Education: Secondary Education, Biological Sciences (BS)

Degree: Bachelor of Science
Major: Biological Sciences
Concentration: Biology, Secondary Education
Program Code: 3412

About This Major . . .

The Biology program offers coursework, in conjunction with the Center for Teacher Education, leading to licensure in secondary education science.  Graduates of the program can teach in the state of Colorado or use their teaching expertise in other careers. After completing foundation sciences classes in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geology, students choose 10 hours of upper level Biology course work, in consultation with their advisor.

The secondary licensure program provides teacher education candidates with broad content knowledge in science and prepares them as teachers for grades 7 through 12.  A minimum of 75 credit hours of Essential Learning and content area coursework must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.80 before a candidate may apply for admission to the Center for Teacher Education secondary licensure program.  Please see the Teacher Education Admission Packet for further information on admissions criteria.  EDUC 115, What It Means to be an Educator, and EDUC 215, Teaching as a Profession, must be taken before applying to the program.

Important information for this degree:

  • 2.80 cumulative GPA or higher required in all CMU coursework.
  • All EDUC prefix courses must be completed with a grade of "B" or better.
  • Students must pass the PRAXIS II exam in the content area prior to beginning the internship.  Also, all other coursework toward the degree must be successfully completed prior to the internship.
  • A grade of "C" or better must be earned in all required courses, unless otherwise stated.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit Career Services’ What to Do with a Major? resource.

All CMU baccalaureate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus-wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Biological Sciences Outcome 1: Utilize the scientific approach to address novel questions and problems through the development of hypotheses, design of experiments, collection of data, analysis of data, and interpretation of results. (Quantitative Fluency/Applied Learning)
  2. Biological Sciences Outcome 2: Identify, examine, evaluate and discuss the scientific literature. (Critical Thinking)
  3. Biological Sciences Outcome 3: Articulate biological principles and ideas effectively, both in written and oral form. (Communication Fluency)
  4. Teacher Education Outcome 1: Demonstrate mastery of major area’s content knowledge and pedagogical strategies through fieldwork with learners in professional settings. (Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning)
  5. Teacher Education Outcome 2: Design and establish a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students. (Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning)
  6. Teacher Education Outcome 3: Plan and deliver effective instruction to students, based on research-based pedagogical practices. (Communication Literacy/Information Literacy)
  7. Teacher Education Outcome 4: Collect and analyze student assessment data and use results to inform planning and instruction. (Quantitative Fluency)
  8. Teacher Education Outcome 5: Demonstrate professionalism through ethical conduct, reflection, and leadership. (Personal and Social Responsibility)

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU baccalaureate degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 120 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 of the last 60 hours of credit at CMU, with at least 15 semester hours in major discipline courses numbered 300 or higher.
  • 40 upper-division credits (an alternative credit limit applies to the Bachelor of Applied Science degree).
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 30 semester credit hours for a baccalaureate degree. A maximum of 15 of the 30 credits may be for cooperative education, internships, and practica.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Specific to this degree: 

  • 2.80 cumulative GPA or higher required in all CMU coursework.

Essential Learning Requirements

(31 semester hours, must earn a grade of “C” or better in each course, unless otherwise noted.)

See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below.  If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

English 1
ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
ENGL 112English Composition II-GTCO23
Mathematics 2
MATH 113College Algebra-GTMA1 (or higher) 33
History
Select one History course3
Humanities
Select one Humanities course3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
PSYC 233Human Growth and Development-GTSS3 43
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Fine Arts
Select one Fine Arts course3
Natural Sciences 5
BIOL 105
105L
Attributes of Living Systems-GTSC1
and Attributes of Living Systems Laboratory-GTSC1
4
One of the following courses:3
Introduction to Environmental Science-GTSC2
Weather and Climate-GTSC2
Oceanography-GT-SC2
Geology of Colorado-GTSC2
Elementary Astronomy-GTSC2
Total Semester Credit Hours31

Other Lower Division Requirements

Must earn a grade of “C” or better in each course, unless otherwise noted.

Wellness Requirement
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
Select one Activity course1
Essential Learning Capstone 1
ESSL 290Maverick Milestone3
ESSL 200Essential Speech1
Total Semester Credit Hours6

Foundation Courses

(13 semester hours, must pass all courses with a grade of "C" or higher.)

CHEM 121Principles of Chemistry-GTSC1 14
CHEM 121LPrinciples of Chemistry Laboratory-GTSC1 11
CHEM 122Principles of Organic Chemistry-GTSC1 14
CHEM 122LPrinciples of Organic Chemistry Laboratory-GTSC1 11
STAT 200Probability and Statistics-GTMA13
Total Semester Credit Hours13

Program Specific Degree Requirements

(40 semester hours, must pass all courses with a grade of “C” or higher and maintain a 2.80 cumulative GPA or higher in coursework in this area.)

Core Courses
BIOL 106
106L
Principles of Animal Biology
and Principles of Animal Biology Laboratory
4
BIOL 107
107L
Principles of Plant Biology
and Principles of Plant Biology Laboratory
4
BIOL 385Nature and Philosophy of Science3
BIOL 483Senior Thesis2
Required Related Study Area
MATH 113College Algebra-GTMA11
One of the following sets of courses:4
Principles of Physical Geology-GTSC1
and Principles of Physical Geology Laboratory-GTSC1
Field-Based Introduction to Physical Geology-GTSC1
and Field-Based Introduction to Physical Geology Laboratory-GTSC1
GEOL 112
112L
Principles of Historical Geology-GTSC1
and Principles of Historical Geology Laboratory-GTSC1
4
PHYS 111
111L
General Physics-GTSC1
and General Physics Laboratory-GTSC1
5
PHYS 112
112L
General Physics-GTSC1
and General Physics Laboratory-GTSC1
5
Biology Electives
Select 8 semester hours of upper division BIOL courses:8
Total Semester Credit Hours40

Secondary Education Requirements

(29 semester hours, must pass all EDUC courses with a grade of “B” or higher.)

Program Requirements:  ENGL 111ENGL 112PSYC 233EDUC 115, and EDUC 215 (all with a grade of B or better) and formal acceptance to the Teacher Education Program.

EDUC 115What It Means To Be An Educator (8 field experience hours)1
EDUC 215Teaching as a Profession (12 field experience hours)1
EDUC 342Pedagogy and Assessment: Secondary and K-12 (20 field experience hours)3
EDUC 343Teaching to Diversity (20 field experience hours)3
EDUC 442Integrating Literacy Across the Curriculum: Secondary and K-12 Art (60 field experience hours)3
EDUC 475Classroom Management for K-12 Educators1
EDUC 497Content Methodology Practicum (80 field experience hours)3
EDUC 497DMethods of Teaching Secondary Science 12
EDUC 499GTeaching Internship and Colloquia: Secondary (600 field experience hours)12
Praxis II Exam Passed
Total Semester Credit Hours29

All EDUC prefix courses listed above must be completed with a grade of "B" or better to progress through the program sequence.  Students must PASS the PRAXIS II exam in the content area prior to commencing the internship.  Also, ALL other coursework toward the degree must be successfully completed prior to the internship.  

General Electives

All college level courses appearing on your final transcript, not listed above that will bring your total semester hours to 120 hours. 1 semester hour. Must earn a "C" or better.

Select elective1
Total Semester Credit Hours1
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 105
105L
Attributes of Living Systems-GTSC1
and Attributes of Living Systems Laboratory-GTSC1
4
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
CHEM 121
121L
Principles of Chemistry-GTSC1
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory-GTSC1
5
MATH 113 College Algebra-GTMA1 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
BIOL 106
106L
Principles of Animal Biology
and Principles of Animal Biology Laboratory
4
ENGL 112 English Composition II-GTCO2 3
CHEM 122
122L
Principles of Organic Chemistry-GTSC1
and Principles of Organic Chemistry Laboratory-GTSC1
5
STAT 200 Probability and Statistics-GTMA1 3
EDUC 115 What It Means To Be An Educator 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 107
107L
Principles of Plant Biology
and Principles of Plant Biology Laboratory
4
PHYS 111
111L
General Physics-GTSC1
and General Physics Laboratory-GTSC1
5
PSYC 233 Human Growth and Development-GTSS3 3
ESSL 290 Maverick Milestone 3
ESSL 200 Essential Speech 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
Select one of the following: 4
Principles of Physical Geology-GTSC1
and Principles of Physical Geology Laboratory-GTSC1
 
Field-Based Introduction to Physical Geology-GTSC1
and Field-Based Introduction to Physical Geology Laboratory-GTSC1
 
PHYS 112
112L
General Physics-GTSC1
and General Physics Laboratory-GTSC1
5
ENVS 101
Introduction to Environmental Science-GTSC2
or Weather and Climate-GTSC2
or Oceanography-GT-SC2
or Geology of Colorado-GTSC2
or Elementary Astronomy-GTSC2
3
EDUC 215 Teaching as a Profession 1
KINA Activity 1
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall Semester
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
GEOL 112
112L
Principles of Historical Geology-GTSC1
and Principles of Historical Geology Laboratory-GTSC1
4
Upper Division Biology Elective 4
Essential Learning - Humanities 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring Semester
EDUC 342 Pedagogy and Assessment: Secondary and K-12 3
EDUC 343 Teaching to Diversity 3
BIOL 385 Nature and Philosophy of Science 3
Upper Division Biology Elective 4
Essential Learning - History 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
BIOL 483 Senior Thesis 2
Elective 1
Essential Learning - Fine Arts 3
EDUC 442 Integrating Literacy Across the Curriculum: Secondary and K-12 Art 3
EDUC 475 Classroom Management for K-12 Educators 1
EDUC 497 Content Methodology Practicum 3
EDUC 497D Methods of Teaching Secondary Science 2
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
EDUC 499G Teaching Internship and Colloquia: Secondary 12
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at http://www.coloradomesa.edu/registrar/graduation.html.

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.