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. Apply and demonstrate the scientific method and how it is used in research (ULO 1).
  2. Explain the biomolecular basis of life at the cellular level (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. Integrate faith and scientific knowledge to explain how science should be practiced with integrity, our duty to steward creation, and how to articulate the merit of one's worldview (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.

For those interested in teaching Biology at the high school level, this major provides coursework that, combined with successfully passing the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET), leads to a California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Biology. The Biological Science: Secondary Instruction major consists of 76 credits.

The Professional Teacher Preparation Program leading to a California Teaching Credential at Biola University is subject to change in response to new legislation. See a credential analyst in the School of Education for current information on completing the requirements for a teaching credential. Students must consult with both their major advisor and a School of Education advisor.

Major Requirements

Program-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses
All Biological Science majors automatically meet the Core Curriculum requirement for 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 438Secondary Curriculum, Differentiation, and Assessment3
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 Credits76