Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology Education
Make an appointment with the Biology Education advisor, Richard Tolman at: 801-863-6229,
or firstname.lastname@example.org, Pope Science Building 224
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:
- Minimum ACT scores (Composite score of 20 or higher with no sub-test score lower than
- Maintain a GPA of 2.75 or higher;
- Passing score on the CAAP writing exam;
- Meet with Rick Dumont (863-8216), Secondary Education Advisor, for the following:
- Schedule an interview directed by the Secondary Teacher Education Selection and Retention
Committee. Approval by this committee is required for acceptance into the program.
- 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.
- Schedule upper division education classes.
For graduation with a baccalaureate degree (BS) in Biology Education students must:
- 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.
- 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.
- Complete the general education requirements listed for graduation with a Bachelor
of Science degree from UVU.
- 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
- File the appropriate application for graduation form.
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.
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:
- Teacher demand in Utah is critically outstripping the supply of new teachers being
provided by Utah colleges and universities.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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: