Secondary Education: Biology

Transfer Major

Decisions on the transferability of courses are made by the four-year colleges and differ from school to school. Students enrolled in this major should contact the Transfer Services office early in their academic program to determine which courses will transfer to the college of their choice.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Department
Founders 112 • Phone (215) 968-8305
Curriculum Code No. 1169

The Secondary Education – Biology major is designed for students who plan to teach Biology in a high school setting. The program provides the first two years of an undergraduate degree leading to a baccalaureate degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Biology.

Graduates of this program are able to

  • Recognize and relate the importance of science in daily life experiences.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental scientific concepts and proficiency in performing basic laboratory techniques.
  • Demonstrate use of a variety of different instruments and techniques to collect, organize, evaluate and present data.

Prospective students with academic deficiencies should be aware that they will need additional time to acquire the necessary academic background. Prerequisites and corequisites for required courses must be followed.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Credits
COMP110
English Composition I A,C,2,4,10
3
COMP111
English Composition II C,2,4,10
3
EDUC100
Foundations of Education
3
PSYC190
Educational Psychology 2,3
3
COMM110
Effective Speaking C,5
3
PSYC110
Introduction to Psychology 3,8
3
BIOL121
Biological Principles I C
4
BIOL228
Microbiology C,9
4
CHEM121
Chemistry I A,C,6,7,9
4
CHEM122
Chemistry II C
4
CHEM221
Organic Chemistry I C
5
CHEM222
Organic Chemistry II C
5
PHYS106
Physics A C,7
4
PHYS107
Physics B C,7
4
Arts/Humanities Elective B,1 3
Secondary Ed: Biology Electives D 6-8
Total Credit Hours61-63

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

Course Credits
COMP110
English Composition I C,2,4,10
3
CHEM121
Chemistry I C,6,7,9
4
PSYC110
Introduction to Psychology 3,8
3
BIOL121
Biological Principles I C
4
Arts/Humanities Elective B,1 3
Total Credit Hours17

Second Semester

Course Credits
COMP111
English Composition II C,2,4,10
3
CHEM122
Chemistry II C
4
COMM110
Effective Speaking C,5
3
BIOL228
Microbiology C,9
4
Total Credit Hours14

Third Semester

Course Credits
CHEM221
Organic Chemistry I C
5
PHYS106
Physics A C,7
4
EDUC100
Foundations of Education
3
Secondary Ed: Biology Elective D3-4
Total Credit Hours15-16

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
CHEM222
Organic Chemistry II C
5
PHYS107
Physics B C,7
4
PSYC190
Educational Psychology C,2,3
3
Secondary Ed: Biology Elective D3-4
Total Credit Hours15-16

A Placement testing required; Chem 121 requires taking and passing the Chem Placement Exam and Math120 or a score of 8 on the Math Assessment test
B Consult the list of courses approved for this subcategory. Any course may be chosen.
C Course requires prerequisite.
DChoose from: BIOL122; BIOL220; CHEM242; EDUC160; MATH115.

1 Satisfies Arts/Humanities.
2 Satisfies Critical Thinking.
3 Satisfies Diversity.
4 Satisfies Information Literacy.
5 Satisfies Oral Communication.
6 Satisfies Quantitative Literacy.
7 Satisfies Scientific Literacy.
8 Satisfies Social Sciences.
9 Satisfies Technological Competence.
10 Satisfies Writing.