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Biology Education

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): Education and Human Services

Why Choose Biology Education?

Biology teachers combine strong quantitative skills with keen observational skills to explore the living world at scales ranging from molecular and cellular to community and global. The technological revolution has added an infectious new excitement to the lessons of biology. Biology education today provides access to new knowledge, helping people understand how things happen in the natural and physical environment. 


 The employment outlook for biology education students is excellent. Graduates of Biology Education are highly sought after for High School biology, Middle School science, as well as education programs at zoos, aquaria, nature centers, botanical gardens, and environmental camps. This program partners well with Chemistry Education and Mathematics Education for teachers in the most demand across the nation. Ferris has a strong program centered around the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification in Biology, emphasizing the ecology, genetics and evolution, organismal biology, cellular function, and scientific inquiry. 

Graduates are prepared to teach in high schools and also have the necessary basic preparation to enter a career in industry or pursue an advanced degree in science. One semester of directed teaching at the secondary level is required. A teaching minor is also required.

Career Opportunities

Biology education is a four-year curriculum that may be selected as a major. A teaching minor also is required. You cannot have a biology teaching minor with this teaching major. Successful completion of the program leads to recommendation for a Michigan secondary provisional certificate. The program is designed to take full advantage of the unusual, hands-on Ferris instructional capabilities in developing both teaching and subject matter competency. Students receive the broad background in classroom, laboratory and field training essential to be effective teachers.

Admission Requirements

High school students and transfer students with 29 credit hours or less must possess a high school grade point average of 2.25 (on a 4.0 scale) or an ACT composite score of 15. Transfer students with 30 credit hours or more must possess a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Students transferring into the program with completed majors or minors must have the appropriate GPA as established by each department. Consult individual program description for other admission requirements.

Teacher Certification Requirements

As required by the State of Michigan to receive teacher certification, all teacher candidates must: (1) pass the Michigan Professional Readiness Exam, (2) pass the pedagogy tests in their subject area majors and minors, and (3) have a 2.50 minimum GPA to receive teacher certification in Michigan. These state requirements are in addition to the FSU graduation requirements of your individual program.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-bachelor.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

Graduation Requirements

The biology education program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree through the School of Education, College of Education & Human Services. Graduates must complete all of FSU's general education, biology, and education requirements. Professional education requirements include a semester of directed student teaching. Consult individual program description for other graduation requirements.

A 2.50 GPA is required for succesful completion of the Biology major.

More Information

College of Education & Human Services
School of Education
Bishop Hall Room 421
Ferris State University
1349 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2737
Telephone: (231) 591-5361

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Biology Education Major - 49 Credit Hours

General Biology 1
4
General Biology 2
4
Human Anatomy-Physiology
5
Microbial Ecology
3
Zoology
4
Evolution
3
Plants and Fungi
4
Principles of Genetics
3
Plant Physiology
4
Science Laboratory
3
Choose one:
Ecological Assessment
3
or
Ecology
3
Supporting Sciences (Must Complete through Organic Chemistry course)
General Chemistry 1
5
Fund of Organic Chemistry
4

Professional Sequence - 37 Required Credits

NOTE: STUDENTS MUST OBTAIN THE APPROPRIATE GPA FOR THEIR MAJOR/MINOR AS ESTABLISHED BY EACH DEPARTMENT. A 2.75 GPA IS REQUIRED IN THE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COURSE SEQUENCE. A 2.50 CUMULATIVE GPA IS ALSO REQUIRED BEFORE STUDENT TEACHING. 

Professional Education Sequence - Level I

Intro to the Professn of Teach
1
Life Span Human Growth - Devel
3
Principles Teaching - Learning
3

Professional Education Sequence - Level II

Note: Prior to enrolling in Level II courses, all students must take the Professional Readiness Exam at least once.  Complete all Level I courses with a minimum of 2.5 GPA with no grade lower than a C, have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and complete a Level II application. Students may not repeat any education course more than once. You may not have more than two reapeats in Level I courses. 

School and Work and Society
3
Secondary General Methods I
4
Teaching Special Needs
3
NOTE: Prior to entering the 80 hours pre-student teaching all three sections of the Professional Readiness Exam must be passed. Students my not repeat any education courses more than once. 
Secondary General Methods II
5
Tchg Reading-Secondary Areas
3

Professional Education Sequence - Level III

Note: Prior to enrolling in Level III courses, all students must pass the Michigan test for teacher certification in their subject area. Students may not repeat any education course more than once. 

Student Teaching
12

NOTE: Though faculty advisors are responsible for advising students regarding degree requirements, it is the student who is ultimately responsible for choosing the correct courses and for following the correct program. No Grade Lower than a C.

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