Why study Biological Sciences BA/Biology Adolescent Education EdM at UB?
The biology education program is an accelerated, combined degree program that leads to a Biological Sciences BA and Biology Education EdM in five years.
The Department of Biological Sciences is a center for innovative, interdisciplinary life sciences research and teaching. Our faculty research interests span from molecules to ecosystems. This cross-disciplinary approach to life sciences enables new discoveries that impact every major field of biology. The biology coursework in the first three years will provide you with a deep understanding of the biological sciences. Select education courses give students opportunity to experience the nuances of the profession.
The graduate portion of the program will continue to build understanding of science and provide needed skills to become an effective teacher. The final year residency allows students to co-teach alongside an expert teacher to experience the inner workings of the classroom.
At the end of the five-year program, successful students will receive recommendation for New York State Initial and Professional Teacher Certification. You will join a dynamic community of science education teachers and researchers that engage and question 21st century critical issues in science education.
Students in the combined program will complete the learning outcomes of the Biological Sciences BA. In addition, graduates of the Biology Education EdM program will:
- Demonstrate subject specific content expertise that supports effective teaching in the field.
- Create inclusive learning environments to meet individual differences in a caring, culturally responsive, and professional manner.
- Construct relevant and rigorous curricula that includes critical assessment of student learning outcomes.
- Design, develop, and evaluate learning experiences that maximize the use of digital and interactive technologies.
- Promote the application of research and evidence based practices in diverse settings throughout their teaching careers.
- Remain intellectually curious, continually updating their knowledge and skills to ensure ongoing excellence in teaching.
The Learning Environment
The research and academic programs in the Department of Biological Sciences are inextricably intertwined. Our academic programs exploit the breadth and depth of our faculty’s research expertise, and their outstanding teaching and mentoring skills.
The curriculum of our undergraduate program emphasizes learning by doing. Our instructional philosophy of “lead with the lab” allows students at every level to develop critical thinking skills while providing broad, deep, and state-of-the-art training in all life science disciplines.
Most undergraduate education classes in the Department of Learning and Instruction enroll between 18-24 students while graduate courses enroll between 10 –18 students. Education courses are offered on campus as well as online. These small class sizes create an intimate learning environment where students have more opportunity to ask questions, contribute to discussions and get to know professors and peers. In the final year of the program, one-year placements as teachers in residence will provide comprehensive learning opportunities in a real grade 5-12 classroom setting.
About Our Facilities
The Department of Biological Sciences is housed in Cooke and Hochstetter Halls on UB’s North Campus. The department holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate our program’s teaching philosophies. Undergraduate laboratory courses are held in 10 teaching laboratories housed in Cooke and Hochstetter Halls.
All faculty and administrative offices, advisement, and most classrooms in the Department of Learning and Instruction are located in Baldy Hall. A small selection of classes are scheduled in other locations on UB North Campus. Clinical experiences are embedded throughout the program and are embedded in WNY region PreK-12 schools.
About Our Faculty
The Department of Biological Sciences is committed to conducting innovative research and providing outstanding instruction to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our department includes both distinguished faculty and upcoming, cutting-edge researchers who teach and conduct research in life sciences in interdisciplinary fields. The breadth of expertise among the faculty and the depth of their dedication fosters an atmosphere of discovery. We have a long tradition of excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching, as evidenced by the number of department faculty who have won awards for teaching excellence. All courses are taught by full-time faculty; no TAs or adjunct faculty contribute to departmental instruction. Approximately 40 graduate student TAs assist with undergraduate laboratories each semester.
Learning and Instruction distinguished faculty researchers are thought leaders and innovators. They share a commitment to mentor students to become leaders in the profession, influencing schools and communities. Our faculty pride themselves in applying knowledge that is based in theory and informed by research done in environments that promote examination of issues across boundaries. The experiences of our faculty help to instill an intellectual curiosity and encourage critical inquiry in students.
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Employment opportunities exist as New York State and other states nationwide are facing current and future teacher shortages. Program graduates will be equipped to find professional employment in public, private, and charter schools as teachers in grades 5-12. Graduates also may find career opportunities as educators, consultants, and researchers in public and private industry, as well as government agencies.
The departmental undergraduate advisors are available for consultative management of student program planning by appointment and on a drop-in basis.
Each accepted student is also assigned a faculty advisor within the department at the time of acceptance. The advisor should be consulted concerning program requirements and the selection of courses to meet those requirements.
Academic Advising Contact Information
Ms. Brandi McKnight, Tel: 645-4902; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Rebecca Leach, Tel: 645-4914; email: email@example.com
To schedule education coursework advisement, contact:
306 Baldy Hall
Academic Advisor, Teacher Education Institute
Scholarships and Financial Support
The department presents five scholarships to matriculated majors:
- The Knobloch Endowment Scholarship
- The McCroskey Endowment Scholarship
- Darryl Raszl Undergraduate Research Fellowship
- The Philip G. Miles Undergraduate Research Fellowship
- The Alumni Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Award criteria include both academic achievement and financial need.
Students in this program may also qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including: