Undergraduate Course Catalog 2011-2012

General Information

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Total Credit Hours: 128
Major Credit Hours: 71

The Department of Biology features a fully approved Biology program that prepares candidates to teach grades 6-12 in Illinois public and private schools. The program is approved by the State Teacher Certification Board, in conjunction with the Illinois State Board of Education, and includes all the requirements for a major in Biology.  Biology majors in this specialization must declare a major in Secondary Education.  See advisors in the Department of Biology and College of Education for specific approval and a list of required courses. 

Teacher Candidates seeking a Type 09 Teaching Certificate in Science with a designation in Biology must complete the following coursework in the content area as well as professional education courses.  For a detailed description of the courses please click on the appropriate link. Only grades of "C" and above are acceptable in professional education courses and any courses counted toward any endorsement or certificate. A "C-" or lower grade will require that the course be repeated.

A grade of "C" or better must be earned in a prerequisite course in order to advance to the next course in the sequence.

Biology majors may take a Biology class only two times. If a student has not achieved a minimum of a "C" after the second attempt, the student may not repeat the class.

The Biology Department will award 3 hours of credit for our general education class 02-100 (Introduction to Biology) when students have received a score of 4 or 5 on AP tests. We do not award any credit for major classes based on AP scores.

I. Core Courses in Biology Major for Teacher Certification (71)
A. Required Courses in Biology (35)
02-110 General Biology I (4)
02-111 General Biology I Lab (1)
02-115 General Biology II (4)
02-116 General Biology II Lab (1)
02-144 Fundamentals of Earth Science (1)
02-220 Genetics (4)
02-221 Genetics Lab (1)
02-224 General Microbiology (4)
02-226 General Microbiology Lab (1)
02-315 General Ecology (3)
02-316 General Ecology Lab (1)
02-355 Biochemistry I- Molecular Biochemistry with Clinical Correlates (3)
02-356 Biochemistry I Lab (1)
02-406 Molecular Cell Biology (4)
02-480 Department Pillars Portfolio (0)
02-496 Biology Senior Thesis (2)
B. Other Requirements (35)
03-110 General Chemistry I (4)
03-111 General Chemistry I Lab (1)
03-115 General Chemistry II (4)
03-116 General Chemistry II Lab (1)
03-220 Organic Chemistry I (4)
03-221 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1)
03-225 Organic Chemistry II (4)
03-226 Organic Chemistry II Lab (1)
13-200 Calculus I (4)
13-211 Calculus for the Life Sciences (4)
17-140 Fundamentals of Space Science (1)
17-200 College Physics I (4)
17-201 College Physics I Lab (1)
17-205 College Physics II (4)
17-206 College Physics II Lab (1)

C. Select one of the following: (1)
02-380 Biochemistry Journal Club (1)
02-381 Physiology Journal Club (1)
02-382 Microbiology Journal Club (1)
02-383 Ecology Journal Club (1)
02-384 Genetics Journal Club (1)
D. The advanced writing requirement is satisfied by successful completion of writing components in General Biology Labs I and II (02-111 and 02-116), General Microbiology Lab (02-226) and Biology Senior Thesis (02-496).

II. Please see Secondary Education / Bachelor of Arts for required Education courses.