College of Science
Department of Biology
Admission Requirements For This Major
New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major. Acumulative 2.75 GPA and 60 credits of coursework are required for admission to the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP). Transfer students from other institutions or other USU majors need a cumulative 2.75 GPA to be admitted to the major. They also need 60 credits of coursework to be admitted to the STEP. Students should contact the School of TEAL for information on additional admission criteria.
A bachelor’s degree in the Composite Teaching—Biological Science Major includes: University Studies, as required by the College of Science; the Composite Teaching Major; and the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP). Students majoring in the Composite Teaching—Biological Science Major will complete courses which provide an in-depth understanding of biological principles.
The Composite Teaching—Biological Science Major program is fully accredited by the Utah State Office of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Through the bachelor’s degree program in the Composite Teaching—Biological Science Major, students are prepared for public school teaching at the secondary level. Students completing the program are eligible to apply for secondary licensure in the State of Utah. Utah also has reciprocal agreements with many other states.
Students desiring licensure to teach more than biology should consider also completing a teaching minor in an area such as chemistry. Students may also wish to take extra classes to complete a regular Biology degree. In many instances, this only requires a moderate addition of required coursework. This could enhance a student’s opportunities in nonteaching biology-related fields and postgraduate education. For further information, students should contact Dr. Richard Mueller, Eccles Science Learning Center 245G, (435) 797-2479, or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Students must complete the Minimum University Graduation and University Studies General Education and Depth Requirements.
General Education Requirements :
- in conjunction with will fulfill the Exploration requirement
- The required Biology coursework will fulfill the BLS requirement
- The required Physics coursework will fulfill the BPS requirement
University Studies Depth Requirements :
- and will fulfill the Communications Intensive requirement
- will fulfill the Quantitative Intensive requirement
- will fulfill the Social Sciences requirement