Biology with Teaching, B.S.

The B.S. with Teaching in Biology is part of Temple's innovative "TUteach" secondary education teacher-training program. The B.S. with Teaching provides broad training in Biology, and prepares students for a career in secondary school teaching. The education courses in the B.S. with Teaching include supervised teaching in school district classrooms and emphasize inquiry-based approaches to learning. Students in the B.S. with Teaching degree program become eligible for a Pennsylvania teacher certification when they complete all the requirements for the degree that include theoretical and practical courses in education specifically designed for science and mathematics majors. In order to be recommended for Pennsylvania teacher certification, students must graduate with:

  1. a B.S. with Teaching degree
  2. a minimum overall 3.0 GPA and
  3. earn passing scores on the state-required SAT/PAPA tests.

Students are encouraged to stay on track to graduate with an overall GPA of 3.0 by meeting once each semester with a TUteach advisor and by meeting the prerequisite GPA for required courses. GPA and prerequisite course requirements insure that students are well prepared for the significant amounts of supervised classroom teaching required in advanced courses. Attention is specifically directed to the prerequisites required to enroll in SCES 4189 Project-Based Instruction, an advanced course required in all TUteach degrees and recommended to be taken in either the fifth or seventh semester. The prerequisites for this course include entering the course with a GPA of 3.0 and having earned passing scores on the PAPA Test ("Basic Knowledge:" reading, writing, and mathematics) or SAT.

Undergraduate Contact Information:

Dr. Susan Varnum, Program Director
Professor of Chemistry
Associate Dean for Science Education​
College of Science and Technology​
629 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-6390 or 215-204-4073
susan.varnum@temple.edu

Mr. George Mehler, Master Teacher/Faculty Advisor
College of Science and Technology
628 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-4074
george.mehler@temple.edu

Mr. Kenneth Ruff, TUteach Faculty Advisor
College of Science and Technology
656 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-3628
kruff@temple.edu

Dr. Allen Nicholson, Chair
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 255
215-204-8851

Dr. Joel Sheffield, Content Advisor
Juniors/Seniors, Research Questions
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 311                 
215-204-8839                                                       
jbs@temple.edu                                      

Dr. Angela Bricker, Content Advisor
Freshmen/Sophomores
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 248C
215-204-8578
abricker@temple.edu

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

  1. University Requirements (124 total s.h.)
    • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
    • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major. Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement:
      Genetics (S)
      Cell Structure and Function (F)
      Scientific Writing for Biology: The Art of Communicating
      Perspectives on Science and Mathematics
      Differentiated Literacy Instruction in the Disciplines, 7-12
    • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
      • See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.
      • Students who complete TUteach majors typically receive a waiver for 1 Human Behavior (GB), 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.
    • Students must satisfy general Temple University residency requirements.
  2. College Requirements
    • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
    • 45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
  3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Science (90-93 s.h.)1
    At least 9 courses required for the major must be completed at Temple. At least 5 Biology courses and 3 Education courses must be completed at Temple.
    Biology
    BIOL 1111Introduction to Biology I4
    or BIOL 1911 Honors Introduction to Biology I
    BIOL 2112Introduction to Biology II4
    or BIOL 2912 Honors Introduction to Biology II
    BIOL 2296Genetics (S)4
    BIOL 2227Principles of Ecology (S)3
    BIOL 3091Research Methods (S)3
    BIOL 3096Cell Structure and Function (F)4
    Three upper level Biology electives at the 2200 level or above 29-12
    Chemistry
    Select one of the following:4
    General Chemistry I
    and General Chemistry Laboratory I
    Honors General Chemical Science I
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory I (F)
    Select one of the following:4
    General Chemistry II
    and General Chemistry Laboratory II
    Honors General Chemical Science II
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory II (S)
    Select one of the following:4
    Organic Chemistry I
    and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
    Organic Chemistry for Majors I
    and Organic Majors Laboratory I
    Organic Chemistry for Honors I
    and Organic Honors Laboratory I (F)
    Select one of the following:4
    Organic Chemistry II
    and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
    Organic Chemistry for Majors II
    and Organic Majors Laboratory II
    Organic Chemistry for Honors II
    and Organic Honors Laboratory II (S)
    Mathematics
    Select one of the following:4
    Calculus I with Lab 3
    Calculus I
    Honors Calculus I (F)
    Select one of the following:4
    Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences
    Calculus II
    Honors Calculus II
    Physics
    PHYS 2021General Physics I4
    or PHYS 2921 Honors General Physics I
    PHYS 2022General Physics II4
    or PHYS 2922 Honors General Physics II
    College of Science and Technology
    SCTC 1389Step 1 and 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design in Science and Mathematics Modified for English Learners2
    Education
    EDUC 2179Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science3
    EDUC 4388TUteach Apprentice Teaching6
    EDUC 4802TUteach Apprentice Teaching Seminar1
    SCES 2189Classroom Interactions (S)3
    or SCTC 3485 Science and Mathematics in the Classroom
    SCES 4189Project-Based Instruction (F)3
    or SCTC 4485 Integrating STEM Practice in Diverse Teaching Environments
    SECE 3796Differentiated Literacy Instruction in the Disciplines, 7-123
    SPED 2231Introduction to Inclusive Education3
    Philosophy/History
    Select one of the following:3
    Perspectives on Science and Mathematics
    History of Science
    Total Credit Hours90-93
    (F) - Fall only course
    (S) - Spring only course
    1

    The certification requirements need to meet Pennsylvania Department of Education standards and are subject to change. All students are strongly recommended to check with the TUteach Advisor in the College of Science and Technology, to affirm the requirements that pertain to their specific major. In addition, students should check the Undergraduate Bulletin web site for the most current information about these programs or the TUteach web site. It is also recommended that all students meet with an advisor before enrolling in classes specific to these majors and leading to certification as a teacher. This is to assure that a candidate's intended program of study will be compatible with the new requirements.

    2

    See course descriptions for exceptions.

    3

    Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039.

Note: A grade of C or higher in CHEM 1031 and CHEM 1032 is required to take BIOL 1111 and BIOL 2112. A grade of C or higher in BIOL 1111 and BIOL 2112 is required to take upper-level Biology courses, and a C- or higher is required unless otherwise specified in all other courses for the major, including course prerequisites. BIOL 3091 is not available for major credit.

Calculation of Major GPA

The list of courses that are used to calculate major GPA is determined by the department. Students should consult with their academic advising unit for the applicable courses. In general, courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or a required course are not counted for the major GPA. This would include BIOL 1011, for example. 

Distinction in Major

To graduate with a Distinction in Biology with Teaching, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Achieve a 3.50 GPA or better for the aggregate of courses required for the B.S. in Biology with Teaching.

  2. Achieve a 3.20 GPA or better in the Biology coursework.

  3. Achieve a 3.91 GPA in the following courses:

    SCES 2189Classroom Interactions3
    or SCTC 3485 Science and Mathematics in the Classroom
    SCES 4189Project-Based Instruction3
    or SCTC 4485 Integrating STEM Practice in Diverse Teaching Environments
    EDUC 4802TUteach Apprentice Teaching Seminar1
    EDUC 4388TUteach Apprentice Teaching6
  4. Write a final research paper either in a topic combining both major content and pedagogy or a topic focused on research in Biology. They must present their research for evaluation and present at a departmental research poster session before graduation. Consult the undergraduate TUteach advisor for more details. 

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Science in Biology with Teaching

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry I 
Honors General Chemical Science I (F) 
Select one of the following:4
Calculus I with Lab1 
Calculus I 
Honors Calculus I (F) 
SCTC 1389Step 1 and 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design in Science and Mathematics Modified for English Learners2
General Education/Elective Credits6
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
BIOL 1111 or 1911Introduction to Biology I4
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry II 
Honors General Chemical Science II (S) 
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences 
Calculus II 
Honors Calculus II 
General Education/Elective Credits4
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
BIOL 2112 or 2912Introduction to Biology II4
Select one of the following:4
Organic Chemistry I 
Organic Chemistry for Majors I 
Organic Chemistry for Honors I (F) 
EDUC 2179Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science3
SPED 2231Introduction to Inclusive Education3
 Term Credit Hours14
Spring
Select one of the following:3-4
Principles of Ecology (S) 
Genetics [WI] (S) 
Select one of the following:4
Organic Chemistry II 
Organic Chemistry for Majors II 
Organic Chemistry for Honors II (S) 
SECE 3796Differentiated Literacy Instruction in the Disciplines, 7-12 [WI]3
General Education/Elective Credits7-6
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 3
Fall
BIOL 3096Cell Structure and Function [WI] (F)4
PHYS 2021 or 2921General Physics I4
Select one of the following:3
Perspectives on Science and Mathematics [WI] 
History of Science 
General Education/Elective Credits6
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
BIOL 3091Research Methods (S)3
PHYS 2022 or 2922General Physics II4
Select one of the following:3-4
Principles of Ecology (S) 
Genetics [WI] (S) 
Select one of the following:3
Classroom Interactions (S) 
Science and Mathematics in the Classroom 
General Education/Elective Credits4-3
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 4
Fall
Upper-Level 2200+ Biology Elective23-4
Upper-Level 2200+ Biology Elective23-4
Select one of the following:3
Project-Based Instruction (F) 
Integrating STEM Practice in Diverse Teaching Environments 
General Education/Elective Credits7-5
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
Upper-Level 2200+ Biology Elective23-4
EDUC 4388TUteach Apprentice Teaching6
EDUC 4802TUteach Apprentice Teaching Seminar1
General Education/Elective Credits1-0
 Term Credit Hours11
 Total Credit Hours: 124
(F) - Fall only course
(S) - Spring only course
1

Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039.

2

If the student has taken the necessary prerequisite courses, some of the Biology elective courses may be taken before the Fall semester of Year 4. While not required, BIOL 3101 Evolution is highly recommended as one of three Biology electives.