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Bachelor of Arts in Biology - Teacher Certification(Biology)

  • Completion of this major prepares the student to assume the responsibilities of a biology teacher in elementary, middle, or high schools in which science is taught as a separate subject.

    Admission to the Education Certification program requires a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.75, Eligibility for teacher certification by the New Jersey Department of Education is dependent on completion of the curriculum requirements of the certification program, a passing score on the Praxis exam and the minimum CGPA in effect in the State of New Jersey at the time of application for certification.

    Students interested in the certification program must consult the College of Education for additional requirements for admission to the program and for certification.

    1. A minimum of 36 credits in Biology. Course requirements for completion of this program are listed below. Courses identified with * have prerequisites and/or corequisites.


      Course Code
      Course Title
     BIOL 130
     Principles of Biology I
     BIOL 131*
     Principles of Biology II
     BIOL 230*
     Cell Biology
     BIOL 236*
     Anatomy & Physiology I
     BIOL 237*
     Anatomy & Physiology II
     BIOL 304*
     Genetics  4
     BIOL 402*
     Ecology  4
     BIOL 440*
     Biology Seminar

    Biology electives: minimum 15 credits
    300 level* 4-8 credits
    400 level* 3-8 credits

    * Chemistry 105, 1105, 106 and 1106 are prerequisites for all 300 and 400 level Biology courses. Chemistry 207 and 208 are recommended prerequisites for many 300 and 400 level major courses.

    Students are advised to complete Chemistry 105, 1105, 106, and 1106 prior to beginning the Junior year of study.

    A minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) if 2.0 in Principles of Biology I and Principles of Biology II must be attained in order to enroll in advanced courses.

    2. Ten (10) credits in Chemistry must be taken in addition to Biology major courses. These are:

      Course Code
      Course Title
     CHEM 105*
     General Chemistry I
     CHEM 1105*
     General Chemistry I Lab
     CHEM 106*
     General Chemistry II
     CHEM 1106*
     General Chemistry II Lab


    3. Twenty-one (21) credits in the following courses are required:

      Course Code
      Course Title
     GEOS 111
     Principles of Earth Science
     INTD 180*
     Computer Tools for Science & Math
     MATH 165*
     Precalculus  3
     PHYS 101
     Basic Concepts of Physics
     INTD 149
     Human and Intercultural Relations
     PSYC 150
     Birth to Adolescence
     SOCI 114
     Sociology of the Family

    All of the above courses meet General Studies Area requirements. See page 9 of the Master Course list for a tally sheet.

    4. Thirty (30) credits in the following courses. Must earn a grade of B- or higher in each; minimum 2.75 GPA required to remain in the program.

      Phase I
     EDU 301
     Challenges in Urban Education
     LTED 330*
     Focus: Reading, Language & Literacy

      Phase II
     EDU 330*
     Focus: Development, Behavior and Learning
     EDU 331*
     Field Experience II

      Phase III
     Secondary Reading & Language Workshop
     Secondary Curriculum, Method & Material Workshop
     EDU2372*  Secondary Methods of Teaching Science

    Phase II offered fall semester only.

      Phase IV
     EDU 485*
     Classroom Management and Assessment
     EDU 470*
     Concurrent Student Teaching Seminar
     EDU 480*
     Internship  8

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