Biology Major with Comprehensive Science High School Teaching Licensure (BIOL)—B.S.

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Required: 122 semester hours, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level; note that licensure programs may require hours beyond the minimum listed.

AOS Code: U218

The Comprehensive Science High School Licensure (BIOL) program provides a strong background in biology as well as licensure for high school biology teaching. In addition, successful completion of this program qualifies candidates to teach other high school science subjects as well.

The Bachelor of Science degree is offered for those students aspiring to a professional career in biology, and for those students with particularly strong interests in the discipline. See also the descriptions of pre-professional programs concerning their requirements. A student pursuing the Bachelor of Science is expected to develop a stronger background in mathematics and related sciences and to attain a greater understanding of biology than will a student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree. Bachelor of Science students will also be strongly encouraged to undertake an individual research project with a faculty member during their junior and/or senior year.

Students seeking admission to the UNCG Teacher Education Program with a major in Biology must meet the following minimum requirements of the Department of Biology:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 9 s.h. in biology courses, with at least 6 of those hours from courses taken at UNCG
  2. A grade point average of at least 2.50 for biology courses completed at UNCG

Students already admitted to the UNCG Teacher Education Program with a major in Biology who are seeking admission to Student Teaching must meet the following requirements of the Department of Biology:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 18 s.h. of biology courses, with at least 15 of those hours from courses taken at UNCG
  2. A grade point average of at least 2.50 for biology courses completed at UNCG

I General Education Core Requirements (GEC)

See complete GEC requirements and approved course listings for all categories.

GLT—Literature (6 s.h.)

Student selects 6 s.h. from GLT list.

GFA—Fine Arts (3.s.h.)

Student selects 3 s.h. from GFA list.

GPR—Philosophical, Religious, Ethical Principles (3 s.h.)

Student selects 3 s.h. from GPR list.

GHP—Historical Perspectives on Western Culture (3 s.h.)

Student selects 3 s.h. from GHP list.

GNS—Natural Sciences (7 s.h.)

BIO 111Principles of Biology I

4

CHE 111General Chemistry I

3

GMT—Mathematics (3 s.h.)

MAT 191Calculus I

3

GRD—Reasoning and Discourse (6 s.h.)

ENG 101College Writing I

3

or

FMS 115Freshman Seminar in Reasoning and Discourse I

3

or

RCO 101College Writing I

3

Student selects additional 3 s.h. from GRD list.

GSB—Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 s.h.)

Student selects 6 s.h. from GSB list.

II General Education Marker Requirements

See details and courses. It is possible to meet all GE Marker Requirements while completing the GE Core requirements or courses required by the major/concentration.

Global/Global Non-Western Perspectives (GL/GN)

four (4) courses carrying GL/GN markers, at least one of which must carry the GN marker

One Speaking Intensive (SI) Course

In addition to this SI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second SI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Speaking Intensive.

One Writing Intensive (WI) Course

In addition to this WI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second WI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Writing Intensive.

III College of Arts and Sciences Additional Requirements (CAR)

See requirements and approved courses.

GMO/GPM—Historical Perspectives on Western Culture (3 s.h.)

Student selects 3 s.h. from GPM or GMO list.

GLS/GPS—Natural Sciences (4 s.h.)

BIO 112Principles of Biology II

4

GSB—Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 s.h.)

Student selects 3 s.h. from GSB list.

GFL—Foreign Language (0–12 s.h.)

intermediate-level proficiency in one language, demonstrated by placement test, or completion of course work through course number 204

WI—Writing Intensive Courses

a total of four WI courses

IV Major Requirements

Biology majors must complete BIO 111 and BIO 112, and a minimum of 30 semester hours of Biology courses above the 100 level. A maximum of four hours at the 200 level may be counted toward the major. Students must have a grade point average of at least 2.0 in Biology courses completed at UNCG.

Biology Core Requirements

In meeting this requirement for hours above the 100 level, all B.S. Biology majors must complete the following courses; completion of at least four of these requirements is strongly recommended prior to enrollment in courses numbered 400 and higher.

1. Ecology

BIO 301Principles of Ecology

3

2. Cell Biology

BIO 355Cell Biology

3

3. Genetics

BIO 392Genetics

3

4. Diversity

one of the following

BIO 322Plant Diversity

4

BIO 341Invertebrate Zoology

4

BIO 354Plant Systematics

4

BIO 370Vertebrate Zoology

4

5. At least two of the following laboratory core courses:

BIO 302Introductory Ecology Laboratory

1

BIO 356Cell Biology Laboratory

1

BIO 393Genetics Laboratory

1

6. At least one course at the 500 level

Undergraduate Research (BIO 499) or Honors Work (BIO 493), for 2 or more s.h., are also strongly recommended.

V Related Area Requirements

B.S. Biology majors are required to take the following related courses or their approved equivalents:

1.

CHE 111General Chemistry I

3

CHE 112General Chemistry I Laboratory

1

CHE 114General Chemistry II

3

CHE 115General Chemistry II Laboratory

1

CHE 351Organic Chemistry I

4

CHE 352Organic Chemistry II

3

CHE 354Organic Chemistry Laboratory

1

2.

MAT 191Calculus I

3

and either
MAT 292Calculus II

3

or

STA 271Fundamental Concepts of Statistics

3

Or

STA 571Statistical Methods for Research I

3

and

3.

PHY 211General Physics I

4

and

PHY 212General Physics II

4

or

PHY 291General Physics I with Calculus

4

and

PHY 292General Physics II with Calculus

4

VI Additional Requirements for Teacher Licensure

The Teaching Licensure program in Biology includes a diverse science curriculum in order to align with licensure requirements of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Required:

GEO 103Introduction to Earth Science

3

one or more of the following:

GEO 111Physical Geology

3

GEO 205Environmental Change: Its Nature and Impact

3

GEO 311Weather and Climate

3

GEO 314Physical Geography: Landscape Processes

3

The following courses must be taken in a specified sequence:

terminating in student teaching in the spring semester of the senior year. See the online Secondary Education Handbook for more information.

1.

TED 535Literacy in the Content Area

3

2.

ERM 401Assessment I: Accountability in Our Nation's Schools

1

ERM 402Assessment II: Standardized Tests

1

ERM 403Assessment III: Classroom Assessment

1

3.

TED 401Child and Adolescent Development and Learning

1

SES 401Understanding and Teaching Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings

1

TED 403Teaching English Learners with Diverse Abilities

1

4.

TED 445Human Diversity, Teaching, and Learning

3

5.

TED 559Teaching Practices and Curriculum in Science

3

6.

TED 465Student Teaching and Seminar: Secondary School

12

TED 465 (12 s.h.)

LIS 120 is strongly recommended.


 

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