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Biology: Teacher Certification

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

The Biology: Teacher Certification (BA/BS) degree is paired with teacher certification courses to prepare the graduate for employment as a biology teacher in Alabama secondary schools. The content area coursework provides a strong background in the biological sciences, while the certification courses provided by the Department of Education provide the pedagogical background and experience to start a teaching career with confidence. 

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Program Facts

Program Format

On Campus

Academic Term

Spring, Summer and Fall semesters

Number of Credits

120 hours

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Sample Courses

BY308 Seminar in Biology  

1 Credits

Use of the library and methods of literature search including computer access of literature databases. May be repeated for a maximum of three semester hour credit. Prerequisites: BY212 or BY222. 

BY340 Microbiology

4 Credits

Concepts and techniques relating to the morphology, taxonomy, physiology, and culture methods of microbes, with emphasis on those of special importance to humans. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: BY103 or BY104.

BY380 Genetics

4 Credits

Basic principles of heredity and their significance. Three lecture and three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: BY212, BY222 and CH111. 

Career Outlook

The Biology: Teacher Certification Major produces graduates that are well prepared to step into a career teaching secondary biology. The West Alabama region is in high need of teachers in all areas of science and technology and graduates of this program can expect to enter a market rich in opportunities. In addition, few occupations are more fulfilling and provide as much opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. Beginning teachers in Alabama schools typically make $38,000, while the addition of a Masters degree may raise pay to $44,000. 

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