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Biological Sciences

Science Education

This degree track prepares students for licensure to teach Biology and General Sciences in High School.

Earn A Bachelor of Science in Science Education.

Combine your passion for biology and education — develop the skills you need to teach the next generation of students about science.

Demand for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) teachers in middle and high schools is high, and it will only continue to grow. This degree track is designed for students interested in meeting that growing demand by pursuing teacher licensure in secondary education.

The Science Education track includes professional education courses to supplement science courses and give the student a strong foundation to pass on the love of science to the next generation. Students who follow this curriculum will be eligible for certification in Biology and General Sciences (Grades 7-12).

All students graduating from Mississippi College with a Bachelors degree regardless of major must take the University Core Courses. There are specific requirements for education majors relative to the university core. Please consult with Dr. Beth Barlow for specific information.

Requirement Class Name Hours
University Core   36
Biology Core   18
BIO 110/111 Biology I 4
BIO 112/113 Biology II 4
BIO 305 Cell Biology 3
BIO 306 Genetics 3
BIO 307 Cell & Genetics Laboratory 2
BIO 431 Biology Seminar 1
BIO 433 Biology Capstone 1
Chemistry Core   8
CHE 141 General Chemistry I 4
CHE 142 General Chemistry II 4
Mathematics   6
MAT 207 or MAT 208 Elementary Statistics / Bio Statistics 3
Choose one of the following courses    
MAT 121 Calculus with Analytics Geometry I 3
MAT 122 Calculus with Analytics Geometry II 3
MAT 206 Applied Calculus 3
Computer Science   3
CSC 114 Introduction to Computer Science 3
CSC 115 Foundations of Computer Science 3
Communication   3
COM 203 Professional Communication Skills 3
COM 304 Public Speaking 3
Teacher Education Track   28
  For students planning to teach in secondary schools - Students following this curriculum will be eligible for an educator license in Biology and General Science. Students should follow the current Secondary Education Biological Sciences Status Sheet when selecting courses.   
PHY 104 Physics for Today 3
CHE 143 Introduction to Organic & Biochemistry  3
BIO 145  Introduction to Earth Science
BIO 203  Human Anatomy & Physiology I 
BIO 204 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIO 321 Ecology 4
BIO 414 General Microbiology 4
BIO 435 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Science 3
  Modifications of this program will allow double certification in BIO/CHEM or BIO/PHY.  See catalog and advisor.  
Professional Education, 7-12   28

Students may not take EDU 403, 460, 431, 432, 433, 434, 471, 472, 473, 474 prior to admittance into the TEP. 

EDU 299 Pre-Teaching Field Experience 1
EDU 300 Introduction to Education 3
EDU 304 Educational Psychology 3
EDU 403 Measurement & Evaluation of Student Progress 3
PSY 435 Psychology of Exceptional Children 3
EDU 460 Managing the Secondary Classroom 3
EDU 431 Directed Teaching in 7-12 3
EDU 432 Directed Teaching in 7-12 3
EDU 433 Directed Teaching in 7-12 3
EDU 434 Directed Teaching in 7-12 3
Total Hours   130

EDU 300 (Introduction to Education must be taken during the sophomore year.  Transfer students, who have had an equivalent course, must see the Certification Secretary of the School of Education during their first semester at Mississippi College. This is the course in which students make application for the Teacher Education Program at Mississippi College. See Item #1 on the back of this page under Entrance and Maintenance Requirements for Student Teaching. 

Prerequisite: Admitted to the Teacher Education Program.