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Natural Science in Biology

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The Department of Biology is committed to providing a collaborative learning environment where students can study all forms of life at the molecular, organismal, and population levels. The Natural Science major is a broad degree where students learn about earth and physical sciences, biology and chemistry. The Natural Science in Biology for Secondary Teachers major prepares students for a teaching career and, through the program, they can earn certification to teach science courses at the junior and senior high school level.

ACCREDITATION

The Bachelor of Science majoring in Natural Science in Biology for Secondary Teachers is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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Natural Science in Biology (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

General Studies
42-47
Major Requirements
BIO 105Principles of Organismal Biology4
BIO 106Principles of Cell Biology4
BIO 205Genetics4
BIO 225Ecology4
BIO 390Microbiology4
CHE 111General Chemistry I5
CHE 120General Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis5
CHE 310Organic Chemistry I3
CHE 311Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHE 321Quantitative Analysis4
CHE 370Biochemistry I4
PHY 110College Physics I4
PHY 111College Physics II4
ESC 111Physical Geology4
Approved statistics course3
Plus eight additional credits from biology courses numbered 300 or higher selected from the following:8
History and Philosophy of the Natural Sciences
Animal Physiology
Ornithology
Introduction to Paleontology
Plant Physiology
Plant Systematics
Local Flora
Lichenology
Development of Federal Wildlife Law
Pathophysiology
Herpetology
Microbiology
Plant Morphology
Molecular Cell Biology
Developmental Biology
Invertebrate Biology
Vertebrate Biology
Medical Parasitology
Mammalogy
Animal Behavior
Biology Teaching Practicum 1
Immunology
Biology Internship 1
Molecular Basis of Disease
Virology
Independent Research/Project 1
Entomology

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  6. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.

Natural Science in Biology for Secondary Teachers (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

A major in Natural Science for Secondary Teachers leads to certification to teach Science courses in schools. Students who pursue this program should consider teaching as their immediate career goal.

General Studies
42-47
Major Requirements
BIO 105Principles of Organismal Biology4
BIO 106Principles of Cell Biology4
BIO 205Genetics4
BIO 225Ecology4
BIO 308History and Philosophy of the Natural Sciences3
BIO 380Biology Teaching: Materials and Methods3
BIO 390Microbiology4
CHE 111General Chemistry I5
CHE 120General Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis5
CHE 310Organic Chemistry I3
CHE 311Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHE 321Quantitative Analysis4
CHE 370Biochemistry I4
PHY 110College Physics I4
PHY 111College Physics II4
ESC 111Physical Geology4
ESC 120Meteorology4
Approved statistics course3
Select one course from each of the following areas:6-8
A. Organismal Diversity
Ornithology
Plant Systematics
Local Flora
Plant Morphology
Invertebrate Biology
Vertebrate Biology
Mammalogy
Entomology
B. Physiology
Animal Physiology
Plant Physiology
Education Professional Sequence
Students must complete the Professional Sequence36
 

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.75, a major GPA of 3.0 and a minimum 3.0 GPA in Education coursework.
  6. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.

Are you ready to declare this major? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the Biology Department.

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