Biology with Teacher Certification (Biology), B.A.

Bachelor of Arts
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About This Degree

Completion of this major prepares one to assume the responsibilities of a biology teacher in elementary, middle, or high schools in which science is taught as a separate subject. Continued study may include a Master’s degree in biology or a related discipline or a Master’s degree and doctorate in education.

It is strongly recommended that students complete CHEM 207, CHEM 208, MATH 190, and MATH 191. CHEM 207and CHEM 208are recommended prerequisites for many 300- and 400-level Biology courses. Students are advised to complete at least CHEM 105/CHEM 1105 and CHEM 106/CHEM 1106 prior to beginning the junior year.

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Admission to the Education Certification program requires a minimum CGPA of 3.0. Eligibility for teacher certification by the New Jersey Department of Education is dependent upon completion of the curriculum requirements of a certification program, a passing score on Praxis exams, and whatever minimum CGPA has been put into effect by the State at the time a graduate's application for certification arrives at the New Jersey Department of Education. All Teacher Certification candidates must take and pass the Writing Assessment prior to Field Experience II and the Praxis exams 20235 Biology: Content Knowledge and 10435 General Science: Content Knowledge prior to Internship.
Notes: A minimum grade of "C" must be attained in each Biology, Chemistry, Math and Physics course.
Students who are interested in teacher certification in biology must contact the Deborah Cannon Partridge Wolfe College of Education for additional requirements necessary for admission and completion of education certification program.
Note: For the most updated information on this teaching certification program, students are directed to contact the College of Education as changes may have occurred since publication.

Program Goals

Graduates of the NJCU biology program will… 

  • Demonstrate understanding of the nature of science and knowledge of the factual and theoretical bases of biology including mechanisms on the molecular, cellular, organismal, and systems levels.
  • Demonstrate understanding of scientific inquiry and explain how scientific knowledge is discovered and validated.
  • Apply quantitative knowledge and reasoning to describe or explain phenomena in the natural world.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of chemistry and their application to understanding living systems.
  • Communicate scientific information in written and/or oral formats