DePaul University College of Education > Academics > Undergraduate > Undergraduate Majors > Secondary Education (BA/BS) > Major Requirements > Secondary Education Biology (BS)

Secondary Education Biology (BS)

Course Requirements

Content Area Courses

Biology Core: 28 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Biology Electives: 12 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Biology electives cannot include courses designated as scientific inquiry.  A minimum of 2 lab courses are required.
  • BIO elective course
  • BIO elective course with lab
  • BIO elective course with lab 

Mathematics Core: 8 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

General Chemistry Core: 12 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Organic Chemistry or Physics Series Core: 12 quarter hours required, grade of C- or better required

Pre-Education Introductory Courses: 20 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Advanced Standing Education Courses: 28 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Student Teaching : 10 quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required

Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures in the college core section.  EDU 95 indicates to the Illinois State Board of Education that all field experience hours are complete.  All students also take SEC 387, Capstone Seminar with student teaching (listed in the Liberal Studies section).

​​​​​​​​Licensure Tests

All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license. Secondary Education Biology majors must complete the following tests:
  • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (test #400) - assesses knowledge of reading comprehension, language arts, writing, and math.  Test is required to qualify for Advanced Standing. *Check with your advisor about qualifying for a waiver with acceptable ACT or SAT test scores.
  • Science: Biology Content Area Test (test #105) – assesses knowledge of both biological science and physical science.  Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply).  ​​ 
  • EdTPA - assessment conducted during the student teaching experience including video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning and reflective commentaries. Students will submit an electronic portfolio to an outside agency for independent evaluation and a fee will be imposed by that agency as part of the assessment.
 
​​

Content displayed from Major Requirements on DePaul University Catalog