2016-17 Catalog

Publication date June 2016

Biology Education Major (Early Adolescence-Adolescence Certification) - Bachelor of Science (BS)

Admission requirements for STEP Program

(Teacher certification program: early adolescence-adolescence certification)

40 credits: (59-62 total credits including CHM and MTH requirements)

Each student must have a minimum of three 400 level BIO credits (excluding BIO 450, 479, 489, 491, 495, and 499) to fulfill requirements of the major.

BIO 105General Biology4
BIO 203Organismal Biology4
BIO 306Genetics4
BIO 307Ecology3
BIO 315Cell Biology4
BIO 429Evolution3
BIO 469Teaching and Learning Science in the Secondary School4
BIO 491Capstone Seminar in Biology1
MIC 230Fundamentals of Microbiology4
Select nine credits of electives from the following: 1, 29
Introduction to Biological Data Analysis and Interpretation
Animal Biology
Introductory Plant Identification
Vertebrate Form and Function 3
Plant Biology
Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3, 4
Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3, 4
Ornithology
Economic Botany
Radiation Biology
Plant Physiology
Limnology
Curriculum and Assessment in Math and Science
Plant Taxonomy
Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants
Parasitology
Developmental Biology
Mycology
Medical Mycology
Freshwater Invertebrate Zoology
Quantitative Methods in Ecology
Ichthyology
Human Endocrinology
Advanced Nutrition for the Health Professions
Evolution
Biology of Cancer
Molecular Biology
Molecular Biology Laboratory
Plant Growth and Development
Plant Anatomy
Bioinformatics
Environmental Toxicology
Plant Microbe Interactions
Molecular Mechanism of Disease and Drug Action
Animal Behavior
Standard Methods\Quality Assurance Water Analyses
Advanced Microscopy and Biological Imaging
Plant Ecology
Comparative Animal Physiology
Stream and Watershed Ecology
Neurophysiology
Human Molecular Genetics
Neurobiology Laboratory Techniques
Human Molecular Genetics Lab
Marine Biology
Mammalogy
Current Topics in Biology Education
Service Learning in Biology
Fundamentals of Microbiology
Immunology
Bacterial Diversity
Food Microbiology
Immunology Laboratory
Introductory Virology
Industrial and Fermentation Microbiology
Fermentation Microbiology Laboratory
Aquatic Microbial Ecology
Select three semesters of chemistry, including: 15-18
CHM 103General Chemistry I 5
CHM 104General Chemistry II
And one of the following organic chemistry options:
Option 1:
Survey of Organic Chemistry
Option 2:
Organic Chemistry Theory I
and Organic Chemistry Theory II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Math requirement 4
Elementary Statistics
Total Credits59-62
1

Up to two credits of BIO 499 may count toward the major.

2

A maximum of two non-lab courses may be applied toward the biology major elective requirement, excluding BIO 490 and BIO 499.

3

A maximum of eight credits of BIO 303, BIO 312, BIO 313 can be applied to the major.

4

BIO 312 and BIO 313 are strongly recommended.

5

CHM 103 prerequisite includes MTH 150 or placement into MTH 151 or higher.

Teacher certification candidates must complete GEO 200 to fulfill statutory licensing requirements.

Additional teacher education requirements are listed in the STEP program core.

All students must complete the general education, college core (waived for teacher certification programs), major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR. 

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
  5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.
1

Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the assistant to the dean of their college for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Two samples plans are provided. These are merely samples and should be discussed with your adviser to determine the best route for you.

Sample Plan 1

Year 1
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIO 105 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4BIO 2034
MTH 150 (Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems)4CHM 103 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)5
EDS 203 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3EDS 206 (Gen Ed Minority Cultures)3
Gen Ed Arts2-3 
Semester 1 or 2: pass the basic skills test requirement prior to admission into the teacher education program.1  
 16 15
Year 2
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIO 3064Apply for admission to the STEP Program by 4th Monday of the semester.1 
CHM 1045CHM 3005
MTH 145 (Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems)4MIC 2304
Gen Ed Arts2-3EDS 3092
HIS 101 or 102 (Gen Ed World Hist)3GEO 200 (Gen Ed Global Studies)3
 PSY 2123
 18 17
Year 3
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIO 3154BIO 4293
BIO Elective (BIO 312 recommended)3-4BIO Elective (BIO 313 recommended)3-4
EDS 3192EDS 3514
Gen Ed Hum-Lit3PSY 3703
Gen Ed Health & Well Being3Gen Ed Elective3
 15 16
Year 4
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIO 3073Pre-requisite for student teaching includes GPA of 2.75 in each: combined cumulative, major, minor, and professional education sequence; and a passing score on the Praxis II content test.2 
BIO 4694EDS 49412
SPE 4013EDS 4921
BIO Elective to reach 40 credits in BIO2-3 
BIO 4911 
 14 13
Total Credits: 124

Sample Plan 2

Year 1
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIO 105 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4BIO 2034
CHM 103 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)5CHM 1045
ENG 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3MTH 151 (Gen Ed Math)4
EDS 203 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3
Semester 1 or 2: pass the basic skills test requirement prior to admission into the teacher education program.1  
 15 16
Year 2
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MTH 145 (Gen Ed Math)4Apply for admission to the STEP Program by 4th Monday of the semester.1 
CHM 3005MIC 2304
PSY 2123Gen Ed Humanities-Lit3
EDS 206 (Gem Ed Minority Cultures)3HIS 101 or 102 (Gen Ed World Hist)3
 Gen Ed Arts2-3
 15 12
Year 3
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIO 312 (or other Bio elective)4BIO 313 (or other Bio elective)4
BIO 3064BIO 3154
Gen Ed Health & Wellness3Gen Ed Arts2-3
Gen Ed Elective3EDS 3092
 EDS 3192
 14 14
Year 4
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIO 3073BIO 4911
GEO 200 (Gen Ed Global Studies)3BIO 4293
PSY 3703SPE 4013
EDS 3514BIO 4694
BIO Elective to total 40 credits in BIO1-3 
 14 11
Additional year
FallCredits 
Pre-requisite for student teaching includes GPA of 2.75 in each: combined cumulative, major, minor, and professional education sequence; and a passing score on the Praxis II content test.2  
EDS 4943-15 
EDS 4921 
 13  
Total Credits: 124
1

See the STEP Admissions website for details.

2

See the Office of Field Experience for details about applying to student teaching.

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