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Biology Teaching Major, B.S.

Additional Links & Information: Biology Matrix . Approval Form . Minor . CWU Catalog Description

This major satisfies the criteria for an endorsement in biology and qualifies students to teach biology at the high school, middle school or junior high levels. Students should consider working toward endorsement in a second area such as chemistry, earth science, physics, general science or mathematics. Students taking this major are required to complete the professional education program requirements offered through the education department. Students completing this program are required to demonstrate knowledge, skill and disposition through a program portfolio prior to student teaching. Students must pass the WEST-E exam for biology to receive a biology endorsement.

Required Courses


  • BIOL 181 - General Biology I Credits: (5)
  • BIOL 182 - General Biology II Credits: (5)
  • BIOL 183 - General Biology III Credits: (5)
  • BIOL 213 - Quantitative Methods in Biology Credits: (4)
  • BIOL 321 - Genetics Credits: (5)
  • BIOL 322 - Introductory Microbiology Credits: (5)
  • OR
  • BIOL 323 - Microbiology Credits: (5)
  • BIOL 360 - General Ecology Credits: (5)
  • BIOL 427 - Biotechnology for Teachers Credits: (5)
  • BIOL 470 - Mechanisms of Evolution Credits: (3)
  • BIOL 492 - Laboratory Experience in Teaching Biological Sciences Credits: (2)
  • BIOL 499S. - Senior Seminar Credits: (1)
  • SCED 324 - Science Education in Secondary Schools Credits: (4)
  • SCED 487 - Teaching Secondary Science Seminar Credits: (2)
  • SCED 495 - Science Education Research Credits: (1-3)

Select Either Credits 5-10


  • BIOL 355 - Human Anatomy and Physiology Credits: (5)
  • And
  • BIOL 356 - Human Anatomy and Physiology Credits: (5)
  • OR
  • BIOL 441 - Plant Physiology Credits: (5)
  • OR
  • BIOL 455 - Zoophysiology Credits: (5)

Chemistry Requirements Credits: 23


  • CHEM 181 - General Chemistry I Credits: (4)
  • CHEM 181 LAB - General Chemistry Laboratory I Credits: (1)
  • CHEM 182 - General Chemistry II Credits: (4)
  • CHEM 182 LAB - General Chemistry Laboratory II Credits: (1)
  • CHEM 183 - General Chemistry III Credits: (4)
  • CHEM 183 LAB - General Chemistry Laboratory III Credits: (1)
  • CHEM 361 - Organic Chemistry I Credits: (3)
  • CHEM 361 LAB - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I Credits: (2)
  • CHEM 362 - Organic Chemistry II Credits: (3)

Total Credits: 79-86



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