Life Sciences Education

Life Sciences Education

Associate Professor: Joan Swanson, John Villemaire 
Assistant Professor: Dale Boyle, Elizabeth Lapon 

Certification in Life Sciences Education is for grades 7-12. In addition to completing the General and Liberal Education Core requirements, students in this program complete a major in either Biology or Environmental Science designed for certification candidates, and complete the required education courses listed below. Students in this certification program may have requirements that non-certification students do not have. Program completion could require overloads, summer school, or a fifth year because of the total number of credits.

In addition to the required education courses listed below, students must meet with both the education advisor and their science major advisor to select courses. This dual advising system is critical to ensuring that they are meeting all of the relevant content certification standards within the content major.


Required Education Courses for Life Science Education 
ED105 Educational Psychology
ED112 Teaching and Learning in a Democratic Society  
ED224 Design and Management of the Learning Environment 30 hours 
ED308 Introduction to Assessment
ED312   Understanding and Teaching Exceptional Learners 15 hours
ED314 Scientific Inquiry and Teaching Methods 15 hours 
ED350 Teaching Literacy across the Curriculum 15 hours 
ED360 Best Practices in a Secondary Context 30 hours

Total field hours prior to student teaching 105 hours
ED487 Secondary Student Teaching Seminar 
ED492 Student Teaching 16 weeks

Specific Testing for Certification 
• Basic Academic Skills Assessment (BASA) and Subject Area Testing in Life Science

Biology Education Track
BI101-102  Biology I and II (laboratory) (counts toward GLE core) 8 credits 
BI211   Genetics (laboratory) 4 credits 
BI319   Cellular Biology (laboratory) 4 credits or
BI325   Microbiology (laboratory) 4 credits 
BI215   Biology and Health Sciences Seminar 3 credits 
BI218   Ecology or 4 credits 
BI241   Evolutionary Biology (laboratory) 4 credits 
CH101   General Chemistry I (laboratory) 4 credits 
CH102   General Chemistry II (laboratory) 4 credits 
Two semesters of Math at the MT151 level or above 6-8 credits 
(First semester counts as core requirement, second semester counts towards major) 
BI460   Internship in Biology or 
BI480   Senior Seminar in Biology/Health Sciences or 
BI481   Invited Senior Research 3 credits 

Note: Students wishing to complete the Secondary Teacher Certification may substitute ED487 Secondary Student Teaching Seminar (1 credit), and ED492 Secondary Student Teaching (14 credits), for Biology Seminar and Biology Thesis. 

Environmental Science Education Track
BI218   Ecology (laboratory) 
CIT222   Introduction to Geographic Information Systems: ArcView 
ES103   Introduction to Ecosystem and Wildlife Conservation 
ES104   Introduction to Natural Resource Conservation 
ES108   Nature and Culture 
ES210   Evolution of Environmental Thought 
ES480   Junior Seminar in Environmental Science 
ES490   Environmental Issues: Senior Capstone Project 
GL205   Environmental Geology (laboratory) 
Math MT151 or higher 

Environmental Science Education Track Electives Requirements 
In addition to the Environmental Core Requirements, choose at least 3 from the Human Society Electives list, and at least 1 from the Natural Science Electives list. (Minimum of 12 credits). Note: No course can count for two requirements in the major.

Recommended Curriculum Guide – Life Sciences

First Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

ED112 or ED105

Teaching and Learning in a Democratic Society/ Educational Psychology

3

ED112 or ED105

Teaching and Learning in a Democratic Society/ Educational Psychology

3

______

Primary Major

3

______

Primary Major

3

______

Primary Major

3

MT151 or MT260

GLE Mathematics Elective

3

GLE101

First-Year Inquiry Seminar

3

______

GLE Social Science

3

GLE110

First-Year Composition

3

______

GLE Humanities 

3

 

 Total

15

 

 Total

15


Second Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

ED224

Design and Management of the Learning Environment

3

ED350

Teaching Literacy Across the curriculum

3

______

Primary Major

3

______

Primary Major

3

______

Primary Major

3

______

Primary Major

3

______

GLE Natural Science

4

______

GLE Natural Science

4

______

GLE Social Science

3

GLE230

Second-Year Composition

3

 

 Total

16

 

 Total

16

Third Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

ED308

Introduction to Assessment

3

ED312

Understanding and Teaching Exceptional Learners

3

______

Primary Major

3

ED314

Scientific Inquiry and Teaching Methods

3

______

Primary Major

3

______

Primary Major

3

______

GLE Art and Design

3

______

Primary Major

3

______

GLE Humanities

3

______

GLE Art and Design

3

 

 Total

15

 

 Total

15

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

ED360

Best Practices in a Secondary Context

3

ED492

Secondary Student Teaching

14

______

Primary Major

3

ED487

Secondary Student Teaching Seminar

1

______

Primary Major

3

 

 

 

______

GLE Humanities

3

 

 Total

15

 

 Total

12

 

Total Credits:

120