Biological Science Education

Biological Science Education
Hours77 Credit Hours
MAPMajor Academic Plan

Program Requirements

This major is designed to prepare students to teach in public schools. In order to graduate with this major, students are required to complete Utah State Office of Education licensing requirements. To view these requirements go to or contact Education Student Services, 120 MCKB, (801) 422-3426.
For students accepted into the major after August 1, 2014, grades below C in any required coursework in a teaching major or teaching minor will not be accepted. Teacher candidates must maintain a total GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout the program and to qualify for student teaching. For details on admission and retention requirements for teaching majors and teaching minors, see Educator Preparation Program (EPP) Requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.
Students wishing to enter the Biological Science Education (BSE) program must declare the premajor, complete Bio 130, Bio 220, Chem 105, and Bio 276, and meet and maintain minimum GPA requirements of 2.85 in the major and 3.0 cumulative, prior to making application via myLink. Students obtaining a teaching minor must also student teach at least one period in the minor, when available.
requirement 4 Complete 2 options
Professional Education Component:
Licensure requirements: Contact the Education Advisement Center, 120 MCKB, 422-3426, to schedule the final interview to clear your application for the secondary teaching license. You should be registered for your last semester at BYU prior to the scheduled appointment.
Note 1: Application on, including FBI fingerprint and background clearance, must be completed prior to enrollment in Bio 276.
Note 2: Bio 377, 378, and 379 should be taken concurrently in the semester prior to taking Bio 476.
Note 3: Most states require the Biology Praxis Exam for employment in High School and the Middle Level Praxis Exam for teaching in grades 6-8.
option 4.2 Complete 12.0 hours from the following course(s)
Student teachers/interns must complete three forms in their LiveText accounts (PIBS, CDS, FED) and attach their TWS to the LiveText account for their program. All four must be completed to be cleared for graduation.
Recommended Complete 12 courses
Although not required, these courses are recommended.
Program Outcomes

Broad Understanding of Biology

Students will use basic biological concepts, grounded in the foundational theories, to interpret relationships among living things and to analyze and solve biological problems, from the molecular to ecosystem level. (BYU AIMS 1,2,3)

INTASC Standards

Students will apply theory to practice through learning, experimentation, critical analysis, practice, and reflection, as outlined in the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) in a classroom setting. (BYU AIMS 1-4)

Link to INTASC standards:

Instructional Design

Students will design and produce a written instructional unit that incorporates all ten principles of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC). (BYU AIMS 1-4)

Preparation for Licensure

Students will meet the entry level standards for teacher licensure.