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Biology Teaching


Teaching Endorsement — Program Overview

The biology teaching endorsement will instill in students comprehension of the scientific method and the application for teaching this method of investigations in biology.

Upon graduation, students receiving a biology teaching will be able to think critically, solve problems, effectively communicate using scientific language, demonstrate a respect for life and the environment, identify and discuss key biological principles, apply a basic understanding of chemistry to biological processes, demonstrate skill in observation, demonstrate safe and effective lab technique, and find employment teaching biology and related courses in the classroom.

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Core Biology Teaching Courses

BIOL 151 - General Biology I

This course is an introduction to cellular biology. Topics covered include the scientific method, structure and function of cell, genetics and molecules of life. Three lectures, one lab per week. Read more »

BIOL 152 - General Biology II

This course in an introduction to organismal biology. Topics covered include the scientific method, ecology, evolution and the diversity of life forms. Three lectures, one lab per week. Read more »

BIOL 212 - General Botany

A survey course of organisms traditionally treated as plants. Topics will also include a review of structure and function of vascular plants, physiological processes characterized by plants, and the importance of plants in everyday life. Three lectures, one lab per week. Read more »

BIOL 213 - Invertebrate Zoology

A survey of representative phyla of the invertebrates, organisms which consist of at least 90 percent of the earth's fauna. Three lectures, one lab per week. Read more »

BIOL 221 - Human Anatomy

A study of the structure of the human body at the four structural levels (cells, tissues, organs and systems) and the relationship of its parts. Three lectures, one lab per week. Read more »

BIOL 22IS - Scientific Writing and Research

This course examines the various components of scientific primary sources as well as how each section is written. Students will demonstrate the use of basic computer skills: database search strategies, spreadsheets, presentation software, word processing and use of e-mail. Students will demonstrate scientific analytical and communication skills through writing assignments and an oral presentation. Read more »

BIOL 237 - General Ecology

A study of the interrelationships of organisms to their environment and each other at the population, community and ecosystem levels reinforced with a survey of North American biomes. Field observations and lab exercises in natural habitats. Three lectures, one lab per week. Read more »

BIOL 339 - Principles of Microbiology

An in-depth study of microorganisms, including ultra structure, growth characteristics, metabolism and genetics. Read more »

BIOL 440 - Special Methods of Teaching Secondary School Biology

A survey of biological science curricula, presentation of lecture content and structuring of laboratories. Read more »

BIOL 58IS - Senior Seminar

Contemporary biological issues will be the focus of this capstone course required of all senior biology majors. The discussion format will require students to integrate prior knowledge and experiences. All students will take a standardized exam at the end of the course. Open only to seniors. Read more »

CHEM 111 - Principles of Chemistry I

A presentation of the basic principles of chemistry including stoichiometry, thermochemistry, atomic and molecular properties, and properties of gases, liquids and solids. Read more »

CHEM 111L - Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I

An introduction to experimental chemical methods of synthesis and characterization by quantitative and qualitative procedures. Experiments will include investigations of stoichiometry, gas properties and calorimetry. Read more »

CHEM 112 - Principles of Chemistry II

A utilization of the basic principles of chemistry learned in CHEM 111 in complex chemical systems. Included are solution properties, thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium and descriptive inorganic chemistry. Read more »

CHEM 112L - Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II

An introduction of experimental chemical methods of synthesis and characterization by quantitative and qualitative procedures. Experiments will include investigations of acids and bases, redox reactions, equilibrium and kinetics. Read more »

Additional Program Requirements

The teaching endorsement in biology requires 44 hours of BIOL-prefixed courses, discounting, BIOL 102, which does not count toward the major.