Four-Year Degree Plan: Categorical Science

Following this degree plan certifies you to teach introductory level biology courses in a high school setting. The curriculum includes a variety of scientific disciplines with a focus on biology.  You can complete your biology education degree in eight regular semesters.

Make an appointment with your advisor to discuss schedules and options. Review the projected course offerings schedule before registering.

Sample schedule

This is a model four-year degree plan. Your path to graduation may vary slightly based on factors such as college credit you earned while in high school, your choice of general education electives and placement in English and mathematics.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours18
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
ENG 110 Writing I 3
BIO 121 General Biology I 4
MTH 135 College Algebra 3
General Education: Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
General Education: Humanities 3

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
BIO 122 General Biology II 4
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
EDC 150 Introduction to Teaching 0
MTH 181 Trigonometry 3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877 3

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours17
BIO 215 Introduction to the Diversity of Life 2
BIO 235 Genetics 4
CHM 116 Fundamentals of Chemistry 4
CHM 117 Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory 1
SEC 302 General Methods of Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Schools 3
PSY 360 Educational Psychology 3

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
BIO 369 General Ecology 4
Writing II 3
EDC 350 School and Society 3
General Education: Public Issues 3
General Education: Cultural Competence 3

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
BIO 361 General Physiology 4
PHY 100 Survey of Physics with Laboratory 4
General Education: Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
SPE 340 Educational Alternative for Exceptional Students 2
RDG 474 Reading and Writing in the Content Fields 3

Sixth semester (sixth)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
BIO 310 Microbiology 5
SCI 505 Intellectual Foundations of Science and Technology 3
GLG 110 Principles of Geology 4
EDT 365 Educational Applications of Technology and Media 3

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours14
SCI 414 Teaching of Secondary School Natural Science 3
BIO 515 Evolution 3
BIO 300 Elective 2
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
General Education: The Arts 3

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours12
SCI 493 Supervised Teaching (Secondary Science) 6
SCI 494 Supervised Teaching (Secondary Science) 6