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Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology Education

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology Education.

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.

Special opportunities

  • 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
  • Participate in the Genomics Education Partnership; a classroom based research experience
  • Prepare for graduate study in education, curriculum and instruction, administration and more

Our Biology Education degree at work

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.

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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

BIO 114 - Biology I for Majors -N or General Biology I -N - 4.00

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.

BIO 115 or BIO 116 - Gen Bio I Lab or Gen Bio I Lab for Transfer students - 0.00 or 1.00

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. Prerequisite - Science ACT equal to or greater than 18 or BIO 105/106 with C or higher grade or Students conduct laboratory exercises selected to reinforce and augment the biology lecture course that students earned credit for at a previous institution. Experiments illustrate basic life principles and structures. Available only to students with posted transfer credit for BIO114 at time of enrollment. (Lab fee)

BIO 124 - Biology II for Majors -N or General Biology II -N - 4.00

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. Prerequisite - BIO114/115

BIO 125 - Gen Bio II Lab or Biology II Lab for Majors - 0.00

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

BIO 209 - Introduction To Environmental Science - 3.00

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 policymaking will be considered in addressing environmental issues. Prerequisites - MAT099 and ENG 099, or equivalent/higher

BIO 231 - Genetics - 4.00

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. Concurrent enrollment in BIO 232 required. Prerequisites: BIO124/125 (*MAT 118 should be completed prior to or concurrent enrollment with BIO231/232)

BIO 232 - Genetics Lab - 0.00

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. Concurrent enrollment in BIO 231 required. Required Lab fee

PHY 201 - Physics I -N - 4.00

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)

PHY 202 or PHY 203 - Physics I Lab or Physics I Lab for transfer students - 0.00 or 1.00

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 or Includes laboratory exercises selected to reinforce and augment the physics lecture course that students earned credit for at a previous institution. Available only to students with posted transfer credit for PHY201 at time of enrollment.

SCI 205 - The Scientific Enterprise -N - 3.00

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.

SCI 230 - Earth Science Lecture -N - 3.00

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)


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