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Biology Education (BS) Program Overview

Do you love hands-on lab work? Do you dream of teaching biology and other science classes to middle or high school students? If you answered yes, then the biology education major at BU is the program for you. Biology education majors study the world at the cellular level and build upon that knowledge to encompass all living things and their ecosystems. You’ll also immerse yourself in education classes, where experienced professors break down the science and art of teaching so you can become a skilled teacher. And you’ll begin actual classroom observations early in your studies.

Expand Your Horizons

Located in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, our campus offers the ideal location for a nature-loving biology student to explore the regional ecology. Southwestern Virginia is home to wonderful communities with good schools. As a biology education major, you’ll gain experience through student teaching in local schools, which often hire Bluefield University graduates. If you aspire to become a passionate teacher of biology and other science courses who wants to change the world, Bluefield University is the smart choice. We hope you’ll schedule a visit to learn more about what the School of Education and the Department of Biology have to offer you.

The Academic Catalog is the student guide to all policies and procedures for Bluefield University.

The Teacher Education Handbook is the guide to all of the policies and procedures for students entering the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

The Student Teaching Handbook is the primary resource for all students in the culminating experience of the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

Tuition: On-Campus Tuition & Fees
Next Start: August 2024 (On-Campus)
Time to Complete: 4 years

Available Grants & Scholarships

Courses & Requirements

Bachelor's Degree (BS)
General Education (57 Credits)

General Education requirements may be fulfilled in more specific courses for certain majors

  • Invitation to Inquiry
  • Character Formation
  • Civic & Global Response
  • Personal Wellness & Activity
  • Intro to the Writing Process (3 Credits)
  • Argumentative & Analytical Writing (3 Credits)
  • Biblical Perspectives (3 Credits)
  • Survey of American History I or II (3 Credits)
  • World Civilizations I or II (3 Credits)
  • 2000 Level Literature Course (3 Credits)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • College Algebra I
  • Precalculus
  • Intro to Statistics
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits)
  • Fine Arts (3 Credits)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (3 Credits)
  • General Chemistry & Lab I & II (8 Credits)
Major Requirements (58 Credits)

  • Fundamentals of Biology & Lab
  • Anatomy & Physiology & Lab I
  • Anatomy & Physiology & Lab II
  • Zoology
  • Botany
  • Microbiology
  • Ecology
  • Science Colloquium
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Senior Seminar
  • Teaching Secondary Science
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • General Physics
  • Introduction to the Physical Sciences & Lab
Professional Education (17 Credits)

  • Human Growth & Development for Educators
  • Foundations of Education
  • Intro to Instructional Media & Technology
  • Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction in Secondary Schools
  • Intro to the Exceptional Child
  • Teaching Reading in the Content Area
Field Experiences (15 Credits)

  • Dynamic Learning Environments
    • (Must be taken prior to Student Teaching)
  • Student Teaching
    • (Taken in the final semester)
Required Testing (2 Tests)

  • Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment
  • PRAXIS II Biology: Content Knowledge
Total Credits: 147

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

Middle/High School Biology Teacher
Research Scientist
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