Biology Education (7-12; 5-6 Extension), B.S.

About the Program: 

The biology B.S. degree program in secondary education leads to a New York State Initial Certificate for teaching both biology and general science in grades 5–12.. Students seeking admission to the biology B.S. education program should initially enroll in the biology B.A. program. After successfully completing at least two required biology courses at Buffalo State with a GPA in these courses of 2.75 or higher, students apply for admission to the biology B.S. education program during the semester they complete SED 200. A minimum GPA of 2.75 in biology courses is required for admission to SED 405, SED 407, and SED 408.

NOTE: Undergraduate or post-baccalaureate candidates seeking New York State Teacher Certification are advised to review the M.S.Ed. in Science Education degree program. This program is designed to enable students to quickly and efficiently develop the knowledge and skills required for teaching; the program leads to initial NYS certification for those candidates already holding undergraduate science degrees. Candidates currently in undergraduate or post-baccalaureate programs should strongly consider transitioning to the new program.

Program Requirements: 

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 33-39 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Biology 31 cr

BIO 111 Introduction to Biology (4)
BIO 212 Introduction to Organismal Biology and Diversity (4)
BIO 213 Introduction to Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (4)
BiO 214 Introduction to Cell Biology (4)
BIO 303 Genetics (4)
BIO 315 Ecology (4)
BIO 405 Organic Evolution

Select one of the following:
BIO 308, BIO 309 Human Anatomy and Physiology (with lab) (3, 1)
BIO 402 Comparative Animal Physiology (4)

Total Required Credit Hours in Professional Education 30 cr
SPF 303 Educational Psychology: Middle and Secondary Education
EDU 416 Teaching Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools
SCI 445 Literacy for Teaching Science
EXE 372 Foundations of Teaching Adolescents with Disabilities
SCI 323 Science as Inquiry
SED 200 Field Experience in Secondary Science Education
SED 310 Teaching Science in a Middle School
SED 401 Techniques for Teaching Laboratory Activities in the Secondary Science Classroom
SED 405 Methods and Materials in Teaching Secondary School Science
SED 409 Seminar in Secondary Science Education

Total Required Credit Hours in Student Teaching 12 cr
SED 407 Practice Teaching Science in the Middle School (6)
SED 408 Practice Teaching Science in the High School (6)

Total Required Credit Hours in Other Fields for Certification 27-35 cr

A. One Year (or Equivalent) of a Foreign Language (0-6 cr)

B. Cognate Sciences* (23-25 cr)
CHE 111 and CHE 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry I, II (4, 4)
GES 101 Introductory Geology
GES 103 Introductory Geology Laboratory (1)
PHY 107 and PHY 108 General Physics I, II (4, 4)
PHY 111 and PHY 112 University Physics I, II (5, 5)

Select one of the following:
GES 111 General Oceanography
GES 131 Introductory Astronomy
GES 241 Meteorology

C. Mathematics* (4 cr)
MAT 126 Calculus (or equivalent) (4)

*In most cases, two courses can fulfill Intellectual Foundations requirements.

Total Required Credit Hours 133-147 cr

*Up to 6 general education (IF 14) courses (math/quantitative reasoning, American Civilization, Western Civilization, Non-western Civilization, Global and Diversity) may overlap with required courses in the major which could significantly reduce the total number to 120-129 credit hours required. Advisement is strongly encouraged.


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