University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

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

General Education Requirements

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


Lower-Division Courses in the Content Areas53
Biology Content Courses
Chemistry Content Courses
Earth Sciences Content Courses
Physics Content Courses
Upper-Division Content Courses5
Required Courses Outside of the Major12
Mathematics - Calculus
Mathematics - Statistics
Education Course
Advanced College Writing Requirement3-5
Secondary Teaching Liscensure
Total Hours73-75

Degree Specific Credits: 73-75

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.75

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.

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.

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

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Chemistry Content Courses

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

Complete all of the following courses:
CHMY 123Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry4
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Lab
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Lab
CHMY 485Laboratory Safety1
Total Hours15

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Earth Sciences Content Courses

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

Complete all of the following courses:
ASTR 131NPlanetary Astronomy3
ASTR 134NPlanetary Astronomy Lab1
ERTH 101NEarth Systems Science3
ERTH 103NEarth Systems Science Lab1
Geoscience Elective - Complete 1 course in Geoscience (GEO)3
Total Hours11

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physics Content Courses

Complete one of the following Physics sequences:10
Algebra- and Trigonometry-based Physics:
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
Calculus-based Physics:
Fundamentals of Physics with Calculus I
and Physics Laboratory I with Calculus
Fundamentals of Physics with Calculus II
and Physics Laboratory II with Calculus (require M 171 and M 172)
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division Content Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
BIOE 370General Ecology3
BIOE 371General Ecology Lab (equivalent to 271)2
Total Hours5

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).

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-


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.

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 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

BCH 482Advanced Biochemistry II3
BIOB 410Immunology3
BIOB 425Advanced Cellular & Molecular Biology3
BIOB 483Phylogenics and Evolution3
BIOE 403Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy4
BIOE 409Behavior & Evolution Discussion1
BIOE 428Freshwater Ecology5
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 371General Ecology Lab (equivalent to 271)2
BIOM 411Experimental Microbial Genetics Lab1
BIOM 499Undergraduate Thesis3-6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Complete Advanced Writing Course

BIOH 462Principles of Medical Physiology3
BIOM 420Host-Microbe Interactions3
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. For more information, see the Teaching and Learning Department