B.A. in Biology - Integrated Teaching Track

Requirements (145-154 units). Total units required for graduation: 209

Students who successfully meet the requirements for the Teaching Credential Option in Biology will earn a B.A. in Biology and a Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential in Biology. In addition to the course requirements listed below, students must complete the following to qualify for a Preliminary Teaching Credential:

  1. Successfully complete the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) and the appropriate California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). These exams must be passed before enrolling in ESEC 550A
  2. Submit a Program Application File (PAF) to the Credentials Office, CE-102
  3. Identify an advisor who is approved by the chairs of the Biology Department and the Department of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education
  4. Provide verification of a negative tuberculin examination within the last 24 months, and submit an application for a certificate of clearance or evidence of a credential or permit authorizing public school teaching in California
  5. Academic Achievement
    Applicants must maintain the following minimum grade point averages:
    1. A grade point average of 2.75 in all baccalaureate course work
    2. A grade point average of 3.0 ("B") in professional education course work with no course grade in this area lower than "B-". Students can only discount one grade in the professional education courses. They can only repeat two of these courses.
  6. Course work taken at another institution, or more than seven years ago, is subject to approval by the chairs of both the Biology Department and the Department of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education.

Requirements for the B.A. in Biology - Integrated Teaching Track:

Lower-division requirements (53-61 units)

  1. BIOL 200. Biology of the Cell (5)
  2. BIOL 201. Biology of Organisms (5)
  3. BIOL 202. Biology of Populations (5)
  4. CHEM 215. General Chemistry I: Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding (6)
  5. CHEM 216. General Chemistry II: Principles of Chemical Reactions (6)
  6. Organic Chemistry
    • A minimum of nine units chosen from Group A or B below:
    • Group A
      • CHEM 221A. Organic Chemistry I (3)
      • CHEM 222A. Organic Chemistry II (3)
      • CHEM 223A. Organic Chemistry III (3)
    • Group B
      • CHEM 321. Principles of Organic Chemistry I (5)
      • CHEM 322. Principles of Organic Chemistry II (5)
      • CHEM 323. Principles of Organic Chemistry III (5)
  7. Four units chosen from:
    • MATH 192. Methods of Calculus (4)
    • MATH 211. Basic Concepts of Calculus (4)
  8. Physics
    • A minimum of thirteen units chosen from Group A or B below:
    • Group A
      • PHYS 121. Basic Concepts of Physics I (5)
      • PHYS 122. Basic Concepts of Physics II (4)
      • PHYS 123. Basic Concepts of Physics III (4)
    • Group B
      • PHYS 221. General Physics I (5)
      • PHYS 222. General Physics II (5)
      • PHYS 223. General Physics III (5)

Upper-division requirements (44-45 units)

  1. Five units chosen from:
    • ASTR 311. A Cosmic Perspective of Earth (5)
    • GEOL 309. Earth, the Blue Planet (5)
  2. BIOL 300. Cell Physiology (5)
  3. BIOL 321. Evolution (4)
  4. BIOL 400. Molecular Biology (5)
  5. BIOL 423. Genetics (5)
  6. BIOL 575F. Internship in Biology: Science Education (2)
  7. Five units chosen from
  8. Five or six units chosen from:
  9. Six units chosen from:
    • BIOL 323. Human Anatomy for Biology Majors (6)
    • BIOL 342. Biology of the Chordates (6)
  10. BIOL 597. Directed Study in Science Education (1) for a total of (2)

Education Courses (48 units)

  1. ESEC 405. Introduction to Secondary School Culture (4)
  2. ESEC 407. Secondary School Teaching (4)
  3. ESEC 410. Adolescent Development and Learning (4)
  4. ESEC 413. Language Interaction in the Classroom (4)
  5. ESEC 417. Educational Psychology: Instructional Theory, Assessment and Classroom Management (4)
  6. ESEC 419. Literacy Across the Curriculum (4)
  7. ESEC 506L. Curriculum and Instruction in Content Areas: Life and Physical Sciences (4)
  8. ESEC 550A. Student Teaching (2)
  9. The following courses must be taken together:
    • ESEC 512. Assessment Seminar: Designing Instruction (2)
    • ESEC 550B. Student Teaching (4)
  10. The following courses must be taken together:
    • ESEC 513. Assessment Seminar: Assessing Learning (2)
    • ESEC 514. Assessment Seminar: Culminating Teaching Experience (2)
    • ESEC 550C. Student Teaching (8)