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  Nov 24, 2017
2013-2014 Undergraduate Bulletin [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 in teaching 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 in the College of Education and Public Policy.

To earn a B.S. with a major in biology with life science teaching certification, you must fulfill the requirements specified by the IPFW College of Education Public Policy 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 College of Education and Public Policy requires that you first complete EDUC F200/M101, EDUC W200/M101, and EDUC K306 before you are permitted to take professional education courses. Prior to your junior year, you must successfully complete the Pearson Basic Skills Test before admission to the Block 1 courses. The Pearson Content Exam must be completed before the student-teaching semester.

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 3.00 or higher in your major area and the professional education courses with an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher. Each required 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.

School of Arts and Sciences Requirements

Supporting Courses (33–35 credits)

General Elective Courses (Credits: 9–11)

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

Professional Education Requirements (Credits: 42)

Prior to being admitted to the Block 1 courses, you must complete the Pre-professional courses and pass the Pearson Basic Skills exam.

Student Teaching

Total Credits: 131–135

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