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 BC 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 100 hours of actual classroom observations beginning 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 College graduates. If you aspire to become a passionate teacher of biology and other science courses who wants to change the world, Bluefield College 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 College.

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 for the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

On-Campus: Spring Semester 2021

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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


  • Bluefield Core (9 Credits)
    • Invitation to Inquiry
    • Character Formation
    • Civic & Global Response
    • Personal Wellness & Lab
  • English (6 Credits)
    • Intro to the Writing Process
    • Argumentative & Analytical Writing
  • Christian Studies (3 Credits)
    • Biblical Perspectives
  • Fine Arts (3 Credits) (Choose 1)
    • Drawing I
    • Art Appreciation
    • Theatre Appreciation
    • Music Appreciation
  • History (6 Credits)
    • Survey of American History I or II
    • World Civilizations I or II
  • Literature (3 Credits)
    • 2000 Level Literature Course (Various Options)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • Math (10 Credits)
    • College Algebra I
    • Precalculus
    • Intro to Statistics
  • Science (8 Credits)
    • General Chemistry & Lab I
    • General Chemistry & Lab II
  • Social Science (3 Credits)
    • Introduction to Psychology
  • Speech (3 Credits)
    • Fundamentals of Speech
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 (10 Field Hours)
  • Foundations of Education (10 Field Hours)
  • Intro to Instructional Media & Technology
  • Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction in Secondary Schools (25 Field Hours)
  • Intro to the Exceptional Child (10 Field Hours)
  • Teaching Reading in the Content Area (Must be admitted to TEP)
Field Experiences (15 Credits)

  • Dynamic Learning Environments (20 Field Hours)
    • Must be admitted to TEP program – Must be taken prior to Student Teaching
  • Student Teaching
    • Taken in the final semester, must be admitted to TEP
Required Testing (3 Tests)

  • Core Testing (Must satisfy 1 or the below criteria)
    • PRAXIS Core Math (150 or greater)
    • SAT Math Score (560 or greater) (Composite 1170 or greater)
    • ACT Math Score (22 or greater) (Composite 24 or greater)
    • EDU 0111 Math Skills for Teachers & PRAXIS Core (146 or greater)
  • Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment
  • PRAXIS II Biology: Content Knowledge
Total Credits: 147

Take a look at some of the career opportunities available to graduates of this program:

Middle/High School Biology Teacher
Ecologist
Biotechnologist
Research Scientist
Biologist
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