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Biology Secondary Education

Bachelor of Science in Biology 

The need for teachers in Biology Secondary Education has never been greater. Fueled by the rapid changes in the scientific field and the demand for skilled and knowledgeable professionals for the growing science and health-based industries, there is a demand for teachers at the middle and high school level who combine the latest in scientific knowledge and procedures.

The Biology Secondary Education program, teaching grades 8-12, consists of a biology major combined with appropriate education courses. Students are required to take the Bay Path University core, a biological science core, and a education core. The course sequence has been developed to prepare you for the Biology MTEL, the necessary licensure for teaching at this level.

Upon completion, student earn an initail license in Biology issued by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Students graduating from this program qualify for license equivalency in states outside of Massachusetts once they pass the qualifying exams in those states.

A minimum 3.0 gpa and a minimum score of 1006 for the SAT are required for admittance into the program. 

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Course Requirements

Code Course Name Credits
BIO112 Biology 2 3

This course will survey the types of organisms representing the diversity of life on the planet and explore the form and function of plants and animals as well as animal behavior. Prerequisite: BIO 110

BIO112L Biology 2 Lab 1

BIO 112L (1 credit) Biology II for Science Majors Laboratory Laboratory sessions will involve an investigation of the structure and development of plants, the body design and physiology of invertebrates and vertebrates, and selected field work in animal behavior. (Lab fee) Corequisite: BIO 112

BIO150 Anatomy & Physiology 1 3

This course provides an overview of tissue types and their identification and function, as well as the integument, skeletal and muscular human body systems. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in BIO 110 lecture or NEU 100 lecture

BIO150L Anatomy & Physiology Lab 1

Laboratory topics include microscopic examination of histological slides of body tissues, gross skeletal morphology, and dissection of a mammal. (Lab fee) Corequisite: BIO 150

BIO151 Anatomy & Physiology 2 3

This course involves a study of the structural anatomy and physiological functioning of the respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, nervous, and urinary systems. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in BIO 150 lecture

BIO151L Anatomy & Physiology 2 Lab 1

Laboratory topics include the dissection of neurological organs to study gross and histological structure as well as the evaluation of selected physiological, clinical, and diagnostic tests. (Lab fee) Corequisite: BIO 151

BIO210 Genetics 3

This course studies Mendelian inheritance, chromosome abnormalities, cytogenetics, sex determination, and linkage. Genetic recombination, molecular genetics, and biochemical and population genetics will be addressed, as well as the social impact of cloning and other genetic techniques. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BIO 110 and BIO 112 lecture

BIO210L Genetics Lab 1

Laboratory sessions include recombination analysis in bacteria, viruses, and Drosophila as well as studying the effects of mutations. (Lab fee) Corequisite: BIO 210

BIO220 Ecology 3

This course emphasizes the evolution of the biosphere and the structure and function of communities and ecosystems, as well as the effects of both biotic and abiotic factors. The transformation and flow of energy, nutrient cycling, and population dynamics will be addressed. Hypothesis testing of data collected and analyzed in the field will be included. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BIO 110 lecture and BIO 112 lecture

BIO260 Microbiology 3

This course investigates the taxonomy, morphology, pathogenicity, and growth requirements of representative viruses, bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BIO 110 lecture and BIO 112 lecture

BIO260L Microbiology Lab 1

Laboratory sessions include aseptic technique, staining, isolation, culture, and identification of microbes as well as diagnostic biochemical reactions, identification of unknown organisms, and immunological techniques. (Lab fee) Corequisite: BIO 260

BIO320 Cell & Molecular Biology 3

A study of eukaryotic cell structure, function and regulation. DNA structure, replication, transcription, and translation will be stressed, as well as genetic engineering and recombinant DNA techniques. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in BIO 210

BIO320L Cell & Molecular Lab 1

Laboratory sessions explore the isolation of DNA reactions, and restriction enzyme mapping. (Lab fee) Corequisite: BIO 320

BIO410 Evolution 3

This course examines in detail the processes of chemical and biological evolution and tracks the history of life on earth. Concepts will include microevolution, macroevolution, the origin of species, and the origin of major evolutionary innovations. Social Darwinism will be addressed, particularly in terms of how this theory is relevant to understanding the basics and development of sociology and the fundamental differences between society and organisms. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BIO 110 or BIO 111

CHE120 Chemistry 1 3

Chemistry I is an introduction to the fundamental facts and principles of chemistry. Topics considered will include: chemical stoichiometry, atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical bonding, thermochemistry, and physical states of matter. Prerequisite: MAT 104

CHE120L Chemistry 1 Lab 1

Laboratory experiences will include experiments that illustrate concepts presented in lecture, as well as introduce the students to experimental design, computer/instrument interfacing, and the statistical treatment of data. (Lab fee) Corequisite: CHE 120

CHE121 Chemistry 2 3

This course is a continuation of CHE 120. Topics considered will include: solutions, reaction rates, chemical equilibrium, precipitation reactions, acids and bases, reaction spontaneity, redox reactions, and electrochemistry. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in CHE 120 lecture or the equivalent, MAT 112

CHE121L Chemistry 2 Lab 1

Laboratory experiences include experiments that illustrate concepts presented in lecture, as well as introduce the student to experimental design, computer/instrument interfacing, and the statistical treatment of data. (Lab fee) Corequisite: CHE 121

EDU130 Education, Schools & Culture 3

The course presents a comprehensive examination of the field of education. Students will be exposed to the major historical, philosophical, economic, societal and cultural, professional, and accountability issues that continue to shape education within a complex, changing society. Required observations at public schools will augment classroom activities.

EDU250 Intro/Special Education 3

This course deals with the implications of disabling conditions on optimal learning potential and daily well being of children. Emphasis is on identification of disabling conditions and techniques used to promote successful integration of children with and without special needs in education settings. Topics covered include familiarity with individualized education plans, intervention and instructional strategies for diverse learners, and collaborative partnerships with families and community resources. Observations are required. Offered in the fall semester

EDU331 Fundamentals/Secondary 3

Fundamentals of Instruction for Secondary Education This course explores curriculum design and classroom management strategies for teachers using guidelines presented in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Topics include motivation and learning, educational equity, working with standards, instructional planning and design, integrating technology into the curriculum, formal and informal assessment techniques and their connection to instructional planning, effective communication with students, and strategies for behavior management. Fieldwork in a secondary biology class required. Prerequisites: completion of all 100 and 200 level courses in education, junior status This course must be taken at Bay Path College. Offered in the fall semester

EDU351 Curriculum Dev./Secondary 3

Curriculum Development for Secondary Education Students design, implement, and assess curriculum and instruction using the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks as they relate to the academic disciplines in secondary education. Emphasis is on instructional approaches and methodology in a standards based environment. Fieldwork in a secondary biology class is required. Prerequisite: EDU 331, junior status This course must be taken at Bay Path College. Offered in the spring semester

EDU441R Pre-Practicum-Secondary 1

Pre-Practicum in Secondary Biology Supervised pre-practicum in grades 8-12. Pre-Practicum begins the students senior year experience and gives the student a consistent, supervised experience in a public school setting. This experience allows the student to integrate and apply what she has learned in earlier education courses. Students must provide their own transportation to school and will follow the public school calendar. Students must complete a CORI (Criminal Offence Records Investigation) check and any other requirements as mandated by a school district. Pre-Practicum hours are earned normally in 11 weeks, during one full day and two half days each of those weeks. A minimum of 80 hours are required over the 11-week period. Prerequisites: EDU 351, cgpa of 2.67 (B-) or better, senior status, passing scores on the Communication and Literacy Exam and the Biology MTEL grades 8-12, and the approval of the department chair. Corequisite: EDU 492 This course must be taken at Bay Path College. Offered in both fall and spring semesters

EDU492 Pre-Practicum Sem/Secondary 1

Pre-Practicum Seminar/ Secondary Students discuss curriculum, pedagogy, and critical issues in support of their success as future teachers. Corequisite: EDU 441R

EDU493 Practicum Seminar/Secondary 1

Practicum Seminar/ Secondary Students discuss curriculum, pedagogy, the professional standards for teachers, and critical issues in support of their success as future teachers. Additional Seminar topics include: the Preservice Performance Assessment, creation of a professional teaching portfolio, and licensure. Corequisite: EDU 494

EDU494 Practicum-Secondary 12

Practicum in Secondary Biology Students will complete a full-time, supervised practicum (student teaching) with seminar in a public school, grades 8-12, and will assume direct instructional and professional responsibilities as teachers. Practicum hours are earned over a 12-week period. A minimum of 300 hours are required. Requirements for Practicum are the same for students enrolled in the traditional or one-day program. Practicum allows the student to refine pedagogical and methodological skills necessary for exemplary teaching. Practicum students are supervised jointly by the school supervising practitioner and program supervisor. Students will have three observations and participate in a minimum of three conferences during the semester. Students must demonstrate competence on the Preservice Performance Assessment, based on subject and pedagogical knowledge and skills as defined by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Students must provide their own transportation and will follow the public school calendar. Students must complete a CORI (Criminal Offense Records Investigation) and any other requirements as mandated by a school district. Prerequisites: EDU 441R, Senior status, cgpa of 2.67 (B-) or better, passing scores on the Communication and Literacy Exam and Biology MTEL, and the approval of the department chair. Corequisite: EDU 493 This course must be taken at Bay Path College Offered in both fall and spring semesters

ENG114 Critical Reading & Response 3

This course introduces the integration of communication skills essential for effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college level. In this writing intensive course, students develop composition skills to produce collegiate-level papers modeling rhetorical modes and thematic content in addition to strategies for reading complex texts; presentation skills for personal introductions, verbal summaries of readings and response writings, and peer review of papers; and basic technological skills for word processing, e-mail, and introductory-level online research.

ENG124 Research & Writing in the Disciplines 3

In this course students will apply the practices for effective reading and writing introduced in ENG 114 to the distinctive language and forms of various disciplines. This course lays the foundation for academic and professional research and stresses the use of appropriate and effective information sources. Readings for a variety of academic audiences will provide students with strategies to communicate in the sciences, business and technology, psychology, liberal studies, and the social sciences. Research and documentation skills appropriate to the disciplines are stressed. In addition to leading students through the research process from start to finish, this course will examine the many ramifications of academic honesty. Prerequisite: ENG 114

ENG134 Literary Genres 3

Selected readings in fiction, poetry, and drama introduce the student to literary types and techniques. These readings provide a basis for collegiate-level discussion, analysis, and the development of critical judgment. Building on the communications and research skills from earlier courses in the sequence, this course emphasizes continued practice in writing, and students complete a documented research paper using primary and secondary sources as one of the course writing assignments. Discussions and oral presentations based on assigned literature support the overall goal of the sequence: to enhance the advancement of the students, first academically and then professionally. Prerequisite: ENG 114

MAT120 Statistics 3

This is an introduction to the basic descriptive and inferential statistics for students from all disciplines. It emphasizes the development of statistical literacy and the use of computer for analyzing data. Topics include principles of experimental design; graphical and numerical methods for summarizing, describing, exploring and analyzing data; binomial and normal probability distributions; point and interval estimates for means and proportions; hypothesis testing; and correlation and regression. Offered both semesters

MAT130 Pre-Calculus 3

This course is an overview of algebra, trigonometry and analytic geometry. It is designed to provide students with a comprehensive and mathematically sound treatment of topics needed for calculus. The topics include, functions and graphs; polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; matrices; vectors; and three-dimensional coordinate geometry. Prerequisite: MAT 112 or appropriate placement test score

PHS201 College Physics 1 for Science Majors 3

This course is a calculus-based introduction to the principles of physics and their applications. The topics covered will include kinematics, Newton's laws of motion, work, energy, momentum, and rotational motion. Prerequisite: MAT130

PHS201L College Physics 1 Lab 1

Laboratory sessions will include exercises using computer-interfaced physics equipment and will involve applications of theoretical concepts introduced in PHS 201. (Lab fee) Corequisite: PHS 201

PSY206 Adolescent & Adult Development 3

This course surveys how people develop and change from the onset of adolescence through late adulthood. Different theoretical perspectives and contemporary information relating to the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive realms are examined. Prerequisite: PSY 101 Offered in the fall semester only

SCI200 History/Philosophy of Science 3

This course engages students in an exploration of scientific thought throughout the ages. Students will examine the contributions of historical scientists, the interaction of scientific reasoning on culture and society, the relationship between science and religion, and the adaptation of scientific thinking to an ever changing world.

WEL100 Women as Empowered Learners & Leaders 3

Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders is an interdisciplinary course, designed to give all students entering Bay Path University a common experience and foundation for their education. This course is an introduction to the University, to academic study, and to various approaches to thinking about personal potential, to understand the process of becoming a learner, and a leader, and composing a life, to appreciate beauty, and work actively toward establishing community and justice in the context of being a woman at the beginning of the 21st century.

WEL310 Strategies for Career and Personal Growth 1

(This course is graded Pass/Fail.) In their junior year before the opening of the spring semester, baccalaureate degree students will be offered a special opportunity to learn up-to-date information about the current work world in an intensive two-and-a-half-day workshop format. Students will meet successful professionals who will discuss the challenges and opportunities of their respective fields and help students prepare for interviews as well as learn how to navigate the early stages of their new careers.

WEL400 WELL in Practice 3

By WEL400, you will be ready to blend all the skills you have learned during the WELL program—leadership, critical thinking, research, writing, analysis, and public presentation—with a community service project. Empathy, respect, and tolerance are the core human values that are stressed. It’s what every good leader needs to confidently show the way.