Biology Secondary Education Concentration

The Towson UTeach program offers a concentration in secondary education for biology majors training to be middle and high school science teachers.

Students

Biology majors in the secondary education concentration are eligible, upon graduation, to apply for certification to teach biology (grades 7-12) in the state of Maryland and in states sharing reciprocity. Students in this concentration should be prepared to do their student teaching experience in their senior year.

The biology secondary education concentration requires 125–137 units. The 98–110 units in the major field, including those required for Towson UTeach, must all be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in the major field and an overall GPA of 2.50 are required for student teaching.

Required Content Courses (58-70 units)

Course Number Course Name
BIOL 200 and BIOL 200L Introduction to Cellular Biology and Genetics (3 lecture units and 1 lab unit) [satisfies core curriculum 8]
BIOL 202 Introduction to Ecology and Evolution (4 units)
BIOL 204 Educational and Career Planning for the Biologist (1 unit)
BIOL 309 Genetics (4 units)
BIOL 205 General Botany (4 units)
BIOL 207 General Zoology (4 units)
BIOL 408 or
BIOL 409
Cell Biology (4 units) or
Molecular Biology (4 units)
BIOL 325
or both
BIOL 221 and
BIOL 221L
and
BIOL 222 and
BIOL 222L
Animal Physiology (4 units)
or both
Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3 units) and
Human Anatomy & Physiology I Laboratory (1 unit)
and
Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3 units) and
Human Anatomy & Physiology II Laboratory (1 unit)
BIOL elective Choose an elective from list (3–4 units) see below
SCIE 380 Teaching Science in the Secondary School (3 units)
CHEM 131 and CHEM 131L General Chemistry I (3 units) and
General Chemistry I Laboratory (1 unit) [combination satisfies core curriculum 7]
CHEM 132 and CHEM 132L General Chemistry II (3 units) and
General Chemistry II Laboratory (1 unit)
CHEM 330
or
CHEM 331 and
CHEM 332
Essentials of Organic Chemistry (5 units)
or
Organic Chemistry I (5 units) and
Organic Chemistry II (5 units)

MATH 211
or 
MATH 237 
or
MATH 273

Calculus for Applications (3 units) [satisfies core curriculum 3] or Elementary Biostatistics (4 units) [satisfies core curriculum 3]
or Calculus I (4 units) [satisfies core curriculum 3] 
PHYS 211 or
PHYS 241
General Physics I – non-calculus based (4 units) or
General Physics I – calculus based (4 units)
ASTR 161 or
GEOG 377 or
GEOL 121 or
GEOL 123
Astronomy (4 units) or
Meteorology (3 units) or
Physical Geology (4 units) or
Historical Geology (4 units)

Required Towson UTeach Courses (40 units) 

Course Number Course Name
SEMS 110 Introduction to STEM Teaching I: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching (1 unit)
SEMS 120 Introduction to STEM Teaching II: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design (1 unit)
SEMS 130

Combination of Introduction to STEM Teaching I & II: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design (2 units) [not available to freshmen]

SEMS 230 Knowing and Learning (3 units)
SEMS 240 Classroom Interactions (3 units)
SEMS 250 Perspectives on Science and Math (3 units) [satisfies core curriculum 5]
SEMS 360 Research Methods (3 units) [satisfies core curriculum 9]
SEMS 370 Project-Based Instruction (3 units)
SEMS 498 Internship in Mathematics and Science Secondary Education (3 units)
SCIE 393 Internship in Secondary Education – Science (12 units)
SCIE 430 Seminar in Student Teaching – Science (1 unit)
SCED 460 Using Reading & Writing in the Secondary Schools (4 units)
SCED 461 Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Areas (3 units)

Additional Required Courses to Satisfy the Core Curriculum (27 units)

Course Number Course Name
TSEM 102 Towson Seminar (3 units) [satisfies core curriculum 1]
ENGL 102 Writing for a Liberal Education (3 units) [satisfies core curriculum 2]
PSYC 101 or
SOCI 101
Introduction to Psychology (3 units) or
Introduction to Sociology (3 units) [either satisfies core curriculum 6]
EDUC 202 Historical and Contemporary Perspectives: America’s Urban Schools (3 units) [satisfies core curriculum 10]

EDUC 203 suggested

Teaching and Learning in a Diverse Society (3 units) [satisfies core curriculum 13]
  Courses to satisfy Core Curriculum Categories: 4, 11, 12, 14 [12 units]
Note: If one of MATH 211, MATH 237, MATH 273 is not taken in the Required Content Courses, then a course satisfying core curriculum 3 must be taken.

Biology Elective Choices List — choose one

Course Number Course Name
BIOL 301 Field and Natural Science (3 units)
BIOL 304 Natural History Interpretation and Public Environmental Education (3 units)
BIOL 310 Environmental Conservation (4 units)
BIOL 315 Medical Microbiology (4 units)
BIOL 318 Microbiology (4 units)
BIOL 334 Humans, Science and the Chesapeake Bay (3 units)
BIOL 347 Marine Biology (3 units)
BIOL 353 Invertebrate Zoology (4 units)
BIOL 371 Animal Behavior (4 units)
BIOL 382 Environmental Education and Service Learning in the Tropics (3 units)
BIOL 402 General Ecology (4 units)
BIOL 405 Molecular Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (4 units)
BIOL 406 Limnology (4 units)
BIOL 413 Evolution (3 units)
BIOL 435 Plant Ecology (4 units)
BIOL 446 Tropical Ecology and Conservation (3 units)
BIOL 447 Tropical Field Ecology (4 units)
BIOL 452 Wetland Ecology (4 units)
BIOL 455 Fish Biology (4 units)
BIOL 456 Ornithology (4 units)
BIOL 458 Mammalogy (4 units)
BIOL 461 Entomology (4 units)
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