BSEd in Secondary Education with Emphasis in Biology

Degree Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Education in Secondary Education prepares students to work with children from ninth through twelfth grade in public, private, and alternative school systems.  You may consider a degree in education if you enjoy working with children and/or adolescents, want to strengthen the future through education, and want to make a difference in the lives of others.  MU Students work closely with mentors, practicing teachers, administrators, and university faculty to develop the knowledge and skills to enhance learning outcomes for children and youth.  The coursework through the College of Education focuses on teachers’ roles in facilitating learning at all levels of development and considers the influences of cultural, political, historical, and economic factors on students, teachers, and schools.  Upon successfully completing the initial teacher certification process, the state grants you certification in secondary biology.  Practical and rewarding clinical training in schools and agencies begins sophomore year, and continues each semester culminating in a senior-level teaching internship, enhancing teaching skills and confidence.  Coursework within Secondary Biology provides you with experience in the methods of teaching biology in supporting learners in the development of scientific literacy.  This includes consideration of the nature of science, methods for teaching science, strategies for assessing science learning, and pathways for developing into a professional biology educator.

Major Program Requirements

Students must complete all university, general education, and content requirements, in addition to degree requirements.  Please meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss degree requirements and to create a semester plan.

Teacher Education programs in the College of Education are accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Curriculum changes mandated to earn teacher certification may become effective at any point during your academic program. Therefore, it is extremely important that you DO NOT SELF ADVISE.

Early Experiences
LTC 1100Orientation (OR)1
or SPC_ED 1100 Orientation: Special Education
LTC 2200School Health and Student Wellbeing3
ESC_PS 2000Experiencing Cultural Diversity in the United States3
ESC_PS 2010Inquiry Into Learning I3
ESC_PS 2014Inquiry into Learning I - Field Experience1
LTC 2040Inquiring into Schools, Community and Society I3
LTC 2044Inquiry into Schools, Community and Society: Field1
IS_LT 2467Inquiry into Empowering Learners with Technology3
Mid-Level Experiences
LTC 4631WTeach.Sci.Second.Sch.:Phil.,Hist., Sci.Inq.,Curr., Assm., & Teach I - Writing Intensive4
LTC 4634Teaching Middle and Secondary Science I Field1
LTC 4560Reading and Writing in the Content Areas3
LTC 4460Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages3
LTC 4641Teaching Middle and Secondary Science II3
LTC 4644Teaching Middle and Secondary Science II Field1
SPC_ED 4020Teaching the Exceptional Learner3
LTC 4565Reading and Writing in the Content Areas II3
Advanced-Level Experiences
SPC_ED 4310Behavioral and Classroom Management3
ED_LPA 4060Inquiring into Schools, Community and Society II3
LTC 4654Teach Sci MS/Sec Sch: Phil,Hist,Sci Inq,Curr,Assm & Tech III Fld1
LTC 4971Internship and Capstone Seminar12
Content Area
BIO_SC 1500Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory5
BIO_SC 1200General Botany with Laboratory5
or BIO_SC 3210 Plant Systematics
BIO_SC 2200General Genetics4
BIO_SC 2300Introduction to Cell Biology4
BIO_SC 3650General Ecology5
BIO_SC 3700Animal Physiology5
or MPP 3202 Elements of Physiology
BIO_SC 4600Evolution3
BIO_SC 4994Senior Seminar (Teaching Middle/Secondary Bio)3
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
CHEM 1330College Chemistry II4
PHYSCS 1210College Physics I4-5
or PHYSCS 2750 University Physics I
GEOL 1200Environmental Geology with Laboratory (Recommended)4
or GEOL 1100 Introduction to the Earth with Laboratory

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student’s actual plan may vary based on course choices and where options are available.                      

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
LTC 11001LTC 22003
MATH 11003ENGLSH 10003
ESC_PS 2000 (Social Science)3BIO_SC 22004
American History or Government3CHEM 13204
BIO_SC 15005Humanities3
 15 17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ESC_PS 2010 or LTC 2040 (Social Science)3ESC_PS 2010 or LTC 2040 (Social Science)3
ESC_PS 2014 or LTC 20441ESC_PS 2014 or LTC 20441
Writing Intensive & Humanities3Humanities 3
IS_LT 24673BIO_SC 46003
BIO_SC 23004GEOL 12004
CHEM 13304 
 18 14
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
LTC 4631W4LTC 46413
LTC 46341LTC 46441
SPC_ED 40203LTC 44603
LTC 45603LTC 45653
BIO_SC 3700 or MPP 32025BIO_SC 1200 or 32104-5
 PHYSCS 1210 or 27504-5
 16 18-20
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
LTC 46541LTC 497112
ED_LPA 40603 
SPC_ED 43103 
BIO_SC 36505 
BIO_SC 49943 
 15 12
Total Credits: 125-127

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com/index.htm. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center.  No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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