2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    Nov 27, 2022  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biological Sciences, BS, Concentration: Biology Teaching

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About the Program

The Biology Teaching concentration is intended for students who are interested in becoming high school biology teachers. It is a comprehensive program that ensures that the student has a solid understanding of the entire field of Biology as well as an extensive knowledge of teaching modern methods.

Degree Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C required for all BIOL courses
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation
  • Students must pass the state content test in Biology and the pedagogy test

PNW General Education Core (30 Credits)

Biological Sciences Electives (8-9 Credits)

Choose one course from GROUP A (Ecology and Evolution) and one from GROUP B (Molecular, Cellular). If needed, a third course can be chosen from either group.

Total 120 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of C required for all BIOL courses (unless otherwise noted); 2.0 GPA

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Courses that are only offered on one campus will be noted by an (H) for Hammond, or (W) for Westville.

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 8 (12 Credits)

Additional Information and Guidelines

Note 1: Additional GPA Requirements for BS Biology Degree: Minimum 2.0 GPA for all biology core and biology required courses.

Note 2: Minimum grade of C- required.

Note 3: Students need to take the Indiana content test in Biology for secondary educator licensure.

Note 4: Minimum grade of B- required.

Note 5: Students need to take the pedagogy area assessment test for secondary education licensure.

Note 6: Students must obtain a grade of P (pass)


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

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For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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