Five Year Combined B.S. in Biology/M.S. in Education Option
For students who entered SJU before the fall of 2010, or transfer students who entered SJU in the fall of 2010 with 15 or more credits:
This program allows a student to complete in five years the requirements for both the B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Education degrees with certification to teach biology by permitting an undergraduate student to begin graduate coursework in Education during his/her senior year. The program features: (1) an independent faculty-directed research project in biology in the summer between the fourth and fifth years, (2) two graduate courses in biology, and (3) seven graduate courses in education, including a one semester student teaching experience. A student should apply to the Chair of the Department of Biology for admission to this program by the second semester of his/her junior year at the latest. It is anticipated that the graduates of this program will be highly competitive in the rapidly expanding market for qualified high school biology teachers.
For students who entered SJU in the fall of 2010 or later, or transfer students who entered SJU in the fall of 2010 with 14 or fewer credits:
The Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements and program of study sequence for students under the GEP have not yet been finalized. This section of the catalog will be updated as soon as the requirements are in place. Students interested in the five year program should speak to their academic advisors and to Chair of the Department of Biology as early in their academic careers as possible.