Mar 23, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

TSAP in Biology Teaching (Dual Degree)

We are excited that you are pursuing a secondary teaching degree.  At PFW, we offer secondary teaching licenses in collaboration with several different content areas.  We do this through a Dual Degree program.  This means that each student earns a degree in the content area as well as a separate degree in Secondary Education.  Because it is a dual degree program, we accept all 60 credits from the Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University TSAP program but require more than 60 credits at PFW to complete both degrees.

At the time you are admitted to PFW, you will declare your majors with the Department of Biology and the School of Education.

Program Requirements

  1. Completion of the TSAP in Secondary Education - BIology A.S. degree is required for admission to the TSAP dual degree.
  2. No courses beyond the requirements for TSAP A.S. degree are required for admission to the B.S. in Biology program.  For admission to professional education, a minimum 2.70 cumulative GPA (PFW) as well as a 2.70 cumulative GPA in your major course work with at least 50% completed in major is required.
  3. For graduation, a 3.00 cumulative GPA and 3.00 major GPA are required. 
  4. All students in the B.S. with majors in Biology and Secondary Education are expected to meet the same student learning outcomes and program requirements. Additional program requirements exist for all students in the B.S. with a major in Biology and the B.S.Ed in Secondary Education.  Please see program pages for additional details. 
  5. You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for each degree program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies and procedures governing your academic career.  All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chairs or deans.
  6. List of Major courses and supporting courses required at PFW; total credits in program = 128.

Biology and Biology Elective Courses: Credits 17

  • BIOL 49100   Senior Biology Seminar (counts as Gen Ed C.8) (3 cr)
  • Biology electives with labs (8 cr)
  • Biology electives (6 cr)

Guidelines for BIology electives:

  1. Take at least one course with a laboratory from each of the A and B elective courses.
  2. The A elective courses focus on topics regarding the intact organism and its interaction with the environment, and so are organismal, population, community, and ecosystem in nature.
  3. The B elective courses focus on processes acting within the organism, and thus detail molecular, cellular, and organ-system mechanisms.
  4. See Biology Program Description for a complete list of A-Electives and B-Electives and how they connect to the three optional Concentration areas.

Supporting Courses: Credits 18

Statistics: 6 cr

  • STAT 24000    Statiscial Methods for Biology (3 cr)

  • STAT 34000    Elementary Statistical Methods II (3 cr)

Chemistry: 8 cr

  • CHM 25400    Organice Chemistry Laboratory (1 cr)

  • CHM 25500    Organic Chemistry (3 cr)

  • CHM 25600    Organic Chemistry (3 cr)

  • CHM 25800    Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1 cr)

Physics: 4 cr


Education Core: Credits 27

  • EDU 30600    Teaching Students with Special Needs in the Secondary Classroom (3 cr)
  • EDU 40500    The Middle and Junior HIgh School (3 cr) and EDU 30100   Laboratory/Field Experience (0 cr)
  • EDU 40101    Critical Reading in the Content Area (3 cr) and EDU 40100   Laboratory/Field Experience (0 cr)
  • EDU 44900    Methods of Teaching Science in the Secondary Schools (3 cr)
  • EDU 47500    Adolescent Development and Classroom Management (3 cr)
  • EDU 48000    Student Teaching in the Secondary School (12 cr)