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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology Education, B.A.

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Offered by Biological Sciences .

The B.A. in Biology Education (BIOE) major couples the coursework required for the Biological Sciences, 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 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 re-register for BIOL 141 or 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 Biological Sciences , but will also be advised by Education  in regard to EDUC courses, internships, and teaching certification.

5) Biological Sciences  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: https://biology.umbc.edu/undergrad/forms-links/.


Total: 102 Credits

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