May 23, 2024  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology Education, B.A.

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The B.A. in Biology Education (BIOE) major couples the coursework required for the regular Biology B.A. degree with additional courses necessary and recommended for certification to teach biology at the secondary level.  Students completing this degree will have a strong foundation in the biological sciences and will be capable of working in a range of technical positions in addition to secondary education.  The Bachelor of Arts in Biology Education consists of at least 102 credits distributed as follows:



The existing lecture courses in the Biology Core are now to be considered an academic sequence in the following manner:

                                           BIOL 141/BIOL 142  →  BIOL 302/BIOL 303

Specifically this means that once a student has received a passing grade in either BIOL 302 or BIOL 303, that student may not reregister for BIOL 141 or BIOL 142.

This change would affect all majors and minors that require the courses BIOL 141 and BIOL 142.

Biology 4XX elective

(choose one from BIOL 411  , BIOL 414   or BIOL 434  )

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Recommended (13 credits)

BIOE additional notes

1) Students must earn a “C” or better in all major courses and course prerequisites. 

2) At least half of the required BIOL courses for the BIOE degree (five of nine), including the 4XX elective, must be completed in residence at UMBC. 

3) A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above is required to register for EDUC 412 and beyond.

4) Students in the BIOE major will be assigned an academic adviser from the Biological Sciences department, but will also be advised by the Education department in regard to EDUC courses, internships, and teaching certification.

5) The Biological Sciences Department evaluates completion of major requirements based on COURSES completed, not CREDITS completed, because equivalent courses taken elsewhere may not be the same number of credits as the UMBC course they replace.

6) Under exceptional circumstances, the Department may waive or alter a BIOL major requirement.  Students seeking to petition for a waiver must consult with their academic adviser, then may submit a ‘Petition for Waiver/Substitution of Program Requirements’ form, found here:


Total: 102 Credits

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