Secondary Education: Biology
The Department of Natural Sciences offers major programs in Biology, Chemistry, and General Science with emphasis in either Biology or Chemistry. It has cooperative program in Histo-technology with Harford Community College and is an affiliate of the Temple University School of Dentistry through collaboration with the School of Education. The Department of Natural Sciences is committed to providing students a sound foundation in the sciences; offering excellent preparation for student interested in fundamental and industrial research, teaching science, allied health profession environmental science, bio-technology the medical or dental professions, or veterinary medicine or in pursuing advance degrees in the chemical or life sciences. The primary mission of the Department is to provide quality education to the urban student, most especially to the under represented minorities. The basic mission is congruent with that of the University.
NOT ADMITTING NEW STUDENTS. Program deactivated effective September 1, 2014.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS TO THE MAJOR
Students who are interested in pursuing a degree in Biology must complete a Declaration of Major Form as early as possible. In order to be accepted in the major, the following requirements must be met.
- Student must have successfully completed at least two major science courses with a grade of C or better and a GPA of 2.5 on a 4 point scale.
- Must be enrolled in at least one major course at the time of the application for declaration of a major.
- Student must meet with the Chair or the Department or his/her designee.
- Student must have an overall GPA of 2.5.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS TO THE BIOLOGY SECONDARY EDUCATION CONCENTRATION
- A student wishing to declare a concentration in the Biology Secondary Education concentration must have met the following criteria:
- Completed ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 or ENGL 103 and ENGL 104;
- Passed BIOL 106, CHEM 102, MATH 131, MATH 132, and MATH 201 with at least a grade of C.
- Completed a minimum of 30 SCH that count toward graduation;
- Attained a CGPA of 2.5;
- Achieved the minimum MSDE required score on the PRAXIS I examination;
- Completed EDUC 202 with portfolio; and
- Accepted into the Teacher Education Program of the School of Education.
- The student must obtain approval of the Chair of the Department of Natural Sciences on the Declaration of Major Form.
- The student should continue taking courses as a major in the NS Department until such time that s/he is eligible to take other courses in the secondary education program.
- After admittance to the Teacher Education Program, the student will take both education and biology courses.
The following information also impacts students interested in entering Teacher Education.
- Students who have met all the above except the passing of Praxis I/Praxis Core can be admitted as a pre-major to Teacher Education.
- Students must take Praxis II prior to student teaching.
- Students must achieve state mandated cut-off scores on Praxis II prior to approval for graduation.
Praxis Core was adopted Sept 1, 2014 as the replacement for Praxis 1 in the state of Maryland. Passing scores in Maryland for Praxis Core are as follows: Mathematics (150), Reading (156), and Writing (162). Feel free to direct any Praxis-related questions to TEAR-C.
A student who has been denied admission to a program may appeal to the Teacher Education Council. If denied admission a third time, the student will be advised into another area.