Missouri State University

Office of the Registrar

Undergraduate Catalog

2014-15 preliminary edition, April 2014

Biology Education

Major(s)

Biology Education

Bachelor of Science in Education
(Certifiable grades 9-12)
  1. General Education Requirements - see General Education Program and Requirements section of catalog
    The following required courses can be used to meet both General Education and Major Requirements: BIO 121(4); MTH 135(3) or 181(3) or 138(5) or 261(5) or 287(3); GLG 110(4) or GRY 135(4) or GLG 171(3) or PHY 100(4) or PHY 123(4)
  2. Major Requirements
    1. Core (32 hours): BIO 121(4), 122(4), 215(2), 235(4), 310(5), 361(4), 369(4), 515(3); Select elective courses in biology, 300 level or higher, to total a minimum of 32 hours.
    2. Related Requirements (6-9 hours): SCI 505(3); MTH 135(3) and MTH 181(3), or MTH 138(5) or 261(5) or 287(3); Note: MTH 130 cannot be substituted for MTH 135. 
    3. Complete the requirements in one of the following grades 9-12 certification areas:
      1. Categorical Science (13-21 hours): CHM 116(4) and 117(1), or (CHM 160(4) and 161(1) and 170(3) and 171(1)); PHY 100(4) or PHY 123(4) and 124(4); GLG 110(4) or GRY 135(4) or GLG 171(3)
      2. Unified Science (25 hours): CHM 160(4), 170(3), 171(1); PHY 123(4), 124(4); GLG 110(4); GRY 135(4)
    4. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of SCI 214(1), 314(3), 414(3), 493(6), 494(6).
  3. Professional Education Courses (37 hours).  Note: A grade of “C” or better in each course is required for state certification.
    1. SCI 214(1), 314(3), 414(3), 493(6), 494(6)
    2. Professional Education Required Core and Competencies - see Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Program and Secondary Education Requirements section of catalog
  4. This program also requires compliance with the Teacher Education Program requirements for eligibility to enroll in Professional Education courses; admission to and continuance in the Teacher Education Program; approval for supervised teaching; and recommendation for certification; as well as the requirements for Secondary Education. Refer to the Teacher Education Program section of the catalog for requirements.
  5. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of catalog
  6. In order to meet Missouri state teacher certification requirements, candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Education degree are required to meet the following grade point average requirements: at least a 2.75 GPA on all course work attempted at all colleges attended; at least a 3.00 GPA in the certificate subject area (major field of study) which includes all courses listed under B; at least a 3.00 GPA in any additional certificate subject area; at least a 3.00 GPA in the professional education courses which includes all courses listed under C; and no grade lower than a "C" in all professional education courses. All GPA requirements include both Missouri State and transfer grades.  

Health Education Certification (certifiable grades 9-12, added endorsement only): Students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a major in Biology Education may receive Missouri state certification in Health Education grades 9-12 by completing the following courses: BMS 307(4) or KIN 250(3), BMS 308(4) or KIN 252(3), or equivalents; CFD 163(3); BMS 130(3) or 240(3); KIN 253(2), 256(2), 257(2), 358(3); PSY 101(3); SWK 330(3); plus additional hours of electives in health-related courses, in consultation with their advisor, to bring total to 30 hours. In order to meet Missouri state teacher certification requirements, student must have at least a 3.00 GPA in the certificate subject area which includes all courses listed above.

Accelerated Master of Natural and Applied Science

Eligible Missouri State undergraduate students in a major in the College of Natural and Applied Sciences may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Master of Natural and Applied Science program after admission requirements for the accelerated master's option have been satisfied. If accepted, a maximum of 12 credit hours from approved graduate-level courses may be counted toward both the graduate and undergraduate degrees (Mixed Credit). This option offers an opportunity for CNAS majors whose goals, academic capabilities, and career planning include graduate work, to complete the requirements for the master’s degree in less time than would otherwise be possible. Refer to the Graduate Catalog for more information.

For courses to be designated as Mixed Credit, the graduate advisor, undergraduate department head, and Graduate College dean must approve by signing the Permission for Mixed Credit form. This form must be provided to the Office of the Registrar in Carrington Hall 320 no later than the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the semester.

Accelerated master's degree in plant science

Eligible Missouri State undergraduate students majoring in Agriculture, Biology, and Chemistry may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Plant Science program after admission requirements for the accelerated master's option have been satisfied. If accepted, a maximum of 12 credit hours from approved graduate-level courses may be counted towards both the undergraduate and graduate degrees (Mixed Credit). The courses must be in the area of economic botany, plant physiology, plant genetics, crop management systems, plant nutrition, soils, chemistry, ecology, fruit production, viticulture, enology, or ornamental plants and landscaping.

This option is tailored to those undergraduates who have acquired considerable plant science-related research experience in a laboratory through the departments of Agriculture, Biology or Chemistry at Missouri State. Courses to be counted toward both degrees must be identified jointly in agreement with the undergraduate advisor, the student’s research mentor, and the Plant Science Program Director. This option will enable Agriculture, Biology, or Chemistry majors to potentially meet the requirements for the M.S. degree in Plant Science degree within two semesters following the completion of the undergraduate degree. Refer to the Graduate Catalog for more information.

For courses to be designated as Mixed Credit, the graduate advisor, undergraduate department head, and Graduate College dean must approve by signing the Permission for Mixed Credit form. This form must be provided to the Office of the Registrar in Carrington Hall 320 no later than the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the semester.