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Biological Sciences or Biological Sciences Education

Biological sciences, in the broadest sense, is the study of life. As such, it is a subject of great diversity and requires a background in many academic disciplines. A biologist must have a basic understanding of and be able to synthesize knowledge from physics, chemistry, geology, math and the social sciences as they relate to living systems. The biological sciences courses needed for a major are selected from a variety of life science departments at North Dakota State University.

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The Program

Students who want to obtain broad training and knowledge in the life sciences can major in biological sciences or biological sciences education. These degrees differ primarily in that the latter includes the education sequence needed for teacher certification in both North Dakota and Minnesota. (It is advised that students who intend to teach in Minnesota meet with the science education advisor early to discuss additional requirements for teacher certification in that state.)

Major Options

The biological sciences education major prepares you not only for secondary school science teaching, but also for pre-professional programs, graduate school and other career areas. You will have a solid biological sciences major while developing an adequate proficiency in related science areas. This type of preparation allows greater flexibility for potential teaching positions that cross descriptive areas.

Minor Program -- A minor in biological sciences consists of 18 credits of introductory (BIOL 150, 150L; BIOL 151, 151L, and BOT 372) and advanced courses. Since application of scientific knowledge varies as to occupation, the type of advanced courses selected is left flexible, thus allowing maximum usefulness for people in other disciplines.

Career Opportunities

Careers in the biological sciences are available in industry, government organizations, research groups, medical areas, environmental organizations and education. In addition to jobs in traditional areas such as medicine, teaching and research, newer areas of employment such as resource management and development, conservation, molecular biology and biotechnology also continue to develop. Future employment possibilities can be enhanced by careful selection of the elective courses, minors or even double majors. Beneficial areas to combine with biological sciences include business management, computer science, art or graphic design, communication and a variety of agriculture disciplines. Graduates with a biological sciences emphasis are needed to work in biological supply facilities, are hired for pharmaceutical development or sales, act as science editors and writers, and do computer modeling and simulation.

Student Advisement

Students will be assigned individual advisors who will work closely in program planning and in other ways to advise and assist them. Students are encouraged to seek their advisors’ help whenever needed.

Student Teaching

Student teaching is the culmination of the teaching program. Students have the opportunity to apply skills acquired in college courses under the supervision of an experienced biological sciences educator.

Certification

Upon completing this program, students are eligible for certification to teach biological sciences in most states. The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Biological Sciences Education Plan of Study

Please note this is a sample plan of study; actual student schedules will vary depending on start year, individual goals, applicable transfer credit, and course availability. Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisor on a regular basis to review degree progress and customize their own plan of study.

First Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

BIOL 124 Environmental Science

3

BIOL 151 General Biology II

3

BIOL 124L Environmental Science Laboratory

1

BIOL 151L General Biology II Laboratory

1

BIOL 189 Skills for Academic Success

1

CHEM 122 General Chemistry II

3

BIOL 150 General Biology I

3

CHEM 122L General Chemistry II Laboratory

1

BIOL 150L General Biology I Laboratory

1

COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

CHEM 121 General Chemistry I

3

ENGL 120 College Composition II

3

CHEM 121L General Chemistry I Laboratory

1

MATH 146 Applied Calculus I

4

ENGL 110 College Composition I

4

 

Gen Ed Wellness

2

 

 

19

 

18

Second Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

BIOL 220 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

3

BIOL 221 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

3

BIOL 220L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab

1

BIOL 221L Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab

1

EDUC 321 Introduction to Teaching

3

EDUC 322 Educational Psychology

3

GEOL 105 Physical Geology

3

GEOL 106 The Earth Through Time

3

GEOL 105L Physical Geology Lab

1

GEOL 106L The Earth Through Time Lab

1

PHYS 211 College Physics I

3

PHYS 212 College Physics II

3

PHYS 211L College Physics I Laboratory

1

PHYS 212L College Physics II Laboratory

1

Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts

3

Gen Ed Social & Behavioral Sciences

3

Complete Praxis Core Academic Skills Exam

 

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18

 

18

Third Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

BIOL 364 General Ecology

3

BIOC 260 Elements of Biochemistry

4

CHEM 240 Survey of Organic Chemistry

3

BIOL 491 Seminar

2

EDUC 451 Instructional Planning, Methods and Assessment

3

BIOL 315L Genetics Laboratory

1

ENGL 324 Writing in the Sciences

3

BIOL 315 Genetics

3

STAT 330 Introductory Statistics

3

EDUC 481 Classroom Practice Methods of Teaching I

3

Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts

3

Computer Science Elective

3

 

ZOO 300-400 Elective

3

 

18

 

19

Fourth Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

BIOL 359 Evolution

3

EDUC 485 Student Teaching Seminar

1

BOT 300-400 Elective

3

EDUC 487 Student Teaching

9

EDUC 486 Classroom Management for Diverse Learners

3

EDUC 488 Applied Student Teaching

3

EDUC 489 Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds

3

 

BIOL 370 Cell Biology

3

 

Gen Ed Social & Behavioral Sciences

3

 

Apply for Student Teaching

 

 

Complete Praxis PLT Exam

 

 

Complete Praxis II Content Exam

 

 

 

18

 

13

Total Credits: 141

View NDSU equivalencies of transfer courses at: www.ndsu.edu/transfer/equivalencies

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Email: Lisa.Montplaisir@ndsu.edu
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Dr. Wendy Reed, Department Head
Department of Biological Sciences
North Dakota State University
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Dept #2715, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-7087 / Fax: (701) 231-7149
Email: Wendy.Reed@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/biology

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