Biology Major with Secondary Education Specialization, BS
The BS degree in Biology with Secondary Education Specialization is designed for those students seeking teaching certification in Biology and who wish to have a more extensive natural science foundation.
Student Learning Outcomes
Biology, Secondary Education Specialization majors at Washburn University, upon completion of the program will be able to:
- Describe or distinguish major biological principles in cell biology, genetics, organismal biology, ecology, and evolution.
- Demonstrate the complex interrelationships amongst ecological and evolutionary forces and how they influence organisms, populations, and community function.
- Explain the scientific process and be able to discriminate between different approaches to science.
- Identify, recognize, and recall human anatomy, physiology, reproduction, and development.
- Design experiments and analyze and interpret basic scientific data.
- Explain scientific information in oral and written presentations in a clear and professional manner.
Biology Majors with Secondary Education Specialization
The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biology with Secondary Education Specialization requires a minimum of 38 hours: the 20-hour core and at least 18 hours of required supporting courses.
|BI 102||General Cellular Biology||5|
|BI 103||General Organismal Biology||5|
|BI 301||General Microbiology||4|
|BI 333||General Genetics||4|
|BI 390||Biology Seminar (Capstone Course)||1|
|BI 395||Research in Biology (Capstone Course)||1|
|Students must complete the following courses to satisfy Kansas Teaching Standards.|
|Select 18 credit hours of supporting courses:||18|
|BI 155||Sexually Transmitted Disease||1-5|
|or BI 325||Microbiology of Human Disease|
|BI 202||Biology of Behavior||3|
|BI 250||Introduction to Human Anatomy||3-4|
|or BI 275||Human Anatomy|
|BI 255||Human Physiology||4|
|or BI 330||Animal Physiology|
|or BI 300||Field Biology|
|BI 340||Evolutionary Biology||3|
|Non-Biology Courses 1|
|or MA 151||Calculus & Analytic Geometry I|
|Select one of the following physics sequences:||10|
|College Physics I|
and College Physics II
|General Physics I|
and General Physics II
& CH 152
|Fundamentals of Chemistry I|
and Fundamentals of Chemistry II
& CH 342
|Organic Chemistry I|
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
These courses may be used to partially satisfy the 30-hour Natural Sciences Concentration
Natural Sciences Concentration
The BS degree also requires a 30-hour Concentration to be chosen from the Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics & Statistics, Physics & Astronomy, or Computer Information Science). This Natural Sciences Concentration must be in departments other than the major, and must have at least 20 hours in one department. Natural Sciences Concentrations for the BS degree are limited to these courses: CH 151 Fundamentals of Chemistry I or above, PS 261 College Physics I or above, MA 116 College Algebra or above, CM 111 Introduction to Structured Programming or above.
To receive departmental approval as having competency for licensure in teaching biology at the secondary level, majors must complete a BS in Biology Secondary Education Specialization as outlined above. Completion of the 20-hour core, other major requirements, and appropriate course work within the Department of Education in science teaching methods will satisfy the State competency requirements for licensure in biology. See the Department of Biology and the Department of Education for details. The number of credit hours to graduate varies but is at least 140 credit hours.
Students seeking licensure to teach biology must be formally admitted to the University’s Professional Teacher Education Programs. For admission requirements, see Education in this catalog.