Biological Education (Teacher Preparation Biology)

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: 2018-2019

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
Secondary Teaching Licensure
Total Hours62

Biology/Microbiology Lower Division Core

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.

All of the following courses are required
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

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

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

Mathematics - Calculus

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).

Complete one of the following calculus courses
M 162Applied Calculus4
or M 171 Calculus I
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Mathematics - Statistics

The following course is required
STAT 216Introduction to Statistics4
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Chemistry

Rule: Choose a general chemistry sequence

Introduction to General Chemistry (if just biology endorsement)
If also broadfield science endrosement
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Lab
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Lab
Total Hours0

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physics

Complete a two-semester sequence of Physics: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 (requires M 172)
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

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.

The following course is required
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. No additional courses are needed to meet this requirement.

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)