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Adolescence Education: Biology (7-12) [ABI] (Major)

This major in the Biological Sciences Department leads to New York state certification to teach biology in grades 7-12.

Career Potential

  • Biology teacher (grades 7-12)

A. Biology Courses: 30 credit hours

In addition to the required biology courses below, select an additional six credit hours of biology elective courses. These elective courses are defined as biology courses above the BIO 210 level that are open to biology majors.

  • BIO 201 - Biological Sciences I (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 202 - Biological Sciences II (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 210 - Cellular Biology (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 310 - Field Biology (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 312 - Genetics (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 319 - Biological Literature (1 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 412 - General Ecology (4 cr. hr.)
B. Related Science and Math Courses: 27 credit hours
  • CHE 221 - General Chemistry I (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 222 - General Chemistry II (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 301 - Organic Chemistry I (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 261 - Physical Geology (4 cr. hr.)
    Select one physics sequence:
  • PHY 105 - Elementary Mechanics and Heat (4 cr. hr.) and
  • PHY 106 - Elementary Electricity, Light and Sound (4 cr. hr.) or
  • PHY 201 - Principles of Physics I (4 cr. hr.) and
  • PHY 202 - Principles of Physics II (4 cr. hr.)
Select either
  • MAT 121 - Calculus A (3 cr. hr.) or
  • MAT 201 - Statistical Methods (3 cr. hr.)
C. Professional Preparation Courses: 41 credit hours
  • AED 391 - Introduction to Adolescence Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 442 - Methods I: Teaching the Sciences in the Middle and Secondary Schools (BIO) (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 443 - Methods II: Teaching the Sciences in the Middle and Secondary Schools (BIO) (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 444 - Laboratory Practicum (BIO) (1 cr. hr.)
  • AED 445 - Student Teaching: Adolescence Education - Science (BIO) (14 cr. hr.)
  • ESL 406 - Educating English Language Learners (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 199 - Critical School Health Issues (2 cr. hr.)
  • LIT 449 - Literacy in the Middle and Secondary School (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 232 - Adolescent Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPE 275 - Teaching Students with Disabilities in Adolescence Classrooms (3 cr. hr.)
D. Additional Requirements for the B.S.: 29-34 credit hours
  • Composition and General Education Courses: 27 credit hours
  • Foreign Language Courses: 0-6 credit hours
    Foreign Language through the 102 level is required for certification. A student may begin the sequence at the 101 level, however if a score of 85 or better is received on the New York State Regents exam, only the 102 level is required.
  • Free Elective Courses: 0-2 credit hours
E. Admission to the Major

Admission to the major requires completion of at least 45 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 overall; a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in each of the areas A and B, and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in area C above. Students enrolled in an adolescence education science program will not be allowed to progress through courses in the pedagogical sequence if they have not met all the criteria for admission to teacher education by the time they have completed AED 391: Introduction to Adolescence Education. The pedagogical sequence is designated by AED 391, AED 442, AED 443, AED 444 and AED 445.

F. Eligibility for Student Teaching

To be eligible for AED 445: Student Teaching, a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5 is required. Additionally, a minimum grade point average of 2.5 is required in each of the areas A and B, and a minimum grade point average of a 3.0 is required in area C. A minimum of 24 credit hours in biology courses and 22 credit hours in related science and math courses are needed. BIO 201, 202, 210, 312; CHE 221, 222; GLY 261; PHY 105 or 201; PSY 101, 232; and AED 391, 442, 443, 444 must be completed before the student teaching experience.

G. Other Requirements

Specific information regarding requirements such as state examinations and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment for New York state teaching certification can be found under Teacher Certification.

Required Workshops

Complete the following workshops prior to student teaching:

  • Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (CARR)
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
  • Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE)
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 127