Biology, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Professional / Pre Master of Education (7-12) - Liberal Studies
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
- Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Respective program graduates should demonstrate synthetic, analytical, and interpretive skills.
- Knowledge/Content: Graduates should demonstrate that they are founded in the discipline at the molecular, cellular, organismal, population, community, and ecosystem levels and that they have a fundamental understanding of chemistry, physics, and mathematics.
- Practical Skills: Graduates will demonstrate proficiency in laboratory related skills.
- Communication Skills: Respective program graduates should demonstrate strong oral, digital, and written communication skills.
- Professional Attitude: Graduates demonstrate professional attitude, behavior, and ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
- Degree Program Writing Competency: Graduates will demonstrate proficiency in writing based on longitudinal data as opposed to point in time data.
Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher
Core GPA: 2.0 or higher
|Liberal Studies Requirements||45-46|
|Other Basic Requirements||0-3|
|Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements||12|
* 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.
Liberal Studies Requirements
See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices
|Goal Course Requirements|
|Complete Goal requirements as indicated below|
|ENGL 102||Critical Writing||3|
|ENGL 104||Critical Reading||3|
|COMM 200||Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice||3|
|Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships|
|Science, Technology & Math|
|Select 9-10 credits of the following:||9-10|
|General Chemistry I|
|General Chemistry I Lab|
|General Physics I with Lab|
|Challenges of the Modern Age|
|Enrichment Course Requirements|
|Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:||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
|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|
|Introduction to Computing and Programming|
|Technology for Wellness|
- 30 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
- 28 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 104||Principles of Biology with Lab 1,2||4|
|BIOL 201||General Botany with Lab 1,2||4|
|BIOL 212||General Zoology with Lab 1,2||4|
|BIOL 250||Genetics with Lab 1,2||4|
|Required Upper-Level Biology|
|BIOL 492||Biology Seminar 1||1|
|Upper-Level Biology Electives|
|Select five courses of the following:||15|
|Biometry with Lab 1|
|Cell Biology/Lab 1|
|Vertebrate Anatomy with Lab 1|
|Molecular Biology with Lab 1|
|Ecology with Lab 1|
|Animal Physiology with Lab 1|
|Plant Physiology/Lab 1|
|Additional Upper-Level Biology Electives|
|Select 6 credits which can come from courses not chosen above, or any 300/400 level course listed below. 3||6|
|Independent Study Options|
|Select one of the following options:||3|
Select 3 credits in BIOL or MARS course from Additional Upper-Level Biology Electives
|Required of all Biology students before graduation|
|Related Sciences – Chemistry|
|CHEM 108||General Chemistry II 4||3|
|CHEM 112||General Chemistry II Lab 4||1|
|CHEM 201||Organic Chemistry I 4||3|
|CHEM 202||Organic Chemistry II 4||3|
|CHEM 211||Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 4||1|
|CHEM 212||Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 4||1|
|Related Sciences – Chemistry Advanced Elective|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Physical Chemistry 1 4|
|Biochemistry I 4|
|Related Sciences – Physics|
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
|General Physics III/ Lab 4|
Any 300/400 level BIOL elective 5
Course counts for 50% of Major requirements and Major GPA
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.
Course counts for 50% of Major requirements but not for Major GPA
Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.
Recommended Courses Biology Pre-Masters in Education Majors
Listed below are the recommended courses for Biology Pre-Masters in Education majors. You will need to take these courses prior to obtaining your M. Ed.
|SPED 121||Overview of Special Education||3|
|One EGEO with Lab||4|
|Two Math courses (one must be Calculus)||6-8|
|Take the following as part of your Upper-Class Biology Electives:|
|BIOL 370||Molecular Biology with Lab||3|
|BIOL 401||Ecology with Lab||3|
|BIOL 410||Animal Physiology with Lab||3|
Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements
|CHEM 107||General Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 111||General Chemistry I Lab||1|
|MATH 225||Calculus I||4|
|PHYS 211||General Physics I with Lab||4|
|BIOL 301||Forest Ecology 1||3|
|BIOL 302||Ecology of Amphibians & Reptiles/Lab 1||3|
|BIOL 303||Behavioral Ecology/Lab 1||3|
|BIOL 305||Wetlands and Aquatic Plants/Lab 1||3|
|BIOL 306||Freshwater Biomonitoring/Lab 1||3|
|BIOL 307||Vertebrate Ecology/Lab 1||3|
|BIOL 308||Aquatic Ecosystem Management / Lab 1||3|
|BIOL 310||Plant Systematics with Lab 1||3|
|BIOL 311||Entomology/Lab 1||3|
|BIOL 313||Herpetology/Lab 1||3|
|BIOL 314||Medical Parasitology with Lab 1||1|
|BIOL 315||Medical Mycology/Lab 1||1|
|BIOL 316||Medical Immunology with Lab 1||1|
|BIOL 317||Ecology and Fungi 1||3|
|BIOL 319||Medical Virology with a Lab||1|
|BIOL 320||Ornithology/Lab 1||3|
|BIOL 321||Wildlife Management/Lab 1||3|
|BIOL 322||Conservation Biology/Lab 1||3|
|BIOL 323||Stream Ecology/Lab 1||3|
|BIOL 326||Field Methods in Biogeography/Lab 1||3|
|BIOL 327||Limnology/Lab 1||3|
|BIOL 331||Mammology/Lab 1||3|
|BIOL 343||Embryology with Lab 1||3|
|BIOL 345||Introduction to Biological Electron Microscopy 1||2|
|BIOL 350||Evolution 1||3|
|BIOL 356||Field Ecology / Lab 1||3|
|BIOL 357||Environmental Microbiology with Lab 1||4|
|BIOL 360||Field Botany 1||3|
|BIOL 361||Flora of Western Pennsylvania 1||3|
|BIOL 371||Vertebrate Field Zoology 1||3|
|BIOL 373||Ichthyology/Lab 1||3|
|BIOL 375||Ecology of Fish / Lab 1||3|
|BIOL 400||Disease Ecology 1||3|
|BIOL 402||Biogeography/Lab 1||3|
|BIOL 405||Animal Physiological Ecology with Lab 1||4|
|BIOL 412||Population Biology 1||3|
|BIOL 430||Pathogenic Microbiology with Lab 1||3|
|BIOL 450||Biology Internship 1||3|
|BIOL 465||Plant Anatomy with Lab 1||3|
|BIOL 470||Histology with Lab 1||3|
|BIOL 498||Selected Topics 1||3|
|MARS 221||Marine Invertebrates 1||3|
|MARS 241||Marine Biology 1||3|
|MARS 250||Wetland Ecology||3|
|MARS 260||Marine Ecology||3|
|MARS 270||Coastal Vegetation||3|
|MARS 298||Selected Topics||1-3|
|MARS 300||Behavior of Marine Organisms 1||3|
|MARS 310||The Mammals of Coastal Ecosystems 1||3|
|MARS 320||Marine Microbiology 1||3|
|MARS 330||Tropical Invertebrates||3|
|MARS 342||Marine Botany 1||3|
|MARS 343||Marine Ichthyology 1||3|
|MARS 344||Anatomy of Marine Chordates 1||3|
|MARS 345||Ornithology 1||3|
|MARS 350||Physiology of Marine Invertebrates 1||3|
|MARS 398||Selected Topics 1||3|
|MARS 420||Marine Micropaleontology 1||3|
|MARS 431||Ecology of Marine Plankton 1||3|
|MARS 441||Biology of Molluscs 1||3|
|MARS 490||Independent Study 1||3|
|MARS 491||Coral Reef Ecology 1||3|
|MARS 492||Marine Mammals 1||3|
|MARS 498||Selected Topics 1||3|
|MARS 500||Problems in Marine Science 1||3|
Course counts for 50% of Major requirements and Major GPA
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 - BS (6108)
Concentration in Professional (PRFL)
w/optional Pre Masters in Education (PX)