Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Slippery Rock University

Biology, Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Pre-Master of Education (7-12)

Students seeking state certification in secondary education must also complete requirements for a Master of Education degree, a one-year program at SRU.  All of our programs are designed to steadily develop the quantitative, deductive and inductive reasoning skills that biologists must have.  

All candidates completing this program and student teaching are eligible to receive Pennsylvania certification after achieving a passing or qualifying score on Pennsylvania Department of Education required exam(s). If you are interested in teaching in another state, please contact the Department of Education in that state.

Requirements for the Certification

Teacher certification is earned through the master of education degree at Slippery Rock University. Students seeking secondary school teaching certification in biology must earn a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree in biology and contact the Department of Secondary Education/Foundations of Education concerning its graduate program in education. Information about this program, including prerequisites for admission, may be obtained from the Secondary Education/Foundations of Education office in 114 McKay Education Building.

Program Learning Outcomes

 
  • Competence in Laboratory and Research Skills: To conduct, assess, and communicate research investigations using established scientific practices.
  • Core Concepts for Biological Literacy:
    • Knowledge/Content:
      • Evolution
      • Structure and function across all levels of biological organization
      • Diversity and interactions of life
      • Information flow, exchange and storage in biological systems
    • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving:
      • Connect information from cognate science courses and liberal arts courses to biological concepts
      • Apply scientific information to current and future societal problems
  • Participation in Diverse, Enriching Scientific Activities:   Apply technical and professional skills in hands-on laboratory, clinical or field experiences. 
  • Professional Attitude: Graduates demonstrate professional attitude, behavior, and ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. 
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Related Links

Biology - Pre-Masters of Education, BA Program Page

Biology Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher
Core GPA: 2.0 or higher

Summary*

Rock Studies 2 Requirements45
Modern Language Requirement0-9
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements39
Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements12
Electives35

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 125Precalculus4
or MATH 225 Calculus I
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Subtotal16
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
CHEM 107General Chemistry I3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab1
Physical Sciences Inquiry
PHYS 201Elements of Physics I with Lab4
or PHYS 211 General Physics I with Lab
Subtotal17
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours45

BA Modern Language Requirement

BA degree requires language proficiency at the 103 class level. Exemption by placement or examination is possible.

Complete 0-9 credits0-9
Total Hours0-9

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

DIVERSITY,  EQUITY,  AND INCLUSION REQUIREMENT

Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

Major/Concentration Requirements 

  • 20 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 20 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
  • Students desiring a Biology Major must maintain at least a 2.000 average in Biology.
  • Before progressing to a 200-level course, students must achieve a 2.000 average in Principles of Biology - BIOL 104.
  • Students may register in 200-level courses in any order, but must maintain a Biology average of 2.000 or better and must complete the 200 core sequence before progressing to 300 and 400-level courses in the major.
  • A student must repeat any 200-level course that brings the Biology average below a 2.000.
  • Students should complete all 200-level Biology requirements by the end of their sophomore year.
  • If you have questions about Financial Aid, visit their website.
  • To view the SRU policy on senior undergraduate students earning graduate credit, click here.
Biology Core Requirements
BIOL 113Biology I: Foundations of Ecology, Evolution and Diversity with Lab4
BIOL 114Biology II: Foundations of Molecules, Genes and Cells with Lab4
BIOL 250Genetics with Lab 1,34
BIOL 325Biometry with Lab3
Subtotal15
Required Upper-Level Biology
BIOL 492Biology Seminar 11
Subtotal1
Upper Level Biology Electives
Select nine credits of the following:9
Microbiology/Lab 1
Vertebrate Anatomy with Lab 1
Plant Anatomy with Lab
Molecular Biology with Lab 1
Ecology with Lab 1
Animal Physiology with Lab 1
Plant Physiology/Lab
Subtotal9
Additional Upper-Level Biology Electives
Select 6 credits from courses not chosen above, or any 300/400 level course listed below. Additional electives may be selected from the Marine Science offerings listed below. PLE courses are only offered during the summer months through our affiliation with Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology. 6
Subtotal6
Related Sciences – Chemistry
CHEM 108General Chemistry II 23
CHEM 112General Chemistry II Lab 21
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I 23
CHEM 211Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 21
Subtotal8
Required Major Field Test before Graduation
Field Test
Total Hours39

Recommended Courses for Biology Pre-Masters in Education Courses

Listed below are the recommended courses for Biology Pre-Masters of Education majors. You will need to take these courses prior to obtaining your M. Ed.

SEFE 338Standards-Based Instruction & Assessment in the Inclusionary Classroom3
SPED 121Overview of Special Education3
One EGEO with Lab3
Two Math courses (one must be Calculus)6
Must take the following as part of your upper class Biology Electives:
Molecular Biology with Lab
Ecology with Lab
Animal Physiology with Lab

Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements

CHEM 107General Chemistry I3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab1
MATH 125Precalculus4
or MATH 225 Calculus I
PHYS 201Elements of Physics I with Lab4
or PHYS 211 General Physics I with Lab
Total Hours12

Electives

Recommended by the Biology Department
CHEM 202Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 212Organic Chemistry Laboratory II1

Additional Upper-Level Biology Electives

BIOL 301Forest Ecology 13
BIOL 302Ecology of Amphibians & Reptiles/Lab 13
BIOL 303Behavioral Ecology/Lab 13
BIOL 305Wetlands and Aquatic Plants/Lab 13
BIOL 306Freshwater Biomonitoring/Lab 13
BIOL 307Vertebrate Ecology/Lab 13
BIOL 308Aquatic Ecosystem Management / Lab 13
BIOL 310Plant Systematics with Lab 13
BIOL 311Entomology/Lab 13
BIOL 313Herpetology/Lab 13
BIOL 314Medical Parasitology with Lab 11
BIOL 315Medical Mycology/Lab 11
BIOL 316Medical Immunology with Lab 11
BIOL 317Ecology and Fungi 13
BIOL 319Medical Virology with a Lab 11
BIOL 320Ornithology/Lab 13
BIOL 321Wildlife Management/Lab 13
BIOL 322Conservation Biology/Lab 13
BIOL 323Stream Ecology/Lab 13
BIOL 325Biometry with Lab 13
BIOL 326Field Methods in Biogeography/Lab 13
BIOL 327Limnology/Lab 13
BIOL 330Microbiology/Lab 13
BIOL 331Mammology/Lab 13
BIOL 343Embryology with Lab 13
BIOL 345Introduction to Biological Electron Microscopy 12
BIOL 350Evolution 13
BIOL 356Field Ecology / Lab 13
BIOL 357Environmental Microbiology with Lab 14
BIOL 360Field Botany 13
BIOL 361Flora of Western Pennsylvania 13
BIOL 370Molecular Biology with Lab 13
BIOL 371Vertebrate Field Zoology 13
BIOL 373Ichthyology/Lab 13
BIOL 375Ecology of Fish / Lab 13
BIOL 400Disease Ecology 13
BIOL 401Ecology with Lab 13
BIOL 402Biogeography/Lab 13
BIOL 405Animal Physiological Ecology with Lab 14
BIOL 410Animal Physiology with Lab 13
BIOL 412Population Biology 13
BIOL 430Pathogenic Microbiology with Lab 13
BIOL 450Biology Internship 13
BIOL 451Plant Physiology/Lab 13
BIOL 465Plant Anatomy with Lab 13
BIOL 470Histology with Lab 13
BIOL 498Selected Topics 13
MARS 221Marine Invertebrates 13
MARS 241Marine Biology 13
MARS 250Wetland Ecology 13
MARS 260Marine Ecology 13
MARS 270Coastal Vegetation 13
MARS 298Selected Topics 13
MARS 300Behavior of Marine Organisms 13
MARS 310The Mammals of Coastal Ecosystems 13
MARS 320Marine Microbiology 13
MARS 330Tropical Invertebrates 13
MARS 342Marine Botany 13
MARS 343Marine Ichthyology 13
MARS 344Anatomy of Marine Chordates 13
MARS 345Ornithology 13
MARS 350Physiology of Marine Invertebrates 13
MARS 398Selected Topics 13
MARS 420Marine Micropaleontology 13
MARS 431Ecology of Marine Plankton 13
MARS 458Exploration Methods in Marine Geology 13
MARS 490Independent Study 13
MARS 491Coral Reef Ecology 13
MARS 492Marine Mammals 13
MARS 498Selected Topics 13
MARS 500Problems in Marine Science 13

Co-Curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. Student-faculty research
  2. Internships
  3. Volunteering
  4. Job Shadowing

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

BIOLOGY - BA (6 08)
w/ optional Pre Masters in Education (7-12) (PX)
This program is effective as of Summer 2022
Revised 07.08.2022
UCC 02.01.2022 

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallHours
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
BIOL 113 Biology I: Foundations of Ecology, Evolution and Diversity with Lab 4
CHEM 107 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I Lab 1
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 1 3
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
 Hours15
Spring
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
CHEM 108 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II Lab 1
BIOL 114 Biology II: Foundations of Molecules, Genes and Cells with Lab 4
Language 101 3
 Hours14
Second Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
BIOL 250 Genetics with Lab 4
CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1
Language 102 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 2  
 Hours14
Spring
Language 103 3
BIOL 325 Biometry with Lab 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
MATH 125
Precalculus
or Calculus I
4
 Hours13
Third Year
Fall
Humanities Inquiry 3
Social Science Inquiry 3
BIOL 370 Molecular Biology with Lab 3 3
SPED 121 Overview of Special Education 3
PHYS 201
Elements of Physics I with Lab
or General Physics I with Lab
4
 Hours16
Spring
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
EGEO/Lab (Recommended Elective) 3
BIOL 300+ Upper Level BIOL Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
BIOL 401 Ecology with Lab 3
BIOL 410 Animal Physiology with Lab 3 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 2
2nd Math Course 3
 Hours17
Spring
SEFE 338 Standards-Based Instruction & Assessment in the Inclusionary Classroom 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
BIOL 300+Upper Level BIOL Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
BIOL 492 Biology Seminar 1
 Hours16
 Total Hours**120

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major Code: 6 08
Concentration Code: PX
Revised date: 04.21.22