Biology B.A. - Teacher Preparation General Science Broadfield

Individuals interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete a degree in the content area they want to teach plus the Teacher Education Program through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Individuals must complete the teaching track within that degree program, which may contain different course requirements than the non-teaching track 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, Teaching General Science Broadfield Concentration

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 73-75

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.75

Catalog Year: 2019-2020

Note: This concentration provides students with coursework in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Sciences and Mathematics needed to be certified by the State of Montana in broad-field science. This allows students to teach secondary sciences - Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science (in middle and high schools). This concentration is appropriate for students interested in teaching science in smaller, more rural schools. In order to be licensed to teach secondary science, 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

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Lower-Division Courses in the Content Areas

53

Biology Content Courses

Chemistry Content Courses

Earth Sciences Content Courses

Earth Sciences Content Courses - Environmental Geosciences

Physics Content Courses

Upper Division Content Courses

5

Required Courses Outside of the Major

12

Mathematics - Calculus

Mathematics - Statistics

Education Course

Advanced College Writing Requirement

3-5

Secondary Teaching Liscensure

Total Hours

73-75


Lower-Division Courses in the Content Areas - Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, and Physics

Note: A minimum of 10 credits is required in each of the four following content areas.

Biology Content Courses

Note: An AP Biology score of 3 will substitute for either BIOB 160N/BIOB 161N or BIOB 170N/BIOB 171N.

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

BIOB 160N

Principles of Living Systems

3

BIOB 161N

Prncpls of Living Systems Lab

1

BIOB 170N

Princpls Biological Diversity

3

BIOB 171N

Princpls Biological Dvrsty Lab

2

BIOB 260

Cellular and Molecular Biology

4

BIOB 272

Genetics and Evolution

4

Total Hours

17

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Chemistry Content Courses


Note: CHMY 141N/CHMY 142N & CHMY 143N/CHMY 144N should be completed before attempting CHMY 123.

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

CHMY 123

Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry

4

CHMY 141N
& CHMY 142N

College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Lab

5

CHMY 143N
& CHMY 144N

College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Lab

5

CHMY 485

Laboratory Safety

1

Total Hours

15

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Earth Sciences Content Courses

Note: ASTR 132N/ASTR 135N are NOT acceptable substitutes for ASTR 131N/ASTR 134N.

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

ASTR 131N

Planetary Astronomy

3

ASTR 134N

Planetary Astronomy Lab

1

GEO 101N

Introduction to Physical Geology

3

GEO 102N

Introduction to Physical Geology Lab

1

Total Hours

8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Earth Sciences Content Courses - Environmental Geosciences

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following courses:

3

GEO 103N

Introduction to Environmental Geology

GEO 105N

Oceanography

Total Hours

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physics Content Courses

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following Physics sequences:

10

Algebra- and Trigonometry-based Physics:

PHSX 205N
& PHSX 206N

College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory

PHSX 207N
& PHSX 208N

College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory

Calculus-based Physics:

PHSX 215N
& PHSX 216N

Fund of Physics w/Calc I
and Physics Laboratory I w/Calc

PHSX 217N
& PHSX 218N

Fund of Physics w/Calc II
and Physics Laboratory II w/Calc (require M 171 and M 172)

Total Hours

10

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Upper-Division Content Courses

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

BIOE 370

General Ecology

3

BIOE 371

Gen Ecology Lab (equiv to 271)

2

Total Hours

5

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. astronomy, math, physics, biochemistry, computer science).

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following courses:

4

M 162

Applied Calculus

M 171

Calculus I

Total Hours

4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Mathematics - Statistics

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete the following course:

STAT 216

Introduction to Statistics

4

Total Hours

4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Education

Note: The course number EDU 497 covers many different teaching methods courses. The section of EDU 497 entitled "Methods: 5 - 12 Science" is required for the General Science Broadfield Concentration.

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete the following course:

EDU 497

Teaching and Assessing

4

Total Hours

4

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Advanced College Writing Requirement

Rule: To meet the Advanced College Writing Requirement, Biology students must complete 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 General Science Broadfield requires one 2/3 writing course (BIOE 371). The advanced college writing requirement is completed with one additional course, chosen from any of the following. The recommended course is BIOO 434 (taken with BIOO 433), which is required for the Teaching Biology endorsement.

1/3 Advanced Writing Courses

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

BCH 482

Advanced Biochemistry II

3

BIOB 410

Immunology

3

BIOB 425

Adv Cell & Molecular Biology

3

BIOB 483

Phylogenics and Evolution

3

BIOE 403

Comparative Vert Anatomy

4

BIOE 409

Behavior & Evolution Discussion

1

BIOE 428

Freshwater Ecology

5

BIOL 484

Plant Evolution

3

BIOM 402

Medical Bacteriology& Mycology

3

BIOO 320

General Botany

5

BIOO 434

Plant Physiology Lab

1

BIOO 470

Ornithology

4

BIOO 475

Mammalogy

4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

2/3 Advanced Writing Courses

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

BCH 486

Biochemistry Research Lab

3

BCH 499

Senior Thesis/Capstone

3-6

BIOB 411

Immunology Laboratory

2

BIOB 499

Undergraduate Thesis

3-6

BIOE 342

Field Ecology

5

BIOE 371

Gen Ecology Lab (equiv to 271)

2

BIOM 411

Exprmntl Microbial Genetcs Lab

1

BIOM 499

Undergraduate Thesis

3-6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Complete Advanced Writing Course

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

BIOH 462

Principles Medical Physiology

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Secondary Teaching Licensure

Note: For endorsement to teach general science, a student also must gain admission to the Teacher Education Program and meet all the requirements for secondary teaching licensure. For more information, see the Teaching and Learning Department.