Department of Biology
School of Arts and Sciences
Science Building 330 ~ 260-481-6305 ~ www.ipfw.edu/bio
The study of biology is an excellent way to prepare for a career in teaching because it provides the student with a solid foundation in science as well as in teaching. Students who plan to earn a B.S. with a major in biology with life science teaching certification should consult regularly with the coordinator of advising of the School of Education.
To earn a B.S. with a major in biology with life science teaching certification, you must fulfill the requirements specified by the IPFW School of Education and fulfill the requirements of IPFW and of the School of Arts and Sciences with the exception of the foreign language requirement (see Parts 3 and 7).
The School of Education requires that you first complete EDUA F300, EDUC W200/M101, and EDUC K201 before you are permitted to take professional education courses. Prior to your junior year, you must successfully complete the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) before admission to the teacher education program. The PRAXIS II Specialty Area Exam must be completed before or during the student-teaching semester, normally in your senior year.
To be eligible to apply for teacher licensure, you must earn a GPA of 2.00 or higher in each general education area. You should work closely with your advisor to ensure completion of general education requirements for teacher licensing. You must also earn a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher in your major area and the professional education courses. Each professional education course must be completed with a grade of C or better.
Students who qualify may elect to do an independent project supervised by a faculty member. Credits earned in these courses (BIOL 295 or BIOL 595) cannot be used to satisfy A/B-elective requirements.