Biological Science: Secondary Instruction, B.S.

As of Fall 2021, this degree is in teach-out phase; it is not open to new or readmit students. Students interested in this program should enroll in the Secondary Instruction concentration with the Biological Science, 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.

Curriculum Requirements

Program-Specific Core Curriculum 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 Core Curriculum 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: 1
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

The following courses do not count as supporting science or major electives: BIOS 100BIOS 105, BIOS 110, BIOS 120, BIOS 130.

NOTE: The course sequence table is designed by the major department and is one way that the classes will work out properly in sequence for your major. However, there are alternative or flexible ways to rotate some of the classes within the same year/level and sometimes between year levels. Please contact your major department advisor to discuss flexible alternatives in scheduling the sequence of your classes.

Taking coursework during the summer session may also be an option to accelerate your degree path.

See Core Curriculum Program section for a list of approved Core Curriculum courses.

Biological Science: Secondary Instruction, B.S.

First Year
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
BIOS 1123BIOS 1033
BIOS 1141BIOS 1113
CHEM 1054BIOS 1131
ENGL 100 or 1123CHEM 1064
GNST 1021 
PSYC 200 (required)3 
 18 14
Total Credits 32
Second Year
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 209 or 2103
BBST 2513BIOS 2001
BIOS 2364BIOS 2224
LEDU 3013LEDU 3303
MATH 210 or 3183Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
KNES 1071PHIL 215 (strongly recommended)3
 17 17
Total Credits 34
Third Year
BBST 3653BBST 3543
PHSC 1113BIOS 4014
PHSC 1171PHSC 1123
LEDU 3413PHSC 1181
ENGL 3133LEDU 4253
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
 Writing Competency Requirement
 Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 16 17
Total Credits 33
Fourth Year
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 4653
BBST 306, 316, 326, or 3363BIOS Elective (upper-division)4
BIOS 3261BIOS Elective (upper-division)4
BIOS Elective (upper-division)4LEDU 4332
CHEM 321 (offered even yrs only)3LEDU 4383
Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3LEDU 45010
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1LEDU 45210
 18 16
Total Credits 34

LEDU 450 (6) and LEDU 452 (6) Student Teaching - see catalog and advisor.