Biology: Biology Teacher Education, BSLAS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences Major in Biology: Biology Teaching, BSLAS

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Departmental Distinction: To graduate with distinction, the student must have at least a 3.5 grade point average for all work completed, and present evidence of exemplary student teaching.

Time to degree completion varies. Minimum time to completion is 8 semesters, but some students may require 10 semesters. Transfer students may need 10 total semesters combined to complete the program. Please see the LAS section in the transfer handbook for more information. 

To remain in good standing in this program and be recommended for certification, candidates are required to maintain UIUC, cumulative, content area, and professional education grade-point averages of 2.5 (A= 4.0). Candidates should consult their advisor or the Council on Teacher Education for the list of courses used to compute these grade-point averages.


Students in this major must complete the Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching (39 hours).

Minimum required courses: normally equate to 79-82 hours in the major and 39 hours for the Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching. Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement. 

Foundation Courses
The following courses must be completed or in progress when students apply to the Secondary Education minor.
MATH 220Calculus (Biocalculus section recommended)4-5
or MATH 221 Calculus I
CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
CHEM 104General Chemistry II3
CHEM 105General Chemistry Lab II1
CHEM 232Elementary Organic Chemistry I 13-4
CHEM 233Elementary Organic Chem Lab I 12
One required 200-level IB course selected from required courses below.
One required 200-level MCB course (and its lab course) selected from required courses below.
Additional Required Coursework
Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching Hours:39
IB 150Organismal & Evolutionary Biol4
MCB 150Molec & Cellular Basis of Life4
IB 202Physiology 24
IB 203Ecology4
IB 204Genetics4
IB 302Evolution4
MCB 250Molecular Genetics3
MCB 251Exp Techniqs in Molecular Biol2
MCB 252Cells, Tissues & Development3
MCB 253Exp Techniqs in Cellular Biol2
PHYS 101College Physics: Mech & Heat5
PHYS 102College Physics: E&M & Modern5
GEOL 107Physical Geology4
ASTR 100Introduction to Astronomy3
or ASTR 210 Introduction to Astrophysics
Select one of the following:3-4
Educational Statistics
Additional 300- and 400-level courses selected from IB and/or MCB in consultation with the advisor.8
Total hours required for graduation120

Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching

Requirements for the Teacher Education in Secondary School Teaching Minor

Professional Education Required Courses
EDUC 201Identity and Difference in Education 13
EDUC 202Social Justice, School & Society 13
CI 401Introductory Teaching in a Diverse Society3
CI 403Teaching a Diverse High School Student Population3
CI 404Teaching and Assessing Secondary School Students3
CI 473Disciplinary Literacy3
EPSY 201Educational Psychology 1, 23
EPSY 485Assessing Student Performance3
SPED 405General Educator's Role in Special Education3
EDPR 442Educational Practice in Secondary Education12
Total Hours39-40