chemistry
Physics
Environmental Geosciences
Education
Upper Division Writing Expectation for the Major3
Secondary Teaching Licensure
Total Hours65

Biology/Microbiology Lower Division Core

Rule: All of the following courses are required.

Note: The lower division core should be completed before attempting most upper division major courses.

AP Biology credit may be substituted for either BIOB 160N/BIOB 161N or BIOB 170N/BIOB 171N.

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

Rule: All of the following courses are required.

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 Requirement

Rule: Complete one of the following courses

BIOB 301Developmental Biology3
or BIOL 435 Comparative Animal Physiology
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C- 


Required Content Courses Outside of the Major

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Mathematics - Calculus

Rule: Complete one of the following calculus courses

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

M 162Applied Calculus4
or M 171 Calculus I
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Mathematics - Statistics

Rule: The following course is required

STAT 216Introduction to Statistics4
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Chemistry

Rule: All of the following courses are required

CHMY 123
CHMY 124
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
and Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Lab
5
Choose one of the Chemistry sequences:4-10
Introduction to General Chemistry
Laboratory Safety
Or (Required for the broadfield teaching concentration)
College Chemistry I
College Chemistry I Lab
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Lab
Total Hours9-15

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physics

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

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Environmental Geosciences

Rule: Complete one of the following courses

GEO 105NOceanography3
or GEO 103N Introduction to Environmental Geology
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Education

Rule: The following course is required

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.

EDU 497Teaching and Assessing4
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C- 


Advanced College Writing Requirement

Rule: Complete the equivalent of a full writing course (either three 1/3 writing courses or one 2/3 writing course + one 1/3 writing course or one complete writing course)

Note: To meet the Advanced College Writing Requirement, Biology students take 2 or 3 partial writing courses (either three 1/3 writing courses or one 1/3 writing course and one 2/3 writing course) or one complete writing course. The Biological Education concentration requires one 2/3 writing course (BIOE 371) and one 1/3 writing course (BIOO 434). No additional courses are needed to meet this requirement.

Minimum Required Grade: C-

1/3 Advanced Writing 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-

2/3 Advanced Writing Courses

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-

Complete Advanced Writing Course

BIOH 462Principles Medical Physiology3

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)


Exception to the Modern/Classical Languages Requirement

Rule: Choose one of the following Math courses

Note: The Division of Biological Sciences has been granted an exception to the Modern/Classical Language Requirement. Either of these Calculus courses (required by the major) will satisfy this requirement.

M 162Applied Calculus4
or M 171 Calculus I
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-