Biology: Secondary Teacher Certification, BS

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2018-2019. Learn more about University Academic Regulation 3.1.

Minimum Overall Grade Point Average: 2.50
Total Hours: 120

General Education Requirements
English Composition
See Academic Regulation 3.5
ENGL 1113Composition I3
or ENGL 1313 Critical Analysis and Writing I
Select one of the following:3
Composition II
Critical Analysis and Writing II
Technical Writing
American History & Government
HIST 1103Survey of American History3
POLS 1113American Government3
Analytical & Quantitative Thought (A)
MATH 1613Trigonometry (A) (or higher) 1, 23
STAT 4013Statistical Methods I (A) 1, 23
or STAT 2013 Elementary Statistics (A)
Humanities (H)
PHIL 3743Patterns in Science: Historical and Value Dimensions of Western Science (H) 13
PHIL 3933Creation and Evolution (H) 13
Natural Sciences (N)
Must include one Laboratory Science (L) course
PHYS 1114College Physics I (LN) 1, 24
or PHYS 2014 University Physics I (LN)
BIOL 1114Introductory Biology (LN) 1, 24
PBIO 1404Plant Biology (LN) 1,24
Social & Behavioral Sciences (S)
Course designated (S)3
Additional General Education
Courses designated (A), (H), (N), or (S)1
Hours Subtotal40
Diversity (D) & International Dimension (I)
May be completed in any part of the degree plan
Select at least one Diversity (D) course
Select at least one International Dimension (I) course
College/Departmental Requirements
First Year Seminar
(Transfer students with 15 hours exempt)1
Arts & Humanities
See note 2.a.3
Natural & Mathematical Sciences
CHEM 1314Chemistry I (LN) 24
CHEM 1515Chemistry II (LN) 25
Foreign Language
See note 3
0-6 hours
Upper-Division General Education
Select 6 hours outside major department
See note 2.c.
Hours Subtotal13
Major Requirements
Biology Core:
Minimum GPA 2.50 and minimum grade of “C” or “P” for courses in Biology Core and those denoted with 2
BIOL 1604Animal Biology4
BIOL 3023General Genetics3
BIOL 3034General Ecology4
BIOL 3204Physiology4
BIOL 4133Evolution3
CHEM 3013Survey of Organic Chemistry3
MICR 2123Introduction to Microbiology3
MICR 2132Introduction to Microbiology Laboratory2
MICR 3033Cell and Molecular Biology3
Select one of the following:3
Plant Diversity
Plant Taxonomy
Plant Anatomy
Plant Physiology
Secondary Education Professional Core:
Minimum GPA 2.50 and minimum grade of “C” or “P” in each course
SMED 1011Inquiry Approaches to Teaching - Step 11
SMED 2011Inquiry-Based Lesson Design-Step 21
SMED 3013Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science3
SMED 4013Classroom Interactions3
SMED 4023Problem-Based Learning in Mathematics and Science3
SMED 4611Authentic Research in the Science Classroom 31
SMED 4613Teaching the Nature of Science Through an Inquiry Approach 33
SMED 4713Teaching and Learning Science in the Secondary School 33
SMED 4723Senior Seminar in Secondary Mathematics and Science Education 33
SPED 3202Educating Exceptional Learners (D)2
CIED 4720Internship in the Secondary Classroom 36
Hours Subtotal61
Electives
Select 6 hours6
May need to include 6 hours of a foreign language (see note 3)
Hours Subtotal6
Total Hours120

Other Requirements

  • See the College of Arts and Sciences Requirements.
  • Upper-Division Credit: Total hours must include at least 44 hours in courses numbered 3000 or above.
  • Hours in One Department: Hours in one department in excess of 54 will be added to the minimum total of 120 required for graduation.

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

  1. General Education Requirements
    No more than two courses (or eight hours) from the major department may be used to meet General Education and College and Departmental Requirements. The General Education required English Composition, required U.S. History, required American Government, one required MATH or STAT course, and required foreign language for B.A. degrees do not count against the two-course maximum.
  2. A&S College/Departmental Requirements
    1. Arts and Humanities are defined as any course carrying an (H) designation or courses from AMST, ART, DANC, ENGL (except ENGL 3323 Technical Writing) HIST, MUSI, PHIL (except PHIL 1313 Logic and Critical Thinking (A), PHIL 3003 Symbolic Logic (A) and PHIL 4003 Mathematical Logic and Computability), REL, TH, and foreign languages.
    2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences are defined as any course from the following prefixes: ASTR, BIOC, BIOL, CHEM, CS (except CS 4883 Social Issues in Computing), GEOL, MATH, MICR, PBIO, PHYS, and STAT; or courses from other departments that carry an (A) or (N) general education designation.
    3. The required six hours of upper-division General Education may not include courses from the student’s major department. This requirement may be satisfied by courses also used to satisfy any part of a student’s degree program (i.e., in General Education, College Departmental Requirements, Major Requirements or Electives).
    4. Non-Western Studies Requirement for B.A. and B.F.A.; One 3-hour course in Non-Western Studies (N.W.). This requirement may be satisfied by courses also used to satisfy any part of a student's degree program (i.e., in General Education, College Departmental Requirements, Major Requirements or Electives).
    5. The College of Arts & Sciences requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in all major requirements and a minimum 2.0 GPA in all major-prefix courses.
  3. Foreign Language Proficiency
    1. The foreign language requirement for the B.A. may be satisfied by 9 hours college credit in the same language, which must include 3 hours at the 2000-level, or equivalent proficiency (e.g., passing an advanced standing examination; TOEFL exam; presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates the high school was primarily conducted in a language other than English; etc.). Computer Science courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement. Currently Arabic and Mvskoke are not offered at the 2000-level at OSU.
    2. The foreign language requirement for the B.S., B.M. and B.F.A. may be satisfied by presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates two years of study of a single foreign language (passing grades at second-year level of study). It may also be satisfied by 6 hours college credit in the same language, which must include language courses 1713 and 1813, or equivalent proficiency (e.g., passing an advanced standing examination; TOEFL exam; presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates the high school was primarily conducted in a language other than English; etc.). Computer Science courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
    3. In addition to a. and b., students pursuing teacher certification must meet novice-high foreign language proficiency by presenting a high school transcript which demonstrates two years of study of a single foreign language with no grade below B. Or, students may complete 3 hours college credit in a single language with no grade below C (or pass an advanced standing examination, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam, or Oral Proficiency Interview developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, equivalent to 3 hours of college credit.) Or, students may meet the requirement by transfer of documentation of meeting the foreign language competency from one of the teacher education programs in the State of Oklahoma approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
  4. Exclusions
    1. Courses used to satisfy the General Education English Composition, U.S. History, American Government, and Mathematics or Statistics requirements will not count toward the 54-hour maximum allowed from one department.
    2. Courses with ATHL or LEIS prefixes and leisure activity courses may not be used for degree credit.
  5. Teacher Certification
    Students can satisfy the requirements for secondary schools teaching certification while earning a B.A. or B.S. in the College of Arts & Sciences. Those interested should see their Arts and Sciences advisor and the OSU Professional Education Unit in room 325 Willard.

Additional State/OSU Requirements

  • At least: 60 hours at a four-year institution; 30 hours completed at OSU; 15 of the final 30 or 50% of the upper-division hours in the major field completed at OSU.
  • Limit of: one-half of major course requirements as transfer work; one-fourth of hours earned by correspondence; 8 transfer correspondence hours.
  • Students will be held responsible for degree requirements in effect at the time of matriculation and any changes that are made, so long as these changes do not result in semester credit hours being added or do not delay graduation.
  • Degrees that follow this plan must be completed by the end of Summer 2024.