Undergraduate

Biology (8–12 Life Sciences)

The Bachelor of Arts in Biology (8–12) at St. Edward’s prepares you to lead students in exciting biological discoveries in the vast natural world. We emphasize hands-on learning through teaching experiences in secondary schools in Austin.

You'll achieve a solid foundation in the natural sciences, with a focus on biology and teaching methods. After completing a student teaching internship and the required certification exams, you'll be eligible to apply for your Grades 8–12 Life Science teacher certification in Texas. Once you're certified, you'll be well prepared to teach in secondary classrooms.

Bachelor of Arts in Biology (7–12 Life Sciences)

Overview:

As a BA in Biology major, you’ll explore different teaching models and develop effective methods that bring the sciences to life for students. You’ll learn to design lesson plans and lab projects, present subject material, and integrate technology into your teaching approach. You’ll gain skills in assessing student learning, managing classroom behavior and interacting with parents.

Students select this degree with the goal of teaching in secondary schools. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and teaching fieldwork — fully prepares you for your student teaching internship and certification exams.

With a BA in Biology, graduates may teach life sciences in secondary school classrooms after successfully completing the specified certification requirements. Advanced degrees are required for teaching positions at the college level.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).

I. FOUNDATION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Oral Communication
• Computational Skills
• Modern Language

II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues

III. MISSION COURSES (9 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Ethics*
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• General Chemistry, Lab
• History and Philosophy of Science

IV. CORE COURSES (33 CREDIT HOURS):
• General Biology: Cells, Genetics and Organ Systems, Lab
• General Biology: Organisms and Populations, Lab
• Anatomy and Physiology I
• Anatomy and Physiology II
• Molecular Biology
• Microbiology, Lab
• Population Biology and Ecology, Lab
• Evolution
• Upper division elective

V. SUPPORTING COURSES (26 CREDIT HOURS):
• General Chemistry, Lab
• Analytical Chemistry, Lab
• Calculus I, Lab
• Applied Statistics
• Mechanics and Waves, Lab
• Electricity, Magnetism and Optics, Lab
• History and Philosophy of Science

VI. REQUIRED MINOR IN TEACHER EDUCATION (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Foundations in Education
• Introduction to Special Education
• Learning Processes and Evaluation
• Educational Technology Integration
• Secondary Instructional Methods and Classroom Management
• Curriculum and Evaluation in the Secondary School
• Content Area Literacy
• Adolescent Psychology
• Literacy Assessment for Diverse Populations

VII. INTERNSHIP (6 CREDIT HOURS):
• Student Teaching in the Secondary Classroom

VIII. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

IX. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.

* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.

Opportunities

In addition to an internship that may be required for your degree, St. Edward’s University offers numerous opportunities for optional internships, professional-level research and hands-on creative experiences (writing, art, music, theater and more). These activities enhance your résumé, build your confidence and skills — and give you a distinct advantage in your career and for graduate school.

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