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.
|LTC 1100||Orientation (OR)||1|
|or SPC_ED 1100||Orientation: Special Education|
|LTC 2200||School Health and Student Wellbeing||3|
|ESC_PS 2000||Experiencing Cultural Diversity in the United States||3|
|ESC_PS 2010||Inquiry Into Learning I||3|
|ESC_PS 2014||Inquiry into Learning I - Field Experience||1|
|LTC 2040||Inquiring into Schools, Community and Society I||3|
|LTC 2044||Inquiry into Schools, Community and Society: Field||1|
|IS_LT 2467||Inquiry into Empowering Learners with Technology||3|
|LTC 4631W||Teach.Sci.Second.Sch.:Phil.,Hist., Sci.Inq.,Curr., Assm., & Teach I - Writing Intensive||4|
|LTC 4634||Teaching Middle and Secondary Science I Field||1|
|LTC 4560||Reading and Writing in the Content Areas||3|
|LTC 4460||Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages||3|
|LTC 4641||Teaching Middle and Secondary Science II||3|
|LTC 4644||Teaching Middle and Secondary Science II Field||1|
|SPC_ED 4020||Teaching the Exceptional Learner||3|
|LTC 4565||Reading and Writing in the Content Areas II||3|
|SPC_ED 4310||Behavioral and Classroom Management||3|
|ED_LPA 4060||Inquiring into Schools, Community and Society II||3|
|LTC 4654||Teach Sci MS/Sec Sch: Phil,Hist,Sci Inq,Curr,Assm & Tech III Fld||1|
|LTC 4971||Internship and Capstone Seminar||12|
|BIO_SC 1500||Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory||5|
|BIO_SC 1200||General Botany with Laboratory||5|
|or BIO_SC 3210||Plant Systematics|
|BIO_SC 2200||General Genetics||4|
|BIO_SC 2300||Introduction to Cell Biology||4|
|BIO_SC 3650||General Ecology||5|
|BIO_SC 3700||Animal Physiology||5|
|or MPP 3202||Elements of Physiology|
|BIO_SC 4994||Senior Seminar (Teaching Middle/Secondary Bio)||3|
|CHEM 1320||College Chemistry I||4|
|CHEM 1330||College Chemistry II||4|
|PHYSCS 1210||College Physics I||4-5|
|or PHYSCS 2750||University Physics I|
|GEOL 1200||Environmental Geology with Laboratory (Recommended)||4|
|or GEOL 1100||Introduction to the Earth with Laboratory|
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.
|LTC 1100||1||LTC 2200||3|
|MATH 1100||3||ENGLSH 1000||3|
|ESC_PS 2000 (Social Science)||3||BIO_SC 2200||4|
|American History or Government||3||CHEM 1320||4|
|ESC_PS 2010 or LTC 2040 (Social Science)||3||ESC_PS 2010 or LTC 2040 (Social Science)||3|
|ESC_PS 2014 or LTC 2044||1||ESC_PS 2014 or LTC 2044||1|
|Writing Intensive & Humanities||3||Humanities||3|
|IS_LT 2467||3||BIO_SC 4600||3|
|BIO_SC 2300||4||GEOL 1200||4|
|LTC 4631W||4||LTC 4641||3|
|LTC 4634||1||LTC 4644||1|
|SPC_ED 4020||3||LTC 4460||3|
|LTC 4560||3||LTC 4565||3|
|BIO_SC 3700 or MPP 3202||5||BIO_SC 1200 or 3210||4-5|
|PHYSCS 1210 or 2750||4-5|
|LTC 4654||1||LTC 4971||12|
|Total Credits: 125-127|
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.
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.
- If you would like information about MU majors and degree programs, visit:
- the Degrees, Majors (Degree Programs), Emphasis Areas, Minors and Certificates page in the catalog,
- the MU Majors website.
For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.