Biological Science: Secondary Instruction, B.S.


The mission of the Biological Sciences: Secondary Instruction Program at Biola University is to provide an academically stimulating and challenging environment for intellectual and spiritual growth, preparing students to pursue careers as teachers to make an impact as educators in the secondary classroom.

Degree Program

A Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science, Secondary Instruction is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements. The student should be aware that the Advanced Placement (AP) science courses cannot be used to fulfill science requirements for this degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Biological Science: Secondary Instruction, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of and ability to explain scientific methodology (ULO 1).
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of and ability to explain the bio-molecular basis of life (ULO 1).
  3. Describe and classify the diversity of organismal form, structure and function, and the relationship of the organisms to one another and the environment (ULO 3).
  4. Demonstrate an ability to integrate faith and learning as it relates to biological sciences and to practice science with integrity as good stewards of creation (ULO 2).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Major Requirements

Program-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses
All Biological Science majors automatically meet the Core Curriculum requirement of 8 credits of science and mathematics. The foreign language requirement is met by two years in high school or the first 4 credits in college.
PHIL 215 is strongly recommended for all biological science majors.
PSYC 200 is required to fulfill the General Education requirement for Behavioral Science.
Program Courses
Students must complete a minimum of 37 credits of Biological Science courses and a minimum of 22 credits of Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics courses including the following:
BIOS 103Introduction to Environmental Science3
BIOS 111Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology3
BIOS 113Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory1
BIOS 112Fundamentals of Organismal Biology3
BIOS 114Fundamentals of Organismal Biology Laboratory1
BIOS 200Sophomore Writing Seminar1
BIOS 222Botany4
BIOS 236Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology4
BIOS 326Sciences CSET Preparation1
BIOS 401General Ecology4
CHEM 105General Chemistry I4
CHEM 106General Chemistry II4
CHEM 321Basic Organic and Biochemistry3
PHSC 111Physics I3
PHSC 117Physics I Laboratory1
PHSC 112Physics II3
PHSC 118Physics II Laboratory1
MATH 210Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
or MATH 318 Biostatistics
Select at least 12 credits of upper-division Biological Science elective courses12
Education Courses
LEDU 301Introduction to Teaching3
LEDU 330Psychological Foundations of Education3
LEDU 341Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students3
LEDU 425Secondary Content Area Reading3
LEDU 433Single Subject Pedagogy2
LEDU 436Secondary Curriculum3
LEDU 437Secondary Curriculum Fieldwork1
Student teaching (12 credits) may be completed at the graduate level and is not required for undergraduate graduation:
Secondary Student Teaching I
Secondary Student Teaching II
Total Credits77