Biology Comprehensive Major: Secondary Licensure Emphasis

Program Requirements

The Secondary Licensure Emphasis requires a minimum of 59 credits including the 26-credit Biology Nucleus, eight additional credits in Biology and/or ESS, and 25 credits in supporting courses.

Students must fulfill the requirements for the Secondary Licensure Option (described under Education). Students interested in pursuing this comprehensive program should consult with the Teacher Education Program advisor in addition to the advisor in their major as soon as possible. 

All Biology majors require the 26-credit Biology Nucleus.

Biology Nucleus
BIOL 150Biological Principles (with laboratory)4
BIOL 151Diversity and Patterns of Life (with laboratory)4
BIOL 301General Ecology3
BIOL 310Cell Biology3
BIOL 312Genetics (with recitation)4
CHEM 111General Chemistry I3
CHEM 112General Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHEM 113General Chemistry II3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Laboratory II1
Total Credits26
Required Biology and/or ESS courses
BIOL 201Introduction to Microbiology (with laboratory)4
or BIOL 342 Microbiology (with laboratory)
Select one of the following:4-8
Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology (with Lab)
Human Anatomy and Physiology I (with laboratory)
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II (with laboratory)
Total Credits8-12
Minimum supporting courses
CHEM 231Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry3
CHEM 234Introductory Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory1
GEOL 101Physical Geology3
GEOL 105Physical Geology Laboratory1
GEOL 201Historical Geology (with laboratory)4
MATH 213Probability and Statistics3
PHYS 110Introductory Astronomy3
PHYS 120Meteorology3
PHYS 140Introductory Physics (with laboratory)4
Total Credits25

Capstone Course Requirement

EDUC 409 Secondary Student Teaching fulfills the Capstone Requirement for students completing this emphasis.

Graduation Requirements

Undergraduate programs require a minimum of 120 semester credits for graduation.  Of those 120 credits, 40 credits must be in upper-division courses (those marked 300 and above).  Fifteen of these 40 upper-division credits must be earned in courses that are part of the standard or comprehensive major program being pursued. 

Students are expected to review all graduation requirements, which can be found in the Western Undergraduate Catalog: Graduation Requirements