Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology Education

Make an appointment with the Biology Education advisor, Richard Tolman at: 801-863-6229, or, Pope Science Building 224

Admission Requirements:

The student needs to contact the Biology Secondary Education Advisor and declare an intent to major in Biology Education. The student will then need to complete BIOL 1610/1615, College Biology I and lab, and BIOL 1620/1625, College Biology II and lab, with a grade of "C" or higher in each course. Admission to Professional Secondary Education status is a requirement for enrollment in professional studies level courses. Admission criteria include:

  1. Minimum ACT scores (Composite score of 20 or higher with no sub-test score lower than 18);
  2. Maintain a GPA of 2.75 or higher;
  3. Passing score on the CAAP writing exam;
  4. Meet with Rick Dumont (863-8216), Secondary Education Advisor, for the following:
    1. Schedule an interview directed by the Secondary Teacher Education Selection and Retention Committee. Approval by this committee is required for acceptance into the program.
    2. A criminal background check at the beginning of a student's junior year. You need to pass this check before you are accepted into the program.
    3. Schedule upper division education classes.

Graduation Requirements:

For graduation with a baccalaureate degree (BS) in Biology Education students must:

  1. Complete the required minimum of 125 credit hours, with a minimum of 40 upper division credits. A minimum of 30 credit hours must be earned at UVU. A minimum of 30 credit hours must be in the major with a minimum of nine Biology credits taken at UVU.
  2. Complete the following courses with a minimum grade of C or better: BIOL 1610/1615, BIOL 1620/1625, BIOL 3500, BIOL 3700, BIOL 4200, BIOL 4500, BIOL 494R, MICR 2060 or MICR 3450, ZOOL 2320, ZOOL 2420. In addition, two upper-division courses in Zoology (ZOOL 3100 and ZOOL 3200, or other approved upper-division zoology courses) and two courses in Botany (either BOT 2050 or BOT 2100, and either BOT 3340 or another approved upper-division botany course) are required.
  3. Complete the general education requirements listed for graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree from UVU.
  4. Achieve a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 with a minimum GPA of 2.25 in all biology courses (i.e., courses designated as BIOL, BOT, MICRO, and ZOOL). NOTE: You MUST have an overall GPA of 2.75 to be admitted to the Secondary Education Program!
  5. File the appropriate application for graduation form.

Career Opportunities:

Graduates with a bachelor´s degree in Biology Education will be qualified to obtain state licensure to teach at the secondary level. The degree fulfills the requirements for the Biological Science Composite Major endorsement. If the student completes additional chemistry and earth science courses, then the student may also qualify for other teaching endorsements in the sciences.

Job Outlook:

Current employment opportunities for graduates from Biology Education programs are strong, particularly for those who also have a chemistry endorsement or integrated science endorsement in addition to the biological science composite endorsement.

The following information is from "Supply and Demand Needs of K-12 Education in the State of Utah 2005-2006" published by the Utah System of Higher Education:

  1. Teacher demand in Utah is critically outstripping the supply of new teachers being provided by Utah colleges and universities.
  2. About half of all attrition in 2005-2006 was due to retirement reflecting the relatively large number of educators becoming eligible for retirement in Utah. Data suggest this will continue for the next decade.
  3. If attrition and growth continue at current rates (which they are likely to do) without a parallel increase in newly trained educators (which isn´t currently in the works), Utah will face a severe teacher shortage crisis unlike anything it has ever experienced within just a year or two.
  4. Because Utah´s colleges of education aren´t producing sufficient numbers of new educators, Utah school districts are relying more heavily upon former teachers, retirees, out-of-state recruiting, and to a lesser extent alternative certification programs to meet their unmet teacher needs. The supply of former teachers and retirees is restricted; and, anecdotally, districts are reporting that this is having the effect of significantly reducing their substitute reserves. If this were a water study, the conclusion would be that the water table is shrinking and that underground water is drying up quickly.
  5. Utah school districts are especially facing severe difficulty in finding and hiring teachers in specific areas of special education (severely handicapped and mild/moderate), math, science, and early childhood education (K-3). With increased math and science requirements being introduced into Utah´s secondary schools, the demand for math and science teachers will grow even more rapidly
  6. Although more stable with regards to long-term retention, the ranks of Utah´s non-teaching professional educators showed a significant turnover with 8.4% leaving in 2005-2006. Nearly two-thirds were attributable to retirement which again reflects the aging population of Utah´s educators

Other Helpful Resources:

InTASC Standardards for BS Degree in Biology Education

Utah State Science Home

National Science Teachers Association

Please use the following resources to help you plan without the advisor:

Student Schedule Worksheet

Graduation Requirements & List of General Education requirements (pdf)

Catalog descriptions of courses: