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Biology Teaching

The biology teaching program at Purdue University combines a strong emphasis on biology content knowledge with a thorough grounding in the theoretical and practical aspects of science teaching. A student completing the requirements in biology teaching is qualified to teach high school life science. Biology teaching majors are advised that it is wise to select an additional developmental area, such as middle school, and additional courses in physics, chemistry or earth and atmospheric science.

Although each state has different requirements for teacher certification, an Indiana certificate will be reciprocal in many states. In addition, students can ascertain the requirements in other states by writing directly to the Certification Office, Department of Public Instruction, in the capital city of any state. Indiana now requires those seeking certification to pass the PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II exams.

Prospective teachers are exempt from the second year of the foreign-language requirement and from the last course of the chemistry requirement. During the professional semester, students take coursework on campus followed by student teaching.

Biology Teaching Major Requirements — 42 credits

Upper-Division Courses — 10 credits

Ten additional credits in the upper-division courses listed in groups A and B (following) are required to complete a biology teaching major. These 10 credits must include at least one laboratory course and, as a minimum distribution requirement, each group must be represented by at least one course in a student’s selections.

Group A  
Select from the following:  
BIOL 39500 (Macromolecules) (3 cr.); BIOL 41500 (Introduction to Molecular Biology) (3 cr.); BIOL 41600 (Molecular Virology) (3 cr.); BIOL 42000 (Eukaryotic Cell Biology) (3 cr.); BIOL 43600 (Introduction to Neurobiology) (3 cr.); BIOL 43800 (General Microbiology)* (3 cr.); BIOL 43900 (Laboratory in Microbiology)* (2 cr.); BIOL 44400 (Human Genetics)* (3 cr.); BIOL 44600 (Cellular Microbiology) (3 cr.); BIOL 47800 (Introduction to Bioinformatics) (3 cr.); BIOL 48100 (Eukaryotic Genetics) (3 cr.); BIOL 49500 (Biological and Structural Aspects of Drug Design and Action) (3 cr.); BIOL 51100 (Introduction to X-Ray Crystallography) (3 cr.); BIOL 51400 (Laboratory in Crystallography) (2 cr.); BIOL 51500 (Molecular Genetics) (2 cr.); BIOL 51600 (Molecular Biology of Cancer) (3 cr.); BIOL 51700 (Molecular Biology: Proteins) (2 cr.); BIOL 51900 (Molecular Biology: Nucleic Acids) (2 cr.); BIOL 52900 (Bacterial Physiology) (3 cr.); BIOL 53300 (Medical Microbiology) (3 cr.); BIOL 53800 (Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Neurobiology) (3 cr.); BIOL 54100 (Molecular Genetics of Bacteria) (3 cr.); BIOL 54900 (Microbial Ecology) (2 cr.); BIOL 55000 (Plant Molecular Biology) (3 cr.); BIOL 56200 (Neural Systems) (3 cr.); BIOL 57300 (The Molecular Biology of Animal Cells) (3 cr.); BIOL 59500 (Protein Bioinformatics) (2 cr.); BIOL 59500 (Methods and Measurements in Physical Biochemistry) (3 cr.); BIOL 59500 (Practical Biocomputing) (3 cr.) 2-3 cr.
BCHM 56100 (General Biochemistry I) (3 cr.); BCHM 56200 (General Biochemistry II) (3 cr.); BCHM 57200 (Advanced Biochemical Techniques) (2-4 cr.) 2-4 cr.
CHM 53300 (Introductory Biochemistry) (3 cr.) 3 cr.
Group B  
Select from the following:  
BIOL 30100 (Human Design: Anatomy and Physiology I)† (3 cr.); BIOL 30200 (Human Design: Anatomy and Physiology II)† (3 cr.); BIOL 32800 (Principles of Physiology)* (4 cr.); BIOL 36600 (Principles of Development)* (4 cr.); BIOL 43200 (Reproductive Physiology) (3 cr.); BIOL 48300 (Environmental and Conservation Biology) (3 cr.); BIOL 49300 (Introduction to Ethology) (3 cr.); BIOL 53700 (Immunobiology) (3 cr.); BIOL 55900 (Endocrinology) (3 cr.); BIOL 58000 (Evolution) (3 cr.); BIOL 58500 (Ecology)* (3 cr.); BIOL 58705 (Animal Communication) (3 cr.); BIOL 59100 (Field Ecology) (4 cr.); BIOL 59200 (The Evolution of Behavior) (3 cr.); BIOL 59500 (Developmental Biology) (3 cr.); BIOL 59700 (Sex and Evolution) (3 cr.); BIOL 59900 (Quantitative Physiology)* (3 cr.) 3-4 cr.
HORT 30100 (Plant Physiology)* (4 cr.) 4 cr.
Laboratory Courses  
Select from the following:  
BIOL 43900 (Laboratory in General Microbiology) (2 cr.); BIOL 44201 (Introductory Module: Protein Expression)‡ (2 cr.); BIOL 44202 (Animal Physiology)‡ (2 cr.); BIOL 44203 (Bacterial Synthetic Biology Laboratory)‡ (1 cr.); BIOL 44204 (Animal Cell Culture)‡ (1 cr.); BIOL 44205 (Introduction to LabVIEW)‡ (1 cr.); BIOL 44207 (Exploration of Protein Structure)‡ (1 cr.); BIOL 44208 (DNA Sequencing Laboratory)‡ (1 cr.); BIOL 44209 (Exploring the Living Cell)‡ (1 cr.); BIOL 44210 (Introduction to DNA Sequences)‡(1 cr.); BIOL 44211 (Laboratory in Anatomy and Physiology)‡ (1 cr.); BIOL 44212 (Microscopy and Cell Biology)‡ (1 cr.); BIOL 44214 (Microbial Pathogenesis)‡ (1 cr.); BIOL 54200 (Laboratory in Neurophysiology)‡ (1 cr.); BIOL 59100 (Field Ecology) (4 cr.) 2-4 cr.
BIOL 49400 (Biology Research) or BIOL 49900 (Biology Honors Thesis Research) (maximum 2 cr.), taken during the junior or senior years can be used as partial fulfillment of the 10-credit requirement. However, these credits cannot be used to fulfill the minimum distribution requirement or the laboratory requirement. 2 cr.
Professional Education Courses — 33 credits  
The following education courses are required for certification to teach in Indiana schools. In addition, EDPS 23500 can be used in partial fulfillment of the College of Science general education requirement.  
EDCI 20500 (Exploring Teaching as a Career) (3 cr.); EDCI 27000 (Introduction to Educational Technology and Computing) (3 cr.); EDCI 28500 (Multiculturalism and Education) (3 cr.); EDPS 23500 (Learning and Motivation) (3 cr.); EDPS 26500 (The Inclusive Classroom) (3 cr.); EDST 20000 (History and Philosophy of Education) (3 cr.); EDCI 42100 (The Teaching of Biology in Secondary Schools) (3 cr.); EDCI 42800 (Teaching Science in the Middle and Junior High School) (2 cr.); EDCI 49800 (Supervised Teaching) (10 cr.) 33 cr.

* This course is recommended for teaching majors.

† If both BIOL 30100 and 30200 are completed, three of the six credits will count toward the 10-credit requirement. The other three credits will count as free electives. If only BIOL 30100 or 30200 is completed, the credits will count only as free-elective credits.

‡ Students who choose to meet the laboratory requirement for the biology education major with modular upper-division laboratory courses must take BIOL 44201 (Introduction to Protein Expression) and one additional 442XX or 54200 module. Advisors will have the complete list of available modules for any given semester.