Biology with Teaching
Completion of the Biology with Teaching degree will prepare students for the same scientific and related careers as the Biology BA program. In addition, students will also be prepared to take the Pennsylvania Department of Education Praxis exams, which will certify them to teach Biology in a secondary school classroom in Pennsylvania, and in states with reciprocal agreements with Pennsylvania. The pedagogy courses in this program are especially designed for science and mathematics majors, and emphasize skills in designing and delivering inquiry-based curricula, with extensive opportunities for practice teaching in Philadelphia School District classrooms.
The biology program includes a required five-course core of a two-semester introductory sequence, plus cell biology, genetics and ecology, which introduce the fundamentals of contemporary biology. This is followed by at least three (B.A.) advanced biology electives. Courses in calculus, chemistry and physics are also required and are prerequisites for some biology courses. Opportunities for independent study and undergraduate research are available.
After completing the program, students should:
- thoroughly understanding of the principal levels of organization of living organisms
- understand the biochemical and biophysical principles that underlie living organisms
- comprehend principles that govern interaction between and within cells, tissues and organisms
- understand major principals of the discipline, such as proliferation, generation of diversity, evolution by natural selection
- critically evaluate experimental data and be familiar with laboratory procedures
- communicate using oral, written, or electronic media, and understand attribution and acknowledgement of sources