Biology

Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, Secondary Education Specialization

To satisfy Kansas State Department of Education requirements for teaching certification in Biology (6-12), the State-approved program of the Biology Department at Washburn University requires that candidates fulfill the following requirements (updated July 8, 2016):

  • Completion of the field-specific courses required by the Biology Department (as listed below) or substitutions thereof, approved by the University Officer in the Education Department, in consultation with the Biology Department,
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale) in the teaching field courses,
  • Successful completion of the State competency test for certification in Biology.

BS in Biology, Secondary Education Specialization Degree Requirements

BS in Biology, Secondary Education Specialization Degree Requirements (updated July 8, 2016):

Course Number
Course Name
Credit Hours
A. Biology, Secondary Education Specialization (BiED) Core Courses (20 cr hr):
BI 102
General Cellular Biology
5
BI 103
General Organismal Biology
5
BI 301
General Microbiology
4
BI 333
General Genetics
4
BI 390
Biology Seminar
1
BI 395
Biology Research
1
 
B. Required Supporting Courses for BiED Majors (18 cr hr minimum):
Students must complete the following courses to satisfy Kansas Teaching Standards. Indicated courses may be substituted by course listed under Course Substitutions.
BI 155
Sexually Transmitted Diseases*
1
BI 202
Biology of Behavior
3
BI 250
Introduction to Human Anatomy**
3
BI 255
Human Physiology †
4
BI 310
Ecology ‡
4
BI 340
Evolutionary Biology
3
Course Substitutions
BI 275
Human Anatomy** (substitute for BI 250)
4
BI 325
Microbiology of Human Disease* (substitute for BI 155)*
5
BI 300
Field Biology ‡ (substitute for BI 310)
3
BI 330
Animal Physiology † (substitute for BI 255)
4
 
C. Required Natural Science Correlate Courses for BiED Majors (31 cr hr):
CH 151
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
5
CH 152
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
5
CH 340
Organic Chemistry I
3
CH 342
Organic Chemistry I Lab
2
MA 140
  or MA 151
Statistics 
  or Calculus & Analytical Geometry I
3
  or 5
PS 261
PS 262
College Physics I
College Physics II
5
5
  OR
PS 281
PS 282
General Physics I
General Physics II
5
5
 
D. Courses that may be used to fulfill the 30 Natural Science Minor, CH emphasis, (5 cr hr CH):
CH 341/343
Organic Chemistry II (with lab)
5
  or
5 cr hr of upper division CH
 
E. University and General Education Requirements (30 cr hr):
EN 101
Freshman Composition
3
EN 300
Junior Composition
3
MA 116
College Algebra
3
WU 101
Washburn Experience
3
Humanities
(must take CN 150 Public Speaking and 3 cr hr of Performing Arts)
9
Social Sciences
(must take HI 111, HI 112, and AN 112)
9
 
F. Professional Education Requirements (39 cr hr):
ED 150
EPIC Experience I
1
ED 200
Educational Psychology
3
ED 225
Becoming an Ed Professional
3
ED 300
Integrating Technology
3
ED 302
Exceptional Learners
3
ED 350
Content Methods
3
ED 385
Foundations
3
ED 400
Understanding the School
2
ED 402
Struggling Learners
2
ED 405
Classroom Management
1
ED 410
Secondary Student Teaching
12
RD 484
Reading in Content Areas
3