Biology Education 6-12 (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.


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On-Campus: January 10, 2022

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Courses & Requirements:

General Education & Degree 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
Ecologist
Biotechnologist
Research Scientist
Biologist

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231