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Biology Education Major at Southwest Baptist University

Degree Requirements

Clubs & Organizations

Related Majors

Questions? Contact

Craig Endres
Department Chair
(417) 328-1743

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Biology Education Major

Students successfully completing the B.S. degree in Biology Education will be certified to teach biology and general science at the high school level.

At Southwest Baptist University, biology education majors go through an intense study of biology while also learning the foundations of teaching high school students through classroom instruction, technology integration, and multiple classroom field experiences.

The SBU Advantage

  • Our caring, close-knit supportive learning environment provides plenty of interaction, both in and out of the classroom.
  • Faculty are certified teachers experienced in the classroom and whose main job is to teach students.
  • Classroom field experiences begin during the sophomore year.
  • Our faculty’s commitment to networking will help you with job placement.

Engaged Learning

Our education classrooms are equipped with the same technology that is utilized in many public school classrooms, and our faculty utilize hands-on teaching methods and projects to teach our future teachers.

Course Information

Students must complete a total of 140 hours, including 38 hours of biology courses, 21 hours of additional required science courses, 40 hours of the professional education sequence, as well as the general education and graduation requirements.

Education coursework begins during the sophomore year with classes such as Foundations of Education, Educational Psychology, and Technology for Educators, in addition to the first field experience in an area secondary classroom. Junior year education curriculum includes Principles and Methods of Secondary Instruction, Teaching Reading in the Content Area, and Behavior and Classroom Management, along with another field experience. Senior-level classes focus on preparing the student for the 12-week student teaching experience.

Special Features

  • Unified Science Teaching Certification for Grades 9-12 is available and allows an individual to teach any of the beginning sciences. An endorsement is required for each area in which an advanced science course is taught. Endorsements are available in Biology or Chemistry.
  • As part of a Christian university, we integrate the Christian faith into classroom instruction within the Department of Education. Scriptural truths are brought into the classroom for supporting educational truth and theoretical truth.
  •  Area school district leaders seek out SBU graduates because they are well-prepared to teach in the classroom and be servant leaders in the academic community.

Clubs and Organizations

  • SBU has a chapter of Student Missouri State Teachers Association, the pre-professional organization for education majors on Missouri college and university campuses that provides opportunities for personal and professional growth and development of leadership skills.

  • Biology Club members are involved in service projects and planning social events.


Margaret A. Kort Biology Scholarship

The Margaret A. Kort Biology Scholarship fund is an endowed scholarship fund established in honor of Dr. Margaret A. Kort's long years of service to SBU and the department of biology. This scholarship has been established by faculty and friends for the purpose of providing one or more scholarships per year for SBU students majoring in the field of biology.

Internship Opportunities

Classroom field experiences begin during a student’s sophomore year and continue throughout the program, culminating with a full semester student teaching experience during the senior year. Field experiences provide students with a variety of experiences to help the student decide what is the best fit. During the student teaching experience, the student will work directly with a cooperating teacher at the school, as well as an SBU faculty member who will supervise the student’s experience.

Frank & Evelyn Huser Scholarship

For a student preparing for a career in biology on the graduate level or, if none, then to a biology education major.The recipient must have completed a minimum of eight hours in biology and an overall 3.0 grade point average.

Friends of the College of Science and Mathematics Scholarship

The School of Arts and Sciences Scholarship fund is an endowed scholarship fund established by the curators and friends of the School of Arts and Sciences. Scholarship recipients will be students who have matriculated at SBU with a major in the College of Science and Mathematics. Recipients must have achieved high academic honors at SBU and show a good balance between the academic, spiritual, and social aspects of campus life.

Dr. Irl Tremain

For a student preparing for a career in the biological sciences.

Lucy C. Tremain

For a student preparing for a career in the biological sciences, preferably in the field of ecology or population biology.

Career Opportunities

A student graduating with a degree in biology education is eligible for initial certification in Biology for grades 9-12 in the state of Missouri. Employment opportunities are very promising.  There is a need for high school biology teachers and SBU graduates have been highly sought after.

Degree Requirements

BIO 1111 Biology Colloquium
Presentation and discussion of biological topics, current events, and opportunities in the field. One lecture each week.
BIO 2214 Environmental Biology
An objective contemporary study of the environment and man's effect upon it. A holistic approach is taken in studying relevant problems relating to population growth, pollution and the preservation of natural ecosystems.
BIO 2134 General Zoology
An introduction to the principles of classification of animals. Animal life will be examined with respect to cell organization, genetics, evolution, anatomy/physiology, and interaction of animals with their environment. Three lectures; one laboratory each week.
BIO 2234 General Botany
A study of the plant world. Fungi, algae, bryophytes, seedless vascular plants, gymnosperms and angiosperms will be studied with regard to their life history, morphology, physiology and taxonomic relationships. Three lectures, one lab each week.
BIO 3324 Genetics
Consideration of the nature, transmission, variation, and action of the hereditary material in relation to the laws and theories of heredity in both plants and animals. Three lectures, one laboratory each week.
BIO 3334 Ecology
Study of the relations of animals and plants to each other and to their environment. Three lectures, one laboratory each week.
BIO 4471 Biology Seminar
Investigation of biological literature related to selected topics and presentation of scientific material for group discussion and evaluation. One session each week.
CHE 1115 General Chemistry I
A study of the fundamental laws and theories involved in chemical changes. Topics will include atomic theory, thermochemistry and nuclear chemistry. Stress will be on the solving of mathematical problems which illustrate the principles of chemistry. The course is designed principally for students planning on careers related to the natural sciences. Four lectures, one laboratory each week.
CHE 1125 General Chemistry II
A continuation of CHE 1115 covering chemical equilibrium, oxidation-reduction, acid-base theory, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, the basics of coordination chemistry, and an introduction to organic chemistry. Four lectures, one laboratory each week.
PHS 1004 Introduction to Physical Science
An integrated study of selected basic principles and concepts of chemistry and physics, including topics of current interest. Designed for the general student. Three lectures each week and one laboratory period per week.
PHS 1114 Introduction to Earth Science
Basic principles of the earth in space, its atmosphere, the oceans and the development of land forms by geologic agents. Designed for the general student. Three lectures, one laboratory period per week.
PHS 3303 History & Philosophy of Science and Technology
A study of the historical and philosophical foundations of science and technology, accompanied by an examination of the logical and ethical ramifications of various past and present science and technology phenomena.
Twelve additional hours of Biology elective courses.
Professional Education Sequence (39 hours).