2020-2021 Academic Catalog

B.S.Ed. in Biology: Secondary Education

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) in Biology: Secondary Education degree is designed for students seeking to teach middle and high school (grades 7-12) biology. Through this program, students build knowledge and competencies in education and the life sciences. This undergraduate degree program meets all education requirements for teaching certification in Pennsylvania.

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)

Accreditation

This undergraduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Curriculum

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 14
BIO 120  General Zoology 4
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
MAT 199  Pre-Calculus 3
PSY 100  General Psychology 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
   
Second Semester 16
BIO 125  General Botany 4
ESP 210  Special Education Foundations and Collaboration 3
English Course 3
Math Course 3
General Education Course (Art) 3
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 17
BIO 215  Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
CHE 101  General Chemistry I 4
PSY 206  Adolescent Psychology 3
SEC 210  Introduction to Secondary Education 3
SEC 220  Standards-based Education in Secondary Education 3
   
Fourth Semester 17
BIO 248  General Ecology   4
CHE 102  General Chemistry II 4
EDU 310  Teaching in a Multicultural Society 3
EDU 333  Technology in Teaching and Learning 3
ESP 311  Assessment and Positive Behavior Interventions 3
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 13
BIO 305  Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy  OR  BIO 306  Human Anatomy 4
SEC 310  Instructional Strategies in Secondary Education 3
SEC 350  Content Area Literacy 3
SEC 360  Technology Integration in Secondary Education 3
   
Sixth Semester 14
BIO 318  Genetics 4
BIO 328  Human Physiology  OR  BIO 486  Comparative Animal Physiology 4
SEC 400  Classroom Management 3
SEC 420  Assessments and Interventions in Secondary Education 3
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 17
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners
ESP 413  Evidence-based Practices for Secondary Education 3
HSC 315  First Aid and Personal Safety 4
PHY 121  General Physics I
4
SEC 395  Teaching of Science 3
   
Eighth Semester 15
SEC 460  Professional Practices in Secondary Education 3
SEC 461  Student Teaching Practicum 12
Total 122

Additional Requirements

Undergraduate secondary education majors are required to:

  • Maintain a GPA of 2.80.
  • Pass the required PAPA exams.
  • Have Act 34, 151 and 114 clearances for formal Admission to Teacher Education.

A GPA of 3.00 and passing scores for Praxis II are needed to apply for a Recommendation for Student Teaching.

Program Webpage

https://www.calu.edu/academics/undergraduate/bachelors/secondary-education/biology.aspx