Biology

Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology For Secondary Certification

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:

  • 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.

The B.S. Degree in Biology for Secondary Certification requirements are:

  • University requirements:
    • EN 101 (3), EN 300 (3), KN 198 (2)
  • General Education Credits:
    • Humanities and Performing Arts (9 total credits)
    • Social Sciences (9 total credits), must include the following:
      • HI 111 (3)
      • HI 112 (3)
      • AN 112 (3)
  • Biology courses as described below:
  • Natural Science Correlate courses as described below:
  • Professional Education courses as described below:
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
A. Biology Core Courses
BI 102 General Cellular Biology 5
BI 105 General Botany 4
BI 110 General Zoology 4
BI 301 General Microbiology 4
BI 333 General Genetics 4
BI 390 Biology Seminar 1
BI 395 Biology Research 1
  Total Biology Core Courses 23
 
B. At least 21 Additional Credit Hours of Biology (18 of which must be upper division courses) to be taken from categories C and D below.
 
C. Required Biology Teacher Education Courses

BI 155 OR
BI 325

Sexually Transmitted Diseases OR
Microbiology of Human Diseases

OR
5

BI 202 Biology of Behavior 3
BI 250 OR
BI 275 
Introduction to Human Anatomy OR
Human Anatomy
OR
4
BI 255 Human Physiology 4
BI 310 Ecology 4
BI 340 Evolutionary Biology 3
  Total Teacher Education Courses 18-23
 
D. Biology Elective(s) (11 upper division credit hours) from the following list, unless BI 325 was taken instead of BI 155 in section C above:
BI 300 Field Biology 3
BI 302 Entomology 4
BI 303 Invertebrate Zoology 4
BI 305 Parasitology 4
BI 315 Vertebrate Zoology 4
BI 324 Systematic Botany 3
BI 325 Microbiology of Human Diseases 5
BI 328 Plant Anatomy & Physiology 3
BI 330 Animal Physiology 4
BI 343 Human Genetics 2
BI 353 Molecular Genetics 3
BI 354 Molecular Biology Laboratory 3
BI 355 Developmental Biology 5
BI 357 Histology 4
BI 360 Human Cadaver Dissection 3
BI 362 Immunology 3
BI 370 Virology 3
BI 380 Special Topics in Biology 1-3
BI 389 Biology Literature Review 2
   
E. Required Natural Science Correlate Courses
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 116
MA 117 OR
MA 140
College Algebra 
Trigonometry OR
Statistics
3
3
3
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
  Total Natural Science Correlate Courses 31
 
F. B.S. majors must complete a 30-hour minor in Natural Sciences, with 20 hours in one Department
 
G. Professional Education Requirements
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 385 Foundations 3
ED 400 Understanding the School 2
ED 402 Struggling Learners 2
ED 405 Classroom Managment 1
ED 410 Secondary Student Teaching 12
ED 350 Content Methods 3
RD 484 Reading in Content Areas 3
  Total Professional Education Courses 39