Biology - Secondary Certification

The Department of Biological Sciences, in conjunction with the College of Education and Human Services, offers a curriculum for certification in Secondary Education in Kentucky. Students must follow the prescribed curriculum in the Biological Sciences and Education. Students must apply for admission to Teacher Education and, admission to Student Teaching through Teacher Education Services. Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.75 in the major and successfully complete the CASE in order to qualify for Admission to Teacher Education. Information about other requirements for admission is provided by Teacher Education Services. The courses in the curriculum are designed specifically to prepare students for teaching and successful completion of the PRAXIS II exam. Students usually take the PRAXIS exam in their final degree-year. Information regarding the exam requirements and when it is offered can be obtained from Teacher Education Services. 

Suggested Curriculum Outline, BS in Biology/Secondary Certification

For First-Time Freshman

Course Credit Hours
Fall Year 1 15 total hours
BIO 115 The Cellular Basis of Life 3
MAT 150 Algebra & Trigonometry 5
ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing and Inquiry 3
COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
   
Spring Year 1 14 total hours
BIO 216 Biological Inquiry and Analysis 4
PHY 130/131 General Physics I with lab 4
PSY 180 General Psychology 3
EDU 180 Exploring the Teaching Profession 3
   
Fall Year 2 16 total hours
BIO 222 Botany: Plant Form & Function or BIO 221 Zoology: Animal Form and Function 4
PHY 132/133 General Physics II with Lab 4
CHE 201 General College Chemistry 5
EDU 280 Educating for Human Development 3
   
Spring Year 2 15 total hours
BIO 222 Botany: Plant Form & Function or BIO 221 Zoology: Animal Form and Function 4
CHE 202 General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis 5
CIV 201/202 World Civilizations & Cultures I or II 3
HUM 211 The Western Humanities Tradition 3
   
Fall Year 3 16 total hours
BIO 300 Introduction to Microbiology 4
BIO 330 Ecology 4
CHE 312 Organic Chemistry I with lab 5
Social & Self-Awareness Elective (BIO 308 recommended) 3
   
Spring Year 3 13 total hours
BIO 333 Genetics 4
BIO 483 Undergraduate Teaching Methods I (recommended) 3
CHE 320 Organic Chemistry II 3
EDU 380 Inclusive Teaching of Diverse Learners 3
   
Fall Year 4 12 total hours
BIO 322 Animal Physiology 4
BIO 499 Senior Seminar 1
EDU 480 Effective Pedagogy 2
SEC 420 Practicum, Secondary School 2
XXX XXX Global Awareness Elective 3
Note: EDU 480 and SEC 420 must be taken concurrently  
   
Spring Year 4 13 total hours
BIO 320 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 5
EDU 485 Professional Perspectives for Teaching 1
CHE 330 Basic Biochemistry 3
SEC 422 Extended Practicum 4
   
Fall Year 5 14 total hours
SEC 421 Student Teaching in Secondary School 14


For Transfer Students with an Associate's of Science degree

Note, this pathway follows the pre-Biology Curriculum from WKCTC. It assumes that students have taken courses that will transfer as Murray State's BIO 115, BIO 216, CHE 201, CHE 202, MAT 150 and PHY 130/131. See Murray State Transfer Equivalency Tool to help you figure out how courses transfer from your current institution.

Course Credit Hours
Fall Year 1 Post Associate's Degree
16 total hours
BIO 221 Zoology: Animal Form & Function 4
BIO 222 Botany: Plant Form & Function 4
CHE 312 Organic Chemistry I & Lab 5
EDU 180 Exploring the Teaching Profession 3
   
Spring Year 1 Post Associate's Degree 14 total hours
BIO 300 Microbiology 4
CHE 320 Organic Chemistry II 3
EDU 280 Educating for Human Development 3
PHY 132/133 General Physics II & Lab 4
   
Fall Year 2 Post Associate's Degree 17 total hours
BIO 300 Ecology 4
BIO 308 Ethics in Biology 3
BIO 333 Genetics 4
PSY 180 General 3
EDU 380 Inclusive Teaching for Diverse Learners 3
   
Spring Year 2 Post Associate's Degree 12 total hours
BIO 320 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 5
BIO 483 Undergraduate Teaching Methods I (recommended) 3
EDU 480 Effective Pedagogy 2
SEC 420 Practicum, Secondary School 2
Note: EDU 480 & SEC 420 must be taken concurrently  
   
Fall Year 3 Post Associate's Degree 13 total hours
BIO 322 Animal Physiology 4
BIO 499 Senior Seminar 1
CHE 330 Basic Biochemistry 3
EDU 485 Professional Perspectives for Teaching 1
SEC 422 Extended Practicum 4
   
Spring Year 3 Post Associate's Degree 14 total hours
SEC 421 Student Teaching in Secondary School 14

NOTE: All secondary education in biology majors must have an education advisor and a biology secondary education advisor. Your education advisor will inform you of the education requirements that you must complete to gain admittance to the secondary education program and to become certified.

For More Information Please Contact:

Dr. Terry Derting
Department of Biological Sciences
2112 Biology Building
Murray, KY 42071-3346
tderting@murraystate.edu
270.809.2786

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