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TUteach - Biology

Dr. Douglas Baird, Program Co-Director

College of Science and Technology

Carnell Hall, Suite 400

215-204-2888

dbaird@temple.edu

Ms. Linda Jones, Program Co-Director

College of Education

Ritter Annex, Room 433

215 204-9165

lcjones@temple.edu

Ms. Kathleen McKinley, Master Teacher/Faculty Advisor

College of Science and Technology

Barton Hall, Room A306

215-204-3628

kathleen.mckinley@temple.edu

Lisa Mathason, TUteach Advisor

College of Science and Technology

1810 Liacouras Walk, Suite 203

215-204-2890

lisa.mathason@temple.edu

Dr. Allen Nicholson, Chair

www.temple.edu/biology/

Dr. Joel Sheffield, Content Advisor                              
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 311                 
215-204-8839                                                       
joel.sheffield@temple.edu                                      

Ms. Evelyn Vleck, Content Advisor

Biology-Life Science Building, Room 248P

215-204-6528

evelyn.vleck@temple.edu

 

Biology with Teaching

 

The B.S. with Teaching in Biology is part of Temple's innovative "TUteach" teacher-training program.  The B.S. with Teaching provides broad training in Biology, and prepares students for a career in secondary school teaching. The education courses in the B.S. with Teaching include supervised teaching in school district classrooms and emphasize inquiry-based approaches to learning. Students in the B.S. with Teaching degree program become eligible for a Pennsylvania teacher certification when they complete all the requirements for the degree that include theoretical and practical courses in education specifically designed for science and mathematics majors.  In order to be recommended for Pennsylvania teacher certification, students must graduate with 1) a B.S with Teaching degree 2) a minimum overall 3.0 GPA and 3) earn passing scores on the state-required Praxis I and Praxis II tests.

Students are encouraged to stay on track to graduate with an overall GPA of 3.0 by meeting once each semester with a TUteach advisor and by meeting the prerequisite GPA for required courses. GPA and prerequisite course requirements insure that students are well prepared for the significant amounts of supervised classroom teaching required in advanced courses. Attention is specifically directed to the prerequisites required to enroll in Project-Based Instruction [Math Education (Secondary) 4189 or Science Education (Secondary) 4189], an advanced course required in all TUteach degrees and recommended to be taken in either the fifth or seventh semester.  The prerequisites for this course include entering the course with a GPA of 3.0 and having earned passing scores on the PAPA Test ("Basic Knowledge:" reading, writing, and mathematics).

Bachelor of Science

 

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

1. University Requirements (124 total s.h.)

  • Mathematics 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or English 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major. Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement: Biology 2296, Biology 3096, Biology 3396, Philosophy 2196 or Secondary Education 3796.
  • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
    • The General Education Curriculum consists of approximately 25-26 s.h.  See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.

2. College Requirements

  • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
  • 45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).

3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Science (90-93 s.h.)*

  • Nine (9) Biology courses are required (31-34 s.h.): Biology 1111, 2112, 2296, 2227, 3091, 3096 and three (3) upper level Biology electives at the 2200 level or above (see course descriptions for exceptions).
  • Four (4) Chemistry courses with labs are required (16 s.h.): Chemistry 1031/1033, 1032/1034, 2201/2203 and 2202/2204.
  • Two (2) Mathematics courses are required (8 s.h.): Mathematics 1041 and 1042.
  • Two (2) Physics courses are required (8 s.h.): Physics 2021 and 2022.
  • Two (2) College of Science & Technology courses are required (2 s.h.): College of Science & Technology 1189 and 1289.
  • Three (3) Education course are required (10 s.h.): Education 2179, 4388 and 4802.
  • Two (2) Mathematics or Science Education (Secondary) courses are required (6 s.h.): Math/Science Education 2189 and 4189.
  • One (1) Secondary Education course is required (3 s.h.): Secondary Education 3796.
  • One (1) Special Education course is required (3 s.h.): Special Education 2231.
  • One (1) Philosophy course is required (3 s.h.): Philosophy 2196.

* Note: The certification requirements need to meet Pennsylvania Department of Education standards and are subject to change. All students are strongly recommended to check with the TUteach Advisor in the College of Science and Technology, to affirm the requirements that pertain to their specific major.  In addition, students should check the Undergraduate Bulletin web site for the most current information about these programs (Academic Programs section), or the TUteach web site at: https://tuteach.cst.temple.edu/.

It is also recommended that all students meet with an advisor before enrolling in classes specific to these majors and leading to certification as a teacher.  This is to assure that a candidate's intended program of study will be compatible with the new requirements. 

Note: A grade of C or higher in Chemistry 1031 and Chemistry 1032 is required to take Biology 1111 and Biology 2112. A grade of C or higher in Biology 1111 and Biology 2112 is required to take upper-level Biology courses, and a C- or higher is required unless otherwise specified in all other courses for the major, including course prerequisites. Biology 3091 is not available for major credit.

Suggested Semester By Semester Plan

Year 1 - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry
1031
1033

1951
1953
General Chemistry I and
General Chemistry I Laboratory
     or
Honors General Chemistry I and
Honors General Chemistry I Laboratory
3
1

3
1
 
Mathematics

Mathematics
1041

1941
Calculus I
     or
Honors Calculus I
4

4
 
College of Science & Technology 1189 Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching 1  
General Education / Elective Credits     7  
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 1 - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Biology

Biology
1111

1911
Introduction to Biology I
     or
Honors Introduction to Biology I
4

4


Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry
1032
1034

1952
1954
General Chemistry II and
General Chemistry II Laboratory
     or
Honors General Chemistry II and
Honors General Chemistry II Laboratory
3
1

3
1
 
Mathematics

Mathematics
1042

1942
Calculus II
     or
Honors Calculus II
4

4
 
College of Science & Technology 1289 Step 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design with Strategies for English Learners 1  
General Education / Elective Credits     3  
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 2 - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Biology

Biology
2112

2912
Introduction to Biology II
     or
Honors Introduction to Biology II
4

4


Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry
2201
2203

2211
2213

2921
2923
Organic Chemistry I and
Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
     or
Organic Chemistry I for Majors and
Organic Chemistry I Laboratory for Majors
     or
Honors Organic Chemistry I and
Honors Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
3
1

3
1

3
1






Education 2179 Knowing & Learning in Mathematics & Science 3  
Special Education 2231 Introduction to Inclusive Education 3  
Subtotal     14  
 
Year 2 - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Biology 2227

2296
Principles of Ecology (S)
          or
Genetics (S)
3

4


WI
Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry
2202
2204

2212
2214

2922
2924
Organic Chemistry II and
Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
          or
Organic Chemistry for Majors II and
Organic Majors Laboratory II
          or
Honors Organic Chemistry II and
Honors Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
3
1

3
1

3
1






Secondary Education 3796 Differentiated Literacy Instruction in the Disciplines, 7-12 3 WI
General Education / Elective Credits     7-6  
Subtotal     17  
 
Year 3 - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Biology 3096 Cell Structure & Function (F) 4 WI
Physics 2021 General Physics I 4  
Philosophy 2196 Perspectives on Science & Mathematics (F) 3 WI
General Education / Elective Credits     6  
Subtotal     17  
 
Year 3 - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Biology 2296

2227
Genetics (S)
          or
Principles of Ecology (S)
4

3
WI

Biology 3091 Research Methods (S) 3  
Physics 2022 General Physics II 4  
Math Education (Secondary)
    or
Science Education (Secondary)
2189 Classroom Interactions 3  
General Education / Elective Credits     4-3  
Subtotal     17  
 
Year 4 - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Biology Elective* Upper-Level 2200+ Biology Elective 3-4  
Biology Elective* Upper-Level 2200+ Biology Elective 3-4  
Math Education (Secondary)
    or
Science Education (Secondary)
4189 Project-Based Instruction (F) 3  
General Education / Elective Credits     8-6  
Subtotal     17  
 
Year 4 - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Biology Elective* Upper-Level 2200+ Biology Elective 3-4  
Education 4388 TUteach Apprentice Teaching 6  
Education 4802 TUteach Apprentice Teaching Seminar 1  
General Education / Elective Credits     1-0  
Subtotal     11  
         
Credits in Coursework for B.S. in Biology with Teaching 90-93  
General Education / Elective Credits 34-31  
Total Credits for B.S. Degree 124  

(F) - Fall only course.

(S) - Spring only course.

*If the student has taken the necessary prerequisite courses, some of the Biology elective courses may be taken before the Fall semester of Year 4.  While not required, Biology 3101 (Evolution) is highly recommended as one of three Biology electives.

Students who complete TUteach majors typically receive a waiver for 1 Human Behavior (GB), 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.

Calculation of Major GPA

The list of courses that are used to calculate major GPA is determined by the department. Students should consult with their academic advising unit for the applicable courses. In general, courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or a required course are not counted for the major GPA. This would include Biology 1011, for example.

 

Distinction in Major

To graduate with a Distinction in Biology with Teaching, students must meet the following requirements:

1. Achieve a 3.50 GPA or better for the aggregate of courses required for the B.S. in Biology with Teaching.

2. Achieve a 3.20 GPA or better in the biology coursework.

3. Achieve a 3.91 GPA in the following courses: Math/Science Education (Secondary) 2189: Classroom Interactions; Math/Science Education (Secondary) 4189: Project-Based Instruction; Education 4802: TUteach Apprentice Teaching Seminar; and Education 4388: TUteach Apprentice Teaching.

4. Write a final research paper either in a topic combining both major content and pedagogy or a topic focused on research in biology. They must present their research for evaluation and present at a departmental research poster session before graduation. Consult the undergraduate TUteach advisor for more details.

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