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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biological Sciences BA/Biology Adolescence Education EdM

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Undergraduate Course Requirements

Graduate Course Requirements

Biology Adolescence Education Courses (27 credits)

  • LAI 533 - Science Instruction Topics
  • LAI 534 - Measurement and Evaluation in Science Instruction OR LAI 515 Action Research to Improve Teaching and Learning
  • LAI 552 - Middle Childhood/Adolescent Literacy Methods
  • LAI 595 - Supervised Teaching II
  • LAI 619 - Methods for Teaching Science (Grades 5-12)
  • LAI 667 - Field Experience
  • LAI 668 - Supervised Teaching I
  • LAI 674 - Seminar in Teaching
  • LAI 698 - Instructional Strategies in Inclusive Classrooms

Four Biology Electives (12 credits)

Advisor approved 500 level science and/or science education electives offered through the College of Arts and Sciences or the Graduate School of Education and/or: LAI 531, LAI 532, LAI 535, LAI 637, LAI 639.

Culminating Experience (1 credit)

  • LAI 700 - Capstone

Total Credits Required for Undergraduate Major: 64-65

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • 16 credits of Education Core*

Total Undergraduate Credits Required: 106-107

Total Graduate Credits Required for Degree: 40*

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 146-147

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.


* Dual listed with a graduate course and satisfies both undergraduate and graduate requirements.

Academic Requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.000 following the completion of BIO 200 , BIO 201 /BIO 211 , BIO 303  and BIO 305  is required for retention in the Biological Sciences major. A minimum GPA of 2.000 in biology courses and a minimum GPA of 2.000 in required chemistry, physics and mathematics courses is needed for degree conferral.

To progress to the graduate portion of the program, students must maintain a 3.000 GPA, earn a “C” grade or higher in content courses (courses in the undergraduate major); earn a “B-” or better in all education coursework (courses that begin with CEP, ELP, and LAI), and complete an interview in the Office of Educator Preparation. Students must complete these progression points by March of year three of the bachelor’s program to be eligible to register for graduate level coursework. No formal application is required for graduate school.

Program Honors

Students with at least a 3.600 GPA may apply to the honors program fall of the third year. Accepted students take BIO 487  spring of the junior year and the senior year is devoted to laboratory research where the student completes six credits of honors-level, biological research BIO 497  in the laboratory of a UB faculty member. The research is presented at the departmental honors symposium at the end of spring semester. BIO 497  credits count for two of the required labs for the major and all the BIO 487 /BIO 497  credits will be counted toward the total required for the major.

Students must also meet the remaining criteria outlined in the Academic Honors policy. Students who successfully complete the honors program and meet the criteria will have the appropriate notation on their official transcript.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

Total Credits: 17

Total Credits: 17

Second Year Fall

Total Credits: 17

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 16

Third Year Fall

Total Credits: 17

Third Year Spring

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Fall

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Spring

Total Credits: 11

Fifth Year Fall

  • LAI 667TUT - Field Experience Credits: 3
  • LAI 668TUT - Supervised Teaching I Credits: 3
  • LAI 533SEM - Science Instruction Credits: 3
  • LAI 698SEM - Instructional Strategies in Inclusive Classrooms Credits: 3

Total Credits: 12

Fifth Year Spring

  • LAI 595TUT - Supervised Teaching II Credits: 3
  • LAI 534LEC - Meas & Eval of STEM Instr Credits: 3 OR LAI 515 Action Research to Improve Teaching and Learning
  • LAI 674TUT - Seminar in Teaching Credits: 3
  • LAI 700TUT - Indiv Guidnc Capstn Event Credits: 1

Total Credits: 10

Total Credits Required: 147

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

Students in the combined program will complete the learning outcomes of the Biological Sciences BA. In addition, graduates of the Biology Education EdM program will:

  • Demonstrate subject specific content expertise that supports effective teaching in the field.
  • Create inclusive learning environments to meet individual differences in a caring, culturally responsive, and professional manner.
  • Construct relevant and rigorous curricula that include critical assessment of student learning outcomes.
  • Design, develop, and evaluate learning experiences that maximize the use of digital and interactive technologies.
  • Promote the application of research and evidence-based practices in diverse settings throughout their teaching careers.
  • Remain intellectually curious, continually updating their knowledge and skills to ensure ongoing excellence in teaching.


(HEGIS: 04.01 BIOLOGY GENERAL, CIP26.0101 Biology/Biological Sciences, General)


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