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Biological Sciences BA/Biology Adolescence Education EdM - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 04.01 BIOLOGY GENERAL, CIP: 26.0101 Biology/Biological Sciences, General)

Department of Biological Sciences

109 Cooke Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1300

Paul Gollnick,
Professor and Chair

Lara Hutson,
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Department of Learning and Instruction

Teacher Education Institution
375 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4610

Louise Lalli
Academic Advisor

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Biological Sciences BA/Biology Adolescence Education EdM Program

Academic Requirements

Transfer Credit Policy

Courses from other institutions that have been previously evaluated in comparison to UB courses are listed on UB's course articulation TAURUS website. For courses not listed, students must obtain approval through a petitioning process overseen by the department. Petition forms are available in 109 Cooke Hall (North Campus). In addition to filling out a petition, the student will be asked to provide supporting documents for transfer courses, such as a catalog description and/or syllabus.

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation. Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY website.

Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Residency Requirement

A student must complete a minimum of 30 undergraduate credit hours (the equivalent of one full year of study) at the University at Buffalo in order to earn a bachelor’s degree from the university.

The following forms of credit may not be used to fulfill the undergraduate residency requirement: transfer work; proficiency exams; Advanced Placement; military training; study abroad; cross-registration; international baccalaureate credit; and experiential learning.

Required Courses

Undergraduate Courses:

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 201 Cell Biology
BIO 303 General Physiology
BIO 305 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry
BIO 319 Genetics
Three two-credit 300-level BIO Lab Courses
One BIO 300/400 Elective
CEP 400 Educational Psychology
CHE 101 General Chemistry 1 (4) w/ CHE 113 Lab
CHE 102 General Chemistry 2 (4) w/ CHE 114 Lab
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry 1
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry 2
ELP 405 Sociology of Education
LAI 350 Introduction to Education
LAI 414 Adolescent Writing across Curriculum
LAI 474 Teaching the Exceptional Learner
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and its Applications I OR MTH 141 Calculus/MQR
MTH 122 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications 2or MTH 142 Calculus 2
PHY 101 College Physics 1/with lab PHY 151 OR PHY 107/SLI
PHY 102 College Physics 2/with lab PHY 152 OR PHY 108/PHY 158/SLI

NYS Education Department requires students in teacher preparation programs meet the following requirements. Students are encouraged to meet these requirements via the Pathways UB Curriculum requirements.

  • One three-credit course in a foreign language (UB Area Languages)
  • One three-credit course in arts/artistic expression (UB Area Arts)
  • One three-credit course in Historical and Social Sciences (UB Area Social Science or Civilization and History)
  • One three-credit course in Humanities (UB Area Humanities)

Graduate Courses
12 credits of 500-level Biology elective
LAI 531 Science Curricula; Current Approaches 
LAI 533 Science Instruction Topics 
LAI 534 Measurement and Evaluation in Science Instruction 
LAI 552 Middle Childhood/ Adolescent Literacy Methods 
LAI 595 Supervised Teaching 2
LAI 603 Developing Curricula for Emerging Adolescents
LAI 619 Teaching Science in Grades 5-12 
LAI 667 Field Experience 
LAI 668 Supervised Teaching 1
LAI 674 Seminar in Teaching
LAI 698 Instructional Strategies in Secondary Schools
LAI 700 Capstone 

Departmental Honors Requirements

Accepted students in the combined degree program will take Honors Research Methods (BIO 487) during Spring of the sophomore year, and in the junior year complete six credits of honors-level, biological research (BIO 497) in the laboratory of a UB faculty member. The research is presented at the departmental Honors symposium at the end of Spring semester. BIO 497 credits count for two of the required labs for the degree, and BIO 487 counts towards the UB Curriculum CL2 requirement. Students must maintain a 3.6 or greater GPA through graduation to graduate with honors. Honors students with a GPA of 3.6-3.79 will graduate with Honors. Students with GPAs of 3.8 and above will graduate with High Honors. Successful participation in the honors program and distinction level will be reflected on student diplomas.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Biological Sciences BA/Biology Adolescence Education EdM degrees
Undergraduate Credits Required98
Graduate Credits Required
Total Credits Required for Degree156

* Students in accelerated programs are exempt from 120 credit minimum for a Bachelor’s degree.

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Dec 05, 2019 11:40:52