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Biology

Biology Teaching

The Department of Biological Sciences provides CWU students with coursework, advising, and support that satisfies the criteria for an endorsement in Biology. The Department offers both a Bachelor of Science, Biology Teaching major and a certification-only option for students that have a bachelor's degree and wish to receive an endorsement to teach biology.

Coursework offered by the Department of Biological Sciences in the teaching major and certification-only programs helps to prepare pre-service teachers to meet the demands of science teaching in K-12 schools. Strengths of the Biology Teaching program include rigorous content, hands-on laboratory, science methods coursework, undergraduate research, and science teaching field experiences that enable students to be effective teachers of biology. Students enrolled in this major are also required to complete the Teacher Education Sequence offered through the Education Foundations and Curriculum (EF&C) Department at CWU.

Required Courses (beginning Fall 2008)Credits
BIOL 181, 182, 183: General Biology I, II, and III15
BIOL 213: Quantitative Biology4
BIOL 321: Genetics5
BIOL 322: Introductory Microbiology OR 
BIOL 323: Microbiology
5
BIOL 360: General Ecology5
BIOL 355 and; 356: Human Anatomy and; Physiology (5,5) OR 
BIOL 441; Plant Physiology (5) OR 
BIOL 455: Zoophysiology (5)
5-10
BIOL 427: Biotechnology for Teachers5
BIOL 470: Mechanisms of Evolution3
BIOL 492: Laboratory Experience in Teaching Biology2
CHEM 181, 181Lab, 182, 182Lab, 183, 183Lab: General Chemistry (15 credits) AND 
CHEM 361, 361Lab, 362: Organic Chemistry (8 credits)
23
SCED 401: Interdisciplinary Secondary Science Inquiry5
SCED 324: Science Education in Secondary Schools I3
SCED 325: Science Education in Secondary Schools I3
SCED 487: End of Program Seminar2
Credits85-90
Students must also complete the Professional Education Program (PEP) course sequence (Not all PEP courses are required for BioTeach Majors)44
Total:129-134

Curriculum requirements from catalogs used before Fall 2008

In addition to the courses below, students must also complete the Professional Teacher Preparation Program.

Required CourseCredits
BIOL 110: Basic Biology5
BIOL 111: Plant Biology5
BIOL 112: Animal Biology5
BIOL 220: Introductory Cellular Biology5
BIOL 321: Genetics5
BIOL 322: Introductory Microbiology OR 
BIOL 323: Microbiology
5
BIOL 360: General Ecology5
BIOL 300: Introduction to Evolution (5) OR 
BIOL 470: Mechanisms of Evolution (3)
3-5
BIOL 441: Plant Physiology (5) OR 
BIOL 355 & 356: Human Anatomy & Physiology (5,5) OR 
BIOL 455: Zoophysiology (5)
5-10
BIOL 427: Biotechnology for Teachers5
BIOL 492: Laboratory Experience in Teaching Biological Sciences2
BIOL 499S Senior Seminar OR 
BIOL497 Honors Thesis
1
SCED 324: Science Education in Secondary Schools4
SCED 495: Science Education Research1
CHEM 111, 111LAB, 112, 112LAB, 113, 113LAB: Introduction to Chemistry and LaboratoryOR 

CHEM 181, 181LAB, 182, 182LAB, 183, 183LAB General Chemistry and Laboratory AND 
CHEM 361, 361LAB, 362: Organic Chemistry and Laboratory
15-23
Subtotal:71-91
Electives satisfied by Professional Education Program9-29
Total:100