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Biology Major with a Co-Major in Secondary Education

Earn a state-certified degree and prepare for a career teaching biology.

Would you like to share your knowledge and enthusiasm for science with middle school and high school students? The biology major with a co-major in secondary education will prepare you as a professional educator to meet the many challenges of the 21st century classroom, teaching biology in grades 7-12.

The co-major is designed to be coupled with the B.S. in biology or with the Integrated Biology B.A., , and you will be instructed and mentored by a highly qualified faculty. All full-time and adjunct faculty members in the education department at Cedar Crest are teacher-scholars with a minimum of five years of teaching experience in K-12 classrooms. This degree program is certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

For information on the Secondary Education major with a concentration in Biology please consult the Secondary Education major website.

Required Courses for Biology B.S. and Secondary EDU Co-major

 

  • BIO 121 Principles of Biology I 4 credits
  • BIO 122 Principles of Biology II 4 credits
  • (Students with Advanced Placement credit for BIO 121 and/or 122 required to take the BIO 121 and 122 Labs.)
  • BIO 235 Ecology, Evolution and Genetics 4 credits
  • BIO 236 Cell and Molecular Biology 4 credits

Students who have previously taken BIO 222, 231, or 234 should consult their advisers to determine the courses needed to complete the major.

  • BIO 350 Junior Colloquium 2 credits
  • BIO 356 Science, Ethics, and Society 3 credits
  • CHE 111 Chemical Principles 4 credits
  • CHE 112 Chemical Equilibrium and Analysis 4 credits
  • CHE 205 Organic Chemistry I 4 credits
  • CHE 206 Organic Chemistry II or CHE 320 Environmental Chemistry 4 credits
  • MAT 141 Calculus I 3 credits
  • MAT 142 Calculus II or BIO 248 Biostatistics* 3 credits
  • PHY 101 Introductory College Physics I 4 credits
  • PHY 102 Introductory College Physics II 4 credits
  • BIO 217 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 218 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIO 309 Conservation Biology and GIS (can opt for lecture only)
  • GSC 103 [Earth Science III: Astronomy] or GSC 104 [Earth Science IV: Historical Geology]

Electives 4-5 credits

Students who take both the lecture and lab portion of BIO 309 need 4 credits of electives in the Biological Sciences; students taking only the lecture portion of BIO 309 will need 5 credits of electives in the Biological Sciences. Electives are any 200- or 300-level BIO courses (aside from the Core), with the exception of BIO 243 and BIO 354. CHE 307, CHE 308, CHE 348 and one credit of BIO 201 may be applied. A student may apply up to 2 credits of BIO 353, CHE 391/392, or HON 350/351. * BIO 248 can be applied to either the math or elective requirement, but not to both.

Requirements for the Biology/Secondary Education Co-Major

Any student who meets the College admission requirements for biology and education will be accepted into the program. In order to be admitted to the professional term, the student must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for certification. In addition, the student must fulfill all requirements of the education and biology programs.

Requirements for the Secondary Education Co-Major (In Addition to B.S. in Biology Program Requirements):

  • EDU 100 Perspectives on Middle Level and Secondary Education 3 credits
  • EDU 102 Educational Psychology 3 credits
  • EDU 150 Educational Planning 3 credits
  • EDU 151 Field Experience I 1 credit
  • EDU 207 Technology for Educators 3 credits (Biology, Chemistry and General Science majors are exempted)
  • EDU 214 Adolescent Literacy 3 credits
  • EDU 215 Field Experience II: Middle Level and Secondary 1 credit
  • EDU 346 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences for Secondary Science and Mathematics 3 credits
    or
    EDU 347 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences for Secondary Social Studies 3 credits
    or
    EDU 348 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences for Secondary English 3 credits
    or
    EDU 349 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences for K-12 World Language 3 credits
  • World Language 3 credits
  • EDU 350 Field Experience III: Secondary 1 credit
  • EDU 351 Assessment I 3 credits
  • EDU 352 Assessment II 3 credits
  • EDU 359 Teaching the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students 3 credits
  • SPE 243 The Exceptional Child 3 credits
  • SPE 245 Field Experience IV 1 credit
  • SPE 320 Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities 3 credits
  • SPE 344 Adaptations, Modifications, and Assistive Technology for the Exceptional Child 3 credits
    or
    SPE 250 Subject Area Content Access for Students with Learning Disabilities 3 credits
  • EDU 373 Student Teaching: Secondary Schools 9 credits
  • EDU 374 Professional Education Seminar 3 credits

Other Required Course:

  • English (any American or British literature course) 3 credits

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Req Courses for Integrated Bio B.A. and Secondary EDU Co-major

 

  • BIO 121 Principles of Biology I 4 credits
  • BIO 122 Principles of Biology II 4 credits
  • (Students with Advanced Placement credit for BIO 121 and/or 122 required to take the BIO 121 and 122 Labs.)
  • BIO 235 Ecology, Evolution and Genetics 4 credits
  • BIO 236 Cell and Molecular Biology 4 credits

Students who have previously taken BIO 222, 231, or 234 should consult their advisers to determine the courses needed to complete the major.

  • BIO 350 Junior Colloquium 2 credits
  • BIO 356 Science, Ethics, and Society 3 credits
  • CHE 111 Chemical Principles 4 credits
  • CHE 112 Chemical Equilibrium and Analysis 4 credits
  • CHE 205 Organic Chemistry I 4 credits or BIO 248 Biostatistics* 3 credits
  • PHY 101 Introductory College Physics I 4 credits
  • BIO 217 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 218 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIO 309 Conservation Biology and GIS (can opt for lecture only)
  • GSC 103 [Earth Science III: Astronomy] or GSC 104 [Earth Science IV: Historical Geology]

Electives 0-1 credit

Students who take both the lecture and lab portion of BIO 309 do not need any additional electives in the Biological Sciences; students taking only the lecture portion of BIO 309 will need 1 credit of electives in the Biological Sciences. Electives are any 200- or 300-level BIO courses (aside from the Core), with the exception of BIO 243 and BIO 354. CHE 307, CHE 308, CHE 348 and one credit of BIO 201 may be applied. A student may apply up to 2 credits of BIO 353, CHE 391/392, or HON 350/351. * BIO 248 can be applied to either the math or elective requirement, but not to both..

Requirements for the Secondary Education Co-Major (In Addition to Integrated Biology B.A. Program Requirements):

Any student who meets the College admission requirements for integrated biology and education will be accepted into the program. In order to be admitted to the professional term, the student must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for certification. In addition, the student must fulfill all requirements of the education and integrated biology programs.

  • EDU 100 Perspectives on Middle Level and Secondary Education 3 credits
  • EDU 102 Educational Psychology 3 credits
  • EDU 150 Educational Planning 3 credits
  • EDU 151 Field Experience I 1 credit
  • EDU 207 Technology for Educators 3 credits (Biology, Chemistry and General Science majors are exempted)
  • EDU 214 Adolescent Literacy 3 credits
  • EDU 215 Field Experience II: Middle Level and Secondary 1 credit
  • EDU 346 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences for Secondary Science and Mathematics 3 credits
    or
    EDU 347 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences for Secondary Social Studies 3 credits
    or
    EDU 348 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences for Secondary English 3 credits
    or
    EDU 349 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences for K-12 World Language 3 credits
  • World Language 3 credits
  • EDU 350 Field Experience III: Secondary 1 credit
  • EDU 351 Assessment I 3 credits
  • EDU 352 Assessment II 3 credits
  • EDU 359 Teaching the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students 3 credits
  • SPE 243 The Exceptional Child 3 credits
  • SPE 245 Field Experience IV 1 credit
  • SPE 320 Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities 3 credits
  • SPE 344 Adaptations, Modifications, and Assistive Technology for the Exceptional Child 3 credits
    or
    SPE 250 Subject Area Content Access for Students with Learning Disabilities 3 credits
  • EDU 373 Student Teaching: Secondary Schools 9 credits
  • EDU 374 Professional Education Seminar 3 credits

Other Required Course:

  • English (any American or British literature course) 3 credits
  • An additional Math course 3 credits

Click here for Integrated Biology B.A. and Secondary Education Co-major