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Secondary Education Biology and Biotechnology with a Teacher Licensure Concentration (B.S.)

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Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 130


Freshman - Credits: 31


BIO 102/102L - Principles of Biology I and Lab (Cr: 4)
Satisfies Science and Technology General Education Requirement
BIO 103/103L - Principles of Biology II and Lab (Cr: 4)
CHE 105/105L - General Chemistry I and Lab (Cr: 4)
CHE 106/106L - General Chemistry II and Lab (Cr: 4)
ED 010 - Communication/Literacy Lab (Cr: 0)
ENG 111 - Critical Reading and Writing I (Cr: 3)
Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
ENG 112 - Critical Reading and Writing II (Cr: 3)
Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
INT 100 - Internship I (Cr: 2)
MTH 126 - Applied Statistics (Cr: 3)
MTH 135 - Calculus I (Cr: 3)
Satisfies Quantitative Reasoning General Education Requirement

Sophomore - Credits: 35

  • Aesthetic Awareness and Creative Expression General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
  • Literary Perspectives General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
BIO 130/130L - Principles of Ecology and Lab (Cr: 4)
BIO 225 - Introduction to Biotechnology (Cr: 3)
CHE 207/207L - Organic Chemistry I and Lab (Cr: 4)
CHE 209/209L - Biochemistry and Lab (Cr: 4)
ED 125 - Approaches to Secondary Education (Cr: 3)
ED 203 - Introduction to Children with Special Needs (Cr: 3)
ED 240/240L - Literacy in the Content Areas and Field Experience (Cr: 3)
INT 200 - Internship II (Cr: 2)
PSY 200 - Child and Adolescent Psychology (Cr: 3)

Junior - Credits: 35

  • Global Issues General Education Requirement  (Cr: 3)
  • Values & Ethical Reasoning General Education Requirement  (Cr: 3)
  • World Cultures General Education Requirement  (Cr: 3)
BIO 201/201L - Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab (Cr: 4)
BIO 202/202L - Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab (Cr: 4)
BIO 311/311L - Genes and Genomes and Lab (Cr: 4)
BIO 320/320L - Cell and Molecular Biology and Lab (Cr: 4)
ED 030 - Subject Matter Lab (Cr: 0)
ED 321 - Junior Transitions (Cr: 1)
ED 330/330L - Sheltered English Immersion Teacher's Endorsement Course and Field Experience (Cr: 3)
ED 339 - Classroom Assessment (Cr: 3)
ED 380/380L - Methods in the Secondary Content Areas and Field Experience (Cr: 3)

Senior - Credits: 30

  • General Education Electives  (Cr: 12)
    (at least two must be above the 100 level)
BIO 489 - Senior Thesis I (Cr: 3)
BIO 490 - Senior Thesis II (Cr: 3)
ED 400 - Practicum and Seminar in Education (Cr: 12)

Teaching Practicum

Students pursuing secondary education complete a full-semester minimum 300-hour practicum in their licensure field during the senior year. They are placed in local Massachusetts schools and closely supervised by a licensed cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Weekly seminars bring all student teachers together with faculty who provide supervision and mentoring throughout the practicum.

Please visit the School of Education's Secondary Education Licensure page for more information.  

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the biology/biotechnology program, students will:

•  Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse within the major discipline.
•  Communicate effectively in written form within the conventions of the major discipline.
•  Design studies and conduct experiments in internship and laboratory settings that utilize appropriate and safe techniques
•  Apply quantitative reasoning to problems within the biology/biotechnology discipline.
•  Demonstrate familiarity with core concepts in the major discipline: evolution; structure-function relationships; information flow, exchange, and storage; pathways and transformations of energy and matter; interconnectedness of living systems.

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