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Biology Education

Graduates of the SCSU Biology Education Program enter the classroom as effective, enthusiastic and responsible teachers. Our program ensures you have both the research based based skills and a depth of content knowledge to help change the lives of Connecticut students.

The Curriculum and Learning Department at SCSU strives to include field work components in a majority of the courses in the program. This apprenticeship model of teacher education will finish with a semester of student teaching. Qualified candidates will have earned the opportunity to successfully complete two eight-week student teaching placements.

  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.7 for all undergraduate courses
  • Take Praxis Core, SAT, or ACT to satisfy the State Board of Education competency examination requirement.
  • Complete an essay
  • Submit two letters of reccomendation
  • Have a personal interview
  • MAT 105- Mathematics for Elementary Education I
  • SED 225- Introduction to Eceptionalities
  • ENG 122- Writing Arguments
  • EDU 200 - Teachers, Schools, and Society

48 Credits Required

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program. Any credits over 48 are counted toward free electives.

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, some departments require that students select specific courses to complement their major. This major has specific Tier requirements/restrictions for the following:

Tier 1 – Quantitative Reasoning:
MAT 106 – Mathematics for Elementary Education II

Tier 2 – American Experience (Select one):
HIS 110 – United States History I
HIS 111 – United States History II

Tier 2 – Mind and Body:
SHE 203 – School Health

Tier 2 – Social Structure, Conflict, and Consensus:
EDU 206 – Principles of Early Childhood Education (‘C’ or better)

Tier 3 – Capstone:  
EDU 322 – Family, School, and Community Partnerships (‘C’ or better)

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.


65 Credits Required

Biology Requirements
29 Credits Required

BIO 102 – Biology I (‘C’ or better)
BIO 220 – Genetics (‘C’ or better)

GPA of 2.3 in the following Content Areas


One Entry Level (4 credits):

  • BIO 230 – Plant Anatomy and Morphology
  • BIO 231 – Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • BIO 235 – Histology

One Upper Level (4 credits):


One Entry Level (3-4 credits):

  • BIO 202 – Ecology
  • BIO 210 – Environmental Biology and Conservation
  • BIO 228 – Vertebrate Zoology
  • BIO 229 – Invertebrate Zoology
  • BIO 250 – Plant Taxonomy and Systematics

One Upper Level (3-4 credits):


One Entry Level (3-4 credits):

One Upper Level (4 credits):

  • BIO 335 – Pathogenic Microbiology
  • BIO 360 – Plant Growth and Development
  • BIO 386 - Genomics II
  • BIO 435 – Developmental Biology
  • BIO 436 – Molecular Biology
  • BIO 451 – Tissue Culture
  • BIO 466 – Advanced Molecular and Cell Biology
  • BIO 467 – Laboratory Course in Biotechnology

Special permission required for the following upper level courses. Eligible students must be at junior level status with a 3.0 GPA. Any of the following courses may substitute for one upper level course from any one content area.

  • BIO 497 – In-service Training in Biology (3 cr)
  • HON 495 - Departmental Honors (3 cr)
  • BIO 499 – Independent Study and Research (3 cr)

Content Area Major

Education Requirements
24 Credits Required
EDU 316 - Child Development and Psychology for Educators
EDU 413 – Secondary Education
EDU 471 – Supporting English Learners for School Success (formerly IDS 471)
RDG 470 – Literacy in the Content Areas (formerly IDS 470)
SCE 490 – Science (Secondary School)
SCE 494 – Student Teaching (Science)
SCE 496 – Student Teaching Seminar (Science)
SED 482 – Teaching Exceptional Students in the Secondary Education Classroom

12 Credits Required 
CHE 121 – General Chemistry II

Select one from:

  • PHY 200 – General Physics I
    • and PHY 201 – General Physics II
  • PHY 230 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
    • and PHY 231 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers II


Dr. Adam Goldberg, Chair, Curriculum and Learning Department
Davis Hall 115G,
Southern Connecticut State University
New Haven, CT 06515
Telephone: (203) 392-6654 
Fax: (203) 392-6473