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.
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:
- Apply and demonstrate the scientific method and how it is used in research (ULO 1).
- Explain the biomolecular basis of life at the cellular level (ULO 1).
- 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).
- 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.
|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.
|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 103||Introduction to Environmental Science||3|
|BIOS 111||Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology||3|
|BIOS 113||Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory||1|
|BIOS 112||Fundamentals of Organismal Biology||3|
|BIOS 114||Fundamentals of Organismal Biology Laboratory||1|
|BIOS 200||Sophomore Writing Seminar||1|
|BIOS 236||Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology||4|
|BIOS 326||Sciences CSET Preparation||1|
|BIOS 401||General Ecology||4|
|CHEM 105||General Chemistry I||4|
|CHEM 106||General Chemistry II||4|
|CHEM 321||Basic Organic and Biochemistry||3|
|PHSC 111||Physics I||3|
|PHSC 117||Physics I Laboratory||1|
|PHSC 112||Physics II||3|
|PHSC 118||Physics II Laboratory||1|
|MATH 210||Introduction to Probability and Statistics||3|
|or MATH 318||Biostatistics|
|Select at least 12 credits of upper-division Biological Science elective courses||12|
|LEDU 301||Introduction to Teaching||3|
|LEDU 330||Psychological Foundations of Education||3|
|LEDU 341||Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students||3|
|LEDU 425||Secondary Content Area Reading||3|
|LEDU 433||Single Subject Pedagogy||2|
|LEDU 438||Secondary Curriculum, Differentiation, and Assessment||3|
|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|