Biological Sciences Education

Major Requirements

Major: Biological Sciences Education

Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 140

University Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the curriculum in which one is enrolled.
  2. Earn a minimum total of 120 credits in approved coursework.  Some academic programs exceed this minimum.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the general education requirements as specific by the university.
  4. A minimum institutional GPA of 2.00 based on work taken at NDSU.
  5. At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses number 300 or higher.
  6. Transfer Students: Must earn a minimum of 60 credits from a baccalaureate-degree granting or professional institituion. 
    1. Of these 60, at least 36 must be NDSU residence credits as defined in #7.
    2. Within the 36 resident credits, a minimum of 15 must be in courses numbered 300 or higher and 15 credits in the major field of study.
  7. At least 36 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Residence credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.

For complete information, please refer to the Degree and Graduation Requirements section of this Bulletin.

University General Education Requirements

Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39
  •  A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.

Major Requirements

Biological Sciences Education Requirements
BIOL 189Skills for Academic Success 11
ENGL 324Writing in the Sciences (May satisfy general education category C)3
GEOL 105
105L
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab (May satisfy general education category G)
4
MATH 146Applied Calculus I (May satisfy general education category R)4
Teaching Specialty Requirements
BIOC 260Elements of Biochemistry4
BIOL 124
124L
Environmental Science
and Environmental Science Laboratory
4
BIOL 150
150L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Laboratory
4
BIOL 151
151L
General Biology II
and General Biology II Laboratory
4
BIOL 220
220L
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
4
BIOL 221
221L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
4
BIOL 252Plant and Animal Diversity3
BIOL 315
315L
Genetics
and Genetics Laboratory
4
BIOL 364General Ecology3
BIOL 359Evolution3
BIOL 370Cell Biology3
BIOL 491Seminar (Capstone)2
Biology Elective300-400 Level Elective3
CHEM 121
121L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHEM 122
122L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
4
CHEM 240Survey of Organic Chemistry3
GEOL 106
106L
The Earth Through Time
and The Earth Through Time Lab
4
PHYS 211
211L
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
4
PHYS 212
212L
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
4
STAT 330Introductory Statistics3
Computer Science ElectiveElective3
Professional Education Requirements
EDUC 321Introduction to Teaching3
EDUC 322Educational Psychology3
EDUC 451Instructional Planning, Methods and Assessment3
EDUC 481Classroom Practice Methods of Teaching I: (Science)3
EDUC 485Student Teaching Seminar1
EDUC 486Classroom Management for Diverse Learners3
EDUC 487Student Teaching9
EDUC 488Applied Student Teaching3
EDUC 489Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds3
Total Credits117

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • Courses taken P/F may not be used to satisfy any requirements.
  • GPA of 2.75 or better in the teaching specialty is required for placement in student teaching and exit from the program.
  • A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in all Professional Education Requirement courses.
  • A GPA of 2.75 or better in professional education as well as passing the appropriate Praxis II exam are required to exit the program.
  • See School of Education for admission requirements.