B.A. in Biology with Teacher Certification 7-12 - College of Mount Saint Vincent
Division of Natural Sciences

B.A. in Biology with Teacher Certification 7-12

Please note: The College has suspended admission to this program. The following information is for continuing students enrolled in the program. Please view our new joint B.A. in Biology/M.S. in Adolescent and Special Education.

Degree Requirements

In conjunction with the Department of Teacher Education, the Biology Program offers a B.A. in biology with grades 7-12 teacher certification. Students interested in this program should apply to the Department of Teacher Education in their freshman year.

College Core Requirements 40 credits*
Biology Major 55 credits
    Biology Core Courses 19 credits
    BIOL 111-112 General Biology I and II (8 credits)
    BIOL 217 Genetics (4 credits)
    BIOL 223 Ecology (4 credits)
    BIOL 403-404 Biology Colloquium (3 credits)
    BIOL Electives 11 credits
    Cognate Requirements 25 credits 
    CHEM 120-121 General Chemistry (8 credits)
    CHEM 219-220 Organic Chemistry (6 credits)
    MATH 102 Mathematical Modeling (3 credits)
    PHYS 207-208 General Physics (8 credits)
Education Courses 34 credits
    EDUC 211 Education and Society (3 credits)
    EDUC 212 Psychology of Teaching and Learning (3 credits)
    EDUC 327 Teaching Literacy in the Inclusive Classroom (3 credits)
    EDUC 340 Introduction to Students with Disabilities (3 credits)
    EDUC 364 Teaching Science in Middle and
Secondary School
(3 credits)
    EDUC 366 Practicum IV (2 credits)
    EDUC 425 Student Teaching in Secondary Education (7 credits)
    EDUC 428 Assessment and Remediation of
Literacy Disabilities
(3 credits)
    EDUC 304 Health Education in Schools (1 credit)
    COMM 210 Public Speaking (3 credits)
    PSYC 346 Adolescent Psychology (3 credits)
TOTAL 129 credits

*Nine core credits in Natural Science and Mathematics may be satisfied with major requirements.

*Students completing the Adolescent Education Certification program should consult with their academic and education advisors to determine selection of core courses needed to fulfill New York State Department of Education requirements for certification.

Sample Program

B.A. in Biology with Teacher Certification 7-12 (129 credits)

Year 1

ENGL 110 Writing in Context I (fall) 3 credits
ENGL 120 Writing in Context II (spring) 3 credits
FSEM 115 Freshman Seminar 1 credit
MATH 102 Mathematical Modeling 3 credits
Core Courses 6 credits
CHEM 120-121 General Chemistry I and II 8 credits
BIOL 111-112 General Biology I and II 8 credits
TOTAL 32 credits

Year 2

Modern Language and Literature Core 6 credits
BIOL 223 Ecology 4 credits
BIOL 217 Genetics 4 credits
CHEM 219-220 Organic Chemistry I and II 6 credits
Core Courses 3 credits
EDUC 211 Education and Society 3 credits
EDUC 212 Psychology of Teaching and Learning 3 credits
EDUC 340 Intro to Students with Disabilities 3 credits
TOTAL 32 credits

Year 3

Core Courses 6 credits
BIOL Electives 3 credits
EDUC 304 Health Education in Schools 1 credits
EDUC 327 Teaching Literacy in the Inclusive Secondary Classroom 3 credits
EDUC 364 Teaching Science in Middle and Secondary School 3 credits
EDUC 366 Practicum IV 2 credits
COMM 210 Public Speaking 3 credits
PSYC 346 Adolescent Psychology 3 credits
PHYS 207-208 General Physics 8 credits
TOTAL 32 credits

Year 4

Core Courses 12 credits
BIOL 403-404 Biology Colloquium 3 credits
BIOL Electives 8 credits
EDUC 425 Student Teaching in Secondary Education 7 credits
EDUC 428 Assessment and Remediation of Literacy Disabilities 3 credits
TOTAL 33 credits

Total Credits for Graduation – 129