College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Biology

Five Year BS/MS Education and Secondary Certification

The five year BS/MS Biology-Education program is designed for students who wish to become certified middle or secondary school science teachers.  This program incorporates the four year BS degree in Biology with additional work during the summer and in a fifth year to complete a MS in Secondary Education and to become certified.  Given the numerous course requirements for the dual degrees and the certification, it is important that students talk with their advisors about this program early in their careers to ensure that they are taking appropriate courses.  The curriculum listed below is meant as a guide; each student’s course of study may vary somewhat from this. Students interested in this program should speak with Dr. Julia Lee, advisor for the five-year program in Biology Education. You can reach her via phone at (610) 660-1820 or by e-mail at

B.S. in Biology, M.S. in Education and secondary certification

Course Requirement

Freshmen CHM 120: General Chemistry with Lab CHM 125: General Chemistry with Lab
  First-Year Seminar MAT 125 Applied Calculus
  ENG 101 Craft of Language ENG 102 Texts & Contexts
  Foreign Language Foreign Language
  BIO 101: Cells and Cells Lab BIO 102: Genetics and Genetics Lab
Sophomore BIO 201: Organismal Biology Biology Elective
  CHM 210: Organic Chemistry with Lab CHM 215:Organic Chemistry with Lab
  PHL 154: Moral Foundations THE 154: Faith, Justice and the Catholic Tradition
  Math 128: Applied Statistics Social Sciences Requirement
  Elective EDU 160/160F: Schools in Society
  BIO 2281 Biol Seminar BIO 2281 Biol Seminar
Junior Biology Elective Biology Elective
  PHY 101: Introductory Physics with Lab PHY 102: Introductory Physics with Lab
  PHL: Philisophical Anthropology  Theology-Religious Differences Course
  HIS 100: Forging the Modern World Elective
  EDU 157/157F: Adolescent Development Elective
  BIO 2281 Biol Seminar BIO 2281 Biol Seminar
     - Apply to the MS in Education with certification in Biology
 - Take praxis I- Reading, Writing, and Math (
Senior Biology Elective Biology Elective
  Biology Elective Biology Elective
  Faith and Reason Course Art/Lit Course
  SPE 160-160F: Introduction to Special Education Elective
EDU 647/647F: Literacy and Learning  EDU 646/646F: Language and Culture
  BIO 2281 Biol Seminar BIO 2281 Biol Seminar
  Take praxis  II: Biology-Content Knowledge (  - Submit praxis scores and BS transcript to Director of Grad. Education Programs
 - Apply to Teacher Certification Programs by June 1st
 - Submit application for student teaching by June 1st
5th Yr (Summer) Biology Graduate Research (6 credits)  
5th Yr SPE 602/602F: Diagnostic Assessment and Progr. Monitor. EDU 691:Student Teaching (6 credits)
  EDU618/618F: Instructional Techniques SPE 612: Inclusive Environments
  Graduate Biology Elective  Apply for certification
  Graduate Biology Research