Bachelor of Science in Biology Education
There is a national shortage of certified high school biology teachers. Consequently, all Evangel Biology Education graduates obtain teaching positions. We offer two plans to certify biology teachers: Biology Certification (grades 9-12) and Unified Science Certification in Biology (grades 9-12). The biology certificate qualifies students to teach high school biology. The unified science program with a biology certificate allows students to teach any high school biology course, plus the first courses in high school chemistry, earth science and physics. Some students find the increased versatility of the unified science: biology program worth the additional coursework.
The Evangel University Department of Science and Technology is dedicated to the spiritual, academic and social growth of every student. The department’s purpose is to provide an excellent scientific education that is thoroughly integrated with the University’s emphasis on the development of strong Christian character. Within this framework, students must contend with new scientific, social, ethical and technological challenges. Students learn to communicate technical concepts clearly and effectively and exhibit analytical thinking and problem solving skills.
A Biology Education major may choose one of two tracks: (1) the Subject Certification track, or (2) the Unified Science Certification track. The Subject Certification track prepares graduates to obtain certification and teach biology in grades 9-12, while the Unified Science track prepares graduates to teach biology, chemistry, physics or earth sciences in grades 9-12. The Unified Science Certification track is especially advantageous for graduates who plan to obtain teaching positions in small or rural school districts.
The Biology Education major normally requires at least one year of coursework in high school biology, and for the Unified Science track, one year of high school chemistry. Students not having this background can expect to take introductory courses during their freshman year at Evangel. The biology portion of the major consists of 48 credits of core science courses satisfying Missouri certification requirements necessary to become a secondary biology teacher. The 34 credits in education are certification requirements for all secondary teachers regardless of major.
In addition to the academic coursework in education, a Biology Education major will have three field experiences in public schools assisting high school biology/science teachers followed by the student teaching field experience during the final semester.
Program Plan (pdf)
|Want to see exactly what classes you will take? The Program Plan (sometimes called a degree sheet) includes all specific requirements - including University proficiencies, Frameworks courses and degree requirements.|
Each of Evangel's academic programs is made up of a set of core curriculum, program requirements and electives. The courses listed below are just a small sample of courses that might be taken as a part of this specific program.
|Introduction to Biology||Introduces cell biology and genetics. Also considers concepts important in contemporary society. Laboratory is required and involves scientific inquiry methods and a research component.|
|Zoology||Primarily the study of zoology with emphases on adaptations and taxonomy. Also included is the study of protists.|
|Botany||Primarily the study of botany with the study of fungi and ecology.|
|Microbiology||Study of microorganisms and their growth and control. Emphasis on bacteria of medical importance, aseptic lab procedures, and care in the medical environment.|
|Environmental Biology||The influence of environmental factors including geology, climate, water, wastes, and political factors on plants, animals, and microbes and their interactions. Conservation/utilization, population growth and sustainability of resources, and ethics.|
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- High school biology or science teacher with Missouri certification. In general, most states recognize Missouri certificates and require few additional courses for certification in those states.
|GPA||Achieve a 3.0 grade point average in content area and professional education courses, while maintaining a 2.75 cumulative grade point average across all courses.|
|Admittance to Program||Application for provisional admittance to teacher education is made in EDUC 219-Foundations of Education. This class is prerequisite to all teacher certification courses unless an equivalent course has been transferred from another college. Applications for admittance are available in the Department of Education office.|
|Recommendations||Satisfactory recommendations from all university supervisors of practica.|
General Undergraduate Requirements
The following are general requirements for all students beginning an undergraduate program at Evangel. For more information visit Undergraduate Admissions Requirements.
|Faith||As a boldly Christian university, all of our students have made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.|
|Diploma||Graduation from high school, or having the equivalent of a high school diploma such as the General Education Development (GED) examination.|
|Core Subjects||A minimum of a 2.0 GPA in core college prep classes (English, math, social sciences and science with a lab)|
|Grade Average||A "C" average. However, in some cases, a student with a weak academic record may be considered. To remain at Evangel, however, the student must meet scholastic requirements.|
|Standardized Tests||>Entering freshmen should take the ACT or SAT test. The codes for Evangel are as follows: SAT: 6198. ACT: 2296.|
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