From the center of the universe to the galaxies above – awaken curiosity.
With a classroom full of students who have never dared to explore the "hows" and the "whys" of the world we live in—be the one who causes them to think bigger, to venture deeper, to get their hands dirty and, in that, their questions answered and their wonder expanded.
The William Woods University Bachelor of Science in Biology Education will prepare you to analyze the relationship between science, technology and society. To demonstrate scientific theories and knowledge of earth processes, properties of matter and forces of nature, classifications and functions of all living organisms, composition, characteristics and evolution of the universe — and so much more. Passing that knowledge along to the next generation, with the opportunity to watch as a student's world grows bigger and bigger before your eyes.
In addition to immersive knowledge in biological sciences, you will work alongside expert faculty with contagious passion, gaining hands-on, practical experience in laboratory and field settings that will allow you the opportunity to engage in content that you will one day teach to others.
In conjunction with the biology education degree you will take coursework to earn your Secondary Education Certification, which is required to teach biology courses at the middle school and high school levels.
Learn from enthusiastic faculty, whose experience spans across a wide range of biological interests, and work alongside them in conducting research, publishing work, and presenting at conferences
Gain hands on experience by participating in service learning activities such as tutoring, practical learning labs as well as two semester-long clinical experiences in Missouri public schools and 14 weeks of student teaching
Join a group of like-minded individuals through the Biology Club or Beta Beta Beta, the honorary biology society, and learn more about the biological sciences through educationa l speakers, networking opportunities and community outreach projects
Take our Tropical Biology field course in Central America
Currently there are nearly 25 counties across Missouri reporting a shortage in qualified, biology education teachers. The demand is great and the William Woods University Biology Education degree program prepares you to fill that need with excellence.
Our graduates have gone on to teach biology courses to grades 9-12 in Missouri schools throughout Fulton, Mexico, Jefferson City, St. Louis, Kansas City as well as abroad.
The Bachelor of Science in Biology Education degree at William Woods University consists of 122 distinct credit hours for graduation—including 32 core major credits, 8 credits of required electives, as well as the additional 46 credit hours needed for Secondary Education Certification.
Courses you may take
General Biology I
This course will introduce the broad underpinnings of biological science with a focus on the subcellular level. Students will be expected to describe fundamental molecular topics – such as water, DNA, and shape – and begin integrating them in the context of overarching principles such as scientific method, biological systems, and evolution. This course is geared toward science majors and pre-health professions students.
Concurrent enrollment in BIO115 required.
General Biology I, Laboratory
The purpose of this lab is to offer a hands-on investigative experience with some of the content addressed in BIO 114. Topics include measurement and microscopy, structure and function of the cell, the fundamental chemistry of life, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, Mendelian genetics, and an introduction to molecular biology. Experimental design, use of scientific equipment, and critical thinking are emphasized, culminating in the execution and analysis of a student-designed experiment during the second half of the course.
Concurrent enrollment in BIO 114 required.
Required Lab fee
General Biology II
A continuation of the introductory sequence in biology, emphasizing the diversity of life as illustrated by organisms in the five major divisions of life forms. Anatomical, morphological, and life cycle characteristics of the various phyla and classes are introduced, and evolutionary and functional relationships stressed. Concurrent enrollment in BIO 125 required.
General Biology II, Laboratory
This laboratory primarily surveys the organisms of the major divisions of life forms, and visually demonstrates the changes in complexity of their form and structure as evolutionary processes have shaped organisms through geological time. Concurrent enrollment in BIO 124 required. Required Lab fee
Introduction to Environmental Science -N
This course is an introduction to the concepts and principles of environmental science. By its nature, environmental science is an interdisciplinary field which draws on elements of the natural sciences, including biology, ecology, chemistry, geography and the earth sciences. Its central theme is the interrelatedness of basic environmental processes in association with conserving important aspects of the environment such as clean air, clean water, pristine habitats and native species. Human population growth, ethics, the law and policy making will be considered in addressing environmental issues.
This course will emphasize current developments and techniques in the study of inheritance including extensions and applications of transmission, population, and molecular genetics. Laboratory experiences will include Mendelian crosses of model organisms, computer simulations via software and Internet of traditional and population genetics, and an introduction to cell-molecular genetics techniques including micropipetting, sterile bacterial culture, and visualization and mapping of DNA via gel electrophoresis. Thought processes and problem solving will be emphasized.
Laboratory experiences will include Mendelian crosses of model organisms, computer simulations via software and Internet of traditional and population genetics, and an introduction to molecular genetics techniques including micropipetting, sterile bacterial culture, and visualization and mapping of DNA via gel electrophoresis. Required Lab fee
General Chemistry I
A study of the fundamental principles and theories of chemistry with emphasis on stoichiometry and atomic theory and bonding. Must be taken concurrently with CHM115. (Prerequisite: MAT111 or MAT124 or permission of instructor)
General Chemistry I Lab
Concurrent enrollment in CHM 114 required. Meets three hours per week. (Lab fee)
General Chemistry II
A continuation of CHM 114 with emphasis on equilibrium, electrochemistry, kinetics, and thermodynamics. Must be taken concurrently with CHM125.
General Chemistry II Lab
A laboratory study of principles of equilibrium and inorganic reactions directed toward the qualitative analysis of inorganic materials. Concurrent enrollment in CHM 124 required. (Lab fee)
A pre-calculus introduction to statistics. Topics include: elementary probability, measures of central tendency and variation, normal distributions, sampling, confidence intervals, estimation, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation. Emphasis on the use of graphing calculators and the utility of mathematics as a problem-solving tool. Extensive discussion of applications in natural science, social science, and business.
An introductory physics course covering the topics of mechanics, thermodynamics, vibrations, and wave motion with an emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving. Computing software is used to provide interactive instruction and develop connections to the mathematical principals involved. Regular in-class demonstrations are performed and discussed in order to enhance conceptual understanding. Concurrent enrollment in PHY 202 required. (Lab fee)
Physics I, Lab
The laboratory component of Physics I which reinforces and expands on concepts taught in the lecture. While conducting experiments, students will make observations about physical systems and collect numerical data. Emphasis is placed on identifying patterns and relationships in physical parameters. Students develop hypotheses in order to make predictions and verify presumptions. Formal lab reports are used to summarize relevant findings.
Corequisite: PHY 201
The Scientific Enterprise -N
An exploration of the multi-faceted nature of science and its impact on history, from Galileo to Pasteur and beyond. Emphasis is placed on scientific approaches and historical development. The role of science in society is addressed and the important consequences of various discoveries are discussed. The evolution of science from early natural philosophy to the familiar scientific method is examined in the context of contributions made by individual scientists.
Earth Science Lecture
A study of the various physical aspects of the earth, including the atmosphere, the biosphere and the geomorphology. There are required field trips. (Special fee)