Biology Teaching

For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences

See interschool concentrations in Biology, major in Integrative Biology, and major in Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Completion of this concentration fulfills state certification requirements to teach both biology and general science. In order 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.

E-mail: advising@life.uiuc.edu

Minimum required courses normally equate to 79-81 hours

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement. In addition, one course must be selected from CMN 101 or CMN 113.

Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

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.

Prerequisites to transfer to the Teaching Concentration

EPSY 201Educational Psychology3
EPS 201Foundations of Education3
or EPS 202 Foundations of Education-ACP
MATH 220Calculus5
or MATH 221 Calculus I
Select one of the following sequences:
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Lab I
and General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Lab II
Accelerated Chemistry I
and Accelerated Chemistry Lab I
and Accelerated Chemistry II
and Accelerated Chemistry Lab II
CHEM 232Elementary Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 233Elementary Organic Chem Lab I2
IB 150Organismal & Evolutionary Biol4
MCB 150Molec & Cellular Basis of Life4
At least one required 200-level IB course and at least one required 200-level MCB course

In addition, the student is required to take the Illinois Certification Testing System test of Basic Skills by the December before applying to the Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching. A passing grade on this test is required before admission to the Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching.

Requirements

In addition to the requirements for the concentration listed below, students must complete the Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching (37 - 38 hours). See the College of Education section for requirements of the minor. Conferral of the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences prior to completion of the minor requires approval by petition to the LAS Student Affairs Office. Ordinarily, all students will require ten semesters to complete this program.

MATH 220Calculus4-5
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 I2
IB 150Organismal & Evolutionary Biol4
MCB 150Molec & Cellular Basis of Life4
IB 202Anatomy and Physiology 24
IB 203Ecology4
IB 204Genetics4
IB 302Evolution 24
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
Statistics
Additional 300- and 400-level courses selected from IB and/or MCB in consultation with the advisor.8
1

Students should speak with an advisor to help choose the appropriate section of CHEM 232.

2

IB 202 and IB 302 requires animal dissection and no equivalent alternative is available.