Biology Education (7-12), 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 7–12. 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.

Program Requirements: 

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 39–66 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Biology 30 cr

A. Required Courses (27 cr)
BIO 211 Introduction to Cell Biology and Genetics (4)
BIO 212 Introduction to Organismal Biology and Diversity (4)
BIO 213 Introduction to Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (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)

B. Elective Course (3 cr)
Any upper-division course in biology (except BIO 322 or BIO 324).
Total Required Credit Hours in Professional Education 24 cr
EDF 303 Educational Psychology
EDU 416 Teaching Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools
SCI 445 Literacy for Teaching Science (or equivalent)
EXE 372 Foundations of Teaching Adolescents with Disabilities
SED 200 Field Experience in Secondary Science Education
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 30 cr

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

B. Cognate Sciences* (23 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* (7 cr)
BIO 300 Biostatistics (or equivalent) (4)
MAT 126 Calculus (or equivalent)

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

Total Required Credit Hours 135 cr.


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