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Department of Biological Sciences

Secondary Science Education Program

This program leads to eligibility for teacher certification in Virginia and is available only to individuals holding a baccalaureate degree or completing requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Such candidates must meet the general education and subject-area requirements for teacher certification as well as the professional education sequence specified in the Undergraduate Catalog. Students completing the secondary education endorsement program may count these courses in lieu of the normal upper-division general education requirements.

Biology Secondary Education students must complete the following biology core courses with a grade of C (2.00) or better:

Biology Core: BIOL 115N, 116N, 291, 292, 293, 303, 405W

Additionally, to complete the subject-area requirements, the student must pass one course from each of the following categories with a C (2.00) or better:

Human Anatomy: BIOL 250
Botany: BIOL 308
Zoology: BIOL 307, 401, 420, 422, 424, 441, 458
Microbiology: BIOL 315

Required non-biology courses:

Chemistry: CHEM 121N/122N, CHEM 123N/124N, CHEM 211, CHEM 212
Ocean Earth & Atmospheric Sciences: OEAS 110N or 111N 
Physics: PHYS 111N 
Statistics and Math: STAT 130M, MATH 200

A minimum of 128 semester hours and a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 are required for the secondary education option in the Bachelor of Science degree in biology.

Biology Secondary Education requirements are detailed on the Biology Secondary Education curriculum sheet; choose your catalog year for the correct curriculum information. Students should also contact Ms. Nola Nicholson in Teacher Education Services for advising about the education portion of the degree program or visit www.odu.edu/tes for more information.

Students who do not complete the Biology Secondary Education concentration but wish to pursue secondary teaching licensure should contact Teacher Education Services regarding options such as the Post-Baccalaureate Endorsement Program or Masters Degree in Secondary Education with licensure.  Biology majors with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher who are interested in completing a Masters of Science in Secondary Education should consider applying for the Teacher Immersion Residency Program.





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