BIOLOGY WITH SECONDARY
EDUCATION LICENSURE

98 credit hours


BE A VOICE OF REASON FOR GOD IN THE CLASSROOM. Science teachers are in high demand. As a Biology with Secondary Education Licensure major, you will be equipped with a fundamental understanding of the world around you, the ability to think in a critical and God-honoring way, and the skills to pass on this knowledge to your students.

DID YOU KNOW?

You will have the option to take courses toward the Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS I) endorsement, which allows candidates to teach special education in grades 9-12 or 6-12, the grade levels they will be licensed to teach in Illinois.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

As a Biology with Secondary Education Licensure major, you will complete over 100 hours of field experience prior to student teaching. As part of your coursework, you will gain experience in both middle and high school classes in a variety of diverse settings.

COURSEWORK:

Major requirements total 98 hours. This includes 28 hours of required biology courses, 15 hours of chemistry, 7 hours of supporting science coursework, 4 hours in stats, and 44 hours in professional ED coursework.

 You’ll take courses such as:

  • Essentials of Organic Biochemistry
  • Psychology of Adolescence
  • Ecology and Field Biology

Biology with Secondary Education Licensure

REQUIRED BIOLOGY COURSES
Course Title Credits
BIO 111 General Biology 4 hours
BIO 112 Biology: Plant and Animal Kingdoms 4 hours
BIO 310 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 4 hours
BIO 340 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 hours
BIO 341 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 hours
CH 320 Biochemistry 3 hours
ELECTIVE BIOLOGY COURSES
Course Title Credits
Choose two of the following: 8 hours
BIO 315 Genetics
BIO 420 Cell and Molecular Biology
BIO 430 Developmental Biology
SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIRED COURSES
Course Title Credits
CH 111 General Chemistry I 4 hours
CH 112 General Chemistry II 4 hours
CH 203 Essentials of Organic Biochemistry 4 hours
PHY 111 General Physics I 4 hours
MA 285X Statistics 4 hours
PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COURSES
Course Title Credits
ED 101 Introduction to Teaching 2 hours
ED 103 Professional Skills for Teachers 1 hour
ED 240 Foundations of Education 2 hours
ED 260X Educational Psychology/Human Developmental 3 hours
ED 306 Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum 3 hours
ED 310 General Teaching Methods 2 hours
ED 311 General Teaching Methods Pre-Clinical Experience 1 hour
ED 330 Introduction to Special Education 3 hours
ED 361 Teaching Biology in the Secondary School 3 hours
ED 368 Secondary Methods Pre-Clinical Experience 2 hours
ED 380 Diversity in Education 1 hour
ED 381 Diversity Pre-Clinical Experience 1 hour
ED 413 Clinical Practice in the Secondary School 12 hours
ED 421 Classroom Management 1 hour
ED 422 Advanced Seminar in Education 2 hours
ED 430 Educational Research & Assessment 2 hours
PSY 337 Psychology of Adolescence 3 hours

Golden Apple Scholars

The Golden Apple Scholars program identifies talented high school seniors, and first and second-year college students, who will commit to teach in high-need schools. The program provides scholarship assistance and a paid summer institute where students receive classroom experience and professional mentoring.

CAREER OUTCOMES*:

High School Biology Teacher Laboratory Administrator
School Administrator Science Advisor
Environmental Conservationist Research Scientist
Professor Principal
Quality Control Specialist Laboratory Technician
*Some options may require an advanced degree.

 

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