Biology with Teacher Certification in Biological Science (Preschool-Grade 12) (B.S.)

Students who wish to pursue P-12 in Biological Science teacher certification must apply to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Please visit the Teacher Education Program website for the required professional sequence of courses and other important Program requirements, guidelines, and procedures. Students are strongly advised to review the Teacher Education Program Handbook. The course SASE 402 Methods of Teaching Science in Secondary Schools is a requirement.

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA. Minimum Major GPA of 2.75 is required. Consult the Teacher Education Handbook for more information.


Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements13
Major Requirements70
Teacher Education Program Requirements37
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Required Biology Courses
BIOL 112Principles of Biology: Introduction to the Cell4
BIOL 113Principles of Biology: Organisms and Diversity4
BIOL 213Introduction to Ecology4
BIOL 230Cell and Molecular Biology4
BIOL 380Genetics4
BIOL 417Evolutionary Biology3
Required Biology Electives
Select one course from each of the four areas below.14
Collateral Chemistry Courses
CHEM 120General Chemistry I4
CHEM 121General Chemistry II4
CHEM 230Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 232Experimental Organic Chemistry I2
Collateral Physics Courses
Select one of the following sequences:8
University Physics I
and University Physics II
College Physics I
and College Physics II
Collateral Mathematics Courses
Select two of the following options:8
Data Science and Statistics
and Data Science and Biostatistics
Applied Calculus A
Calculus I
Applied Calculus B
Calculus II
Collateral Earth Science Course
Select one of the following:4
Planet Earth
Physical Geology
Earth and the Environment
Earth System History
Total Credits70

Biology Teacher Ed Major Electives

Cell and Molecular
Select one of the following:3-4
Population Genetics
Developmental Biology
Molecular Biology
Experimental Molecular Biology
Cell Physiology
Microbial Genetics
Medical Genetics
Biology of Cancer
Research Community I: Molecular Biology
Research Community II: Molecular Biology
Statistical Genomics
Special Topics in Cell and Molecular Biology
Molecular Ecology
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Marine Biology
Environmental Biology and Related Controversial Issues
Introduction to Animal Behavior
Introduction to Aquatic Ecology
Principles of Ecology
Population Genetics
Economic Botany
New Jersey Flora
Phylogenetic Zoology
Comparative Animal Physiology
Biological Oceanography
Aquatic Ecology
Research Community I: Ecology
Research Community II: Ecology
Molecular Ecology
Select one of the following:3-4
Elementary Plant Physiology
Medical Entomology
Developmental Biology
Biology of Animal Parasites
Gross Mammalian Anatomy
Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates
Human Physiology
Vertebrate Embryology
Fundamentals of Pharmacology
Medical Microbiology
Comparative Animal Physiology
Biology of Cancer
Research Community I: Organism Biology
Research Community II: Organism Biology
Special Topics in Organismal Biology
Select one of the following:3-4
Externship in Biological Research (Co-operative Education)
Biology Independent Research
Research Community I: Organism Biology
Research Community II: Organism Biology
Research Community I: Molecular Biology
Research Community II: Molecular Biology
Research Community I: Ecology
Research Community II: Ecology
Total Credits12-16

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
F. Humanities
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
H. Mathematics
Fulfilled by mathematics collateral courses in the major.
I. Natural Science Laboratory
General Chemistry I (Fulfilled in the major.)
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
3. Social Science Perspectives
Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.
Psychological Foundations of Education
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
Total Credits13

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

First Year
BIOL 1124BIOL 1134
WRIT 1053GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature3
Math sequence course 14Math sequence course 24
CHEM 1204CHEM 1214
GNED 1991 
 16 15
Second Year
BIOL 2304BIOL 2134
CHEM 2303EDFD 2003
CHEM 2322GENERAL EDUCATION (K1) Social Science – American and European History3
SASE 2103BIOL 3804
GENERAL EDUCATION (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives3 
 15 14
Third Year
Earth Science Collateral 14Biology Major elective (Cell & Molecular)3-4
Earth Science Collateral 24Biology Major elective (Organismal)3-4
PHYS 191 or 1934Biology Major elective (Ecology)3-4
SASE 3203PHYS 192 or 1944
 SASE 3223
 15 16-19
Fourth Year
BIOL 4173SASE 4523
Biology Major elective (Research)4SASE 4539
SASE 4503 
SASE 4513 
SASE 4024 
 17 12
Total Credits 120-123