Biology Teaching Option

The Biology Teaching option in the Biological Sciences major is designed for students who wish to become licensed to teach Biology in grades 5-12. Upon completion of the degree, students are eligible for licensure in the state of Montana. Secondary education students are encouraged to pursue a teaching minor in an additional content area and should contact an advisor for details. Obtaining a teaching minor will require more than eight semesters. For more information on admission to the Teacher Education Program, Student Teaching, Licensure, Professional Expectations and more, please visit: The Teacher Education Page

The Biology Teaching Option includes 40 credits of Biology (28-30 credits of basic biology courses, plus 11-12 biology elective credits), supporting Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics courses, 18 credits in the university Core 2.0, 24 credits of professional preparation, and Student Teaching. Biology electives must include 8 credits of advisor-approved upper division credits in biological sciences.

Freshman YearCredits
BIOB 170IN - Principles of Biological Diversity4  
CHMY 141 - College Chemistry I4  
WRIT 101W - College Writing I*3  
M 161Q - Survey of Calculus4  
University Core and Electives0-3  
BIOB 160 - Principles of Living Systems  4
CHMY 143 - College Chemistry II  4
HDFS 101IS - Indiv and Fam Dev: Lifespan  3
COMX 111US - Introduction to Public Speaking
or CLS 101US - Knowledge and Community
University Core and Electives  1-4
Year Total: 15-18 15-18
Sophomore YearCredits
CHMY 211 - Elements of Organic Chemistry5  
PHSX 205 - College Physics I4  
EDU 202 - Early Field Experience1  
EDU 211D - Multicultural Education3  
University Core and Electives2-5  
BCH 380 - Biochemistry  5
Choose one of the following:  3-5
BIOM 103IN - Unseen Universe: Microbes (3)
BIOM 360 - General Microbiology (5)
PHSX 207 - College Physics II  4
EDU 223IS - Educ Psych and Adolescent Dev  3
University Core and Electives  0-1
Year Total: 15-18 15-18
Junior YearCredits
BIOB 375 - General Genetics
or BIOB 377 - Practical Genetics
BIOO 412 - Animal Physiology
or BIOO 433 - Plant Physiology
EDU 382 - Assessmt, Curric, Instructn3  
BIOB 318 - Biometry
or STAT 216Q - Introduction to Statistics
University Core and Electives3-6  
BIOE 370 - General Ecology (equiv to 270)  3
BIOB 420 - Evolution  3
BIOE 499 - Senior Thesis/Capstone  2
EDU 370 - Integrating Tech into Educ  2
University Core and Electives  5-6
Year Total: 15-18 15-16
Senior YearCredits
BIOE 408 - Rocky Mountain Vegetation
or BIOE 416 - Alpine Ecology
EDU 497 - Methods3  
EDU 395 - Practicum3  
EDSP 306 - Exceptional Learners3  
Upper Division Biology Elective3  
University Core and Electives3  
EDU 495 - Student Teaching  12
EDU 408 - Professional Issues: K-12  2
Year Total: 18 14
Total Program Credits: 120

Must be taken in assigned semester

University requirements for graduation also must be completed, including university core requirements and a minimum of 120 total credits of which 42 must be in courses numbered 300 and above.

Requirements for Admission to Upper Division Courses in Biology

For admission to upper division (numbered 300 or higher) Biology (BIOB, BIOE, BIOO, BIOM) and Fish and Wildlife Management (WILD) courses, students must have completed at least 45 total university credits with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 for all courses and have also earned a "C-" or better for any prerequisite courses. Limited exceptions may be made by consent of instructor. Any student who obtains enrollment in an upper division biology course without satisfying these requirements will be required to withdraw from the course.