May 25, 2019  
Undergraduate Bulletin 2010-2011 
Undergraduate Bulletin 2010-2011 [Archived Catalog]

Biology with Life Science Teaching Certification (B.S.)

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Program: B.S.
Department of Biology
College of Arts and Sciences

Science Building 330 ~ 260-481-6305 ~

The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:

Learning Goals

Provide coursework, research experience, and advising for students who seek employment after the B.S. degree or who expect to enter graduate and professional schools.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students should have demonstrated comprehension of basic biological principles and theories and a demonstrated ability to apply those theories and principles to problem solving.
  • Students should have demonstrated knowledge of the scientific method, and should be able to apply that knowledge to problem solving.  Students should also have the ability to critically evaluate biological information.
  • Students should have demonstrated the basic knowledge and experience of field and laboratory work and be able to communicate the results of an investigation.  

The study of biology is an excellent way to prepare for a career in teaching because it provides the student with a solid foundation in science as well as in teaching. Students who plan to earn a B.S. with a major in biology with life science teaching certification should consult regularly with the coordinator of advising of the School of Education.

To earn a B.S. with a major in biology with life science teaching certification, you must fulfill the requirements specified by the IPFW School of Education and fulfill the requirements of IPFW and of the College of Arts and Sciences with the exception of the foreign language requirement (see Part 4  and Part 8 ).

The School of Education requires that you first complete EDUA F300, EDUC W200/M101, and EDUC K201 before you are permitted to take professional education courses. Prior to your junior year, you must successfully complete the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) before admission to the teacher education program. The PRAXIS II Specialty Area Exam must be completed before or during the student-teaching semester, normally in your senior year.

To be eligible to apply for teacher licensure, you must earn a GPA of 2.00 or higher in each general education area. You should work closely with your advisor to ensure completion of general education requirements for teacher licensing. You must also earn a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher in your major area and the professional education courses with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher. Each professional education course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Students who qualify may elect to do an independent project supervised by a faculty member. Credits earned in these courses (BIOL 295 or BIOL 595) cannot be used to satisfy A/B-elective requirements.

IPFW General Education Requirements

Area I—Linguistic and Numerical Foundations

Area II—Natural and Physical Sciences

Area III—The Individual, Culture, and Society (Credits: 6)

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Area IV—Humanistic Thought (Credits: 6)

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Area V—Creative and Artistic Expression (Credits: 3)

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Area VI—Inquiry and Analysis

One of the following Credits: 0

(credits included in Supporting Courses, below)

School of Arts and Sciences Requirements

General Elective Courses (Credits: 10–12)

You must complete at least one course with a laboratory in each group.

School of Education Requirements (Credits: 37-41)

Prior to being admitted to the teacher education program, you must complete the Initial Requirement courses and pass the PPST.

Total Credits: 131–135

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