Jun 18, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, BS or Biology, BS with Secondary Science Education Certificate (*)

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In addition to the bachelor of science degree with no concentration, the department also offers these specialized bachelor of science concentrations: Cell and Molecular Biology; Ecology, Conservation, and Evolutionary Biology; Honors Biology; Pre-medical Biology; and Pre-veterinary Biology. Students who pursue the Pre-medical or Pre-veterinary Concentration must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 after their third semester in the program to continue in that concentration. All students, including transfer students, must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to transfer into the Pre-medical or Pre- veterinary Concentration after their third semester. For qualified BS Biology Pre-medical concentration students with a GPA of 3.0 and above, there is an interdisciplinary dual baccalaureate offering. Additionally, students in each concentration will have the opportunity to apply the free electives credits towards a minor from Biology, such as Animal Behavior, Biomedical Science, Forensic Biosciences, Environmental Microbiology, Neurobiology, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, or others of interest. Please refer to the section on individual Biology department Minors for their description and curricular requirements. Also please refer to the different Biology degree program and concentrations for detailed distribution of credits, curricular requirements, and interdisciplinary opportunities.The bachelor of science degree program in biology with no concentration is designed to provide maximum depth in the biological sciences the sciences and mathematics, combined with flexibility in the choice of ancillary science courses for an interdisciplinary minor. This program allows the student (in consultation with the advisor) to graduate with an interdisciplinary minor and a minor from biology such as Animal Behavior, Environmental Microbiology, Forensic Biosciences, Biomedical Science, Neurobiology, or Wildlife and Conservation Biology. With proper selections from among ancillary science courses, a student could minor in any of the following: biochemistry, chemistry, geoscience, or applied statistics. Furthermore with proper selection of free electives, a student could minor in either mathematics or physics.

The department also offers a Secondary Science Education Certificate for students interested in teaching. Completion of the Certificate in Secondary Science Teaching requirements as part of their BS in Biology program prepares students to become certified middle- and high-school teachers in Pennsylvania and other states. Biology teachers in grades 7 to 12 teach subjects that require a broad and solid foundation in Biology, as well as other sciences and mathematics. Courses in the foundations of education and pedagogy complement the subject matter studies. Students create and present lessons, first in their courses and then in school classrooms, culminating in the student teaching experience in the final semester.

Interdisciplinary Dual Baccalaureate: BS Biology/Pre-medical Concentration and BS Medical Technology This dual baccalaureate is an interdisciplinary, collaborative program between two colleges to meet work force demands and provide viable career options to our post baccalaureate students.  Allied Health Professions Programs Coordinator of the College of Health and Human Services will collaborate with Biology faculty and help academically to advise students in the dual baccalaureate program.

The curricular structure in the dual Bachelor of Science degree in BS Biology/Pre-medical Concentration and BS Medical Technology would be a natural fit for students seeking to work as a medical technologist in a clinical, laboratory, or biotechnology setting. This program would also benefit students seeking employment experience prior to medical or graduate school admissions.

Students with a GPA of 3.0 and above enrolled in the BS Medical Technology/BS Biology-Pre- medical dual degree programs would be eligible to apply for a one year of clinical experience with an affiliated, hospital-based schools of Medical Technology. Areas of instruction will be consistent with requirements of the National Accrediting Agency of Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Following training the students will qualify for the national certification examination. Successful results on this examination will lead to certification as professionally qualified medical technologist/clinical laboratory scientist.

Upon completion of the clinical training at an articulated clinical affiliate, IUP will grant 30 credits that which will be applied to the student’s transcript towards their Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology. Qualified students in this program would have completed a minimum of 150 credits, to receive a Dual Bachelor of Science in Biology/Pre-medical Concentration and Medical Technology along with Certification to work as a professionally qualified medical technologist.

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and Paramedic Certification: The Department of Biology has entered into a collaborative credit transfer agreement to allow our students to obtain credit by completing the EMR, EMT, or Paramedic programs of the Institute for Rural Health and Safety and the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science. Please contact the Biology office for details on course schedules, substituting Biology courses for these credits, and the certification criteria for these clock hour programs.

Pre-medical and Pre-veterinary Advisory Committee: Pre-medical and pre-veterinary concentration Biology students interested in applying to professional schools are generally required to submit a committee letter that addresses student skills and academic preparation. To continue our student- centered academic mission, our pre-medical and pre-veterinary advisory committee goals are to streamline student undergraduate and professional preparation; improve communication, collaboration, and engagement among faculty advisors and students from recruitment through graduation and beyond; and build stronger relationships with alumni through mentorships, internships and business partnerships. In alignment with these academic and curricular goals, Biology committee members will perform mock interviews for Biology students pursuing professional training, and author committee recommendations and professional school evaluation letters on behalf of Biology students, with specific focus upon individual student achievements and curricular training

Liberal Studies: 45-48

As outlined in the Liberal Studies Requirements  with the following specifications:

Social Science:

 one course should also fulfill GMA requirement 

Major: 36

Controlled Biology Electives: 24

  • Biology electives (major courses only) (3,4)
  • A minimum of 12cr must be in courses at the 300-400 level.

Controlled Electives: 24

Biology Concentration:

Other Requirements:

Exit survey for assessment purposes 

Free Electives: 12-15


Total Degree Requirements: 120

(*) See requirements leading to teacher certification, titled “3-Step Process for Teacher Education.” In the College of Education and Communications   section of this catalog.

(1)   MATH 105  will fulfill the Liberal Studies Mathematics requirement for Secondary Science Education certificate students. MATH 121  will fulfill the Liberal Studies Mathematics requirement for BS Biology majors.

(2)   7cr of Liberal Studies Elective courses (GEOS 200  and MATH 217 ) are required for Secondary Science Education certificate students. MATH 216  or MATH 217  will fulfill the Liberal Studies Elective requirement for Biology majors.

(3)   No more than 6cr total from Independent Study, Special Topics, or Internship applies to major; excess applied as free electives.

(4)   No more than 4cr can come from 100-level courses. Excluding prerequisite, cognate, liberal studies, college core courses, no more than two majors’ courses can be shared between a major and minor.

(5)  For BS Biology majors, courses appropriate for a Minor of interest should be selected.

(6)   Free Electives will be used toward Secondary Science Education Certificate courses; or a Minor such as Animal Behavior, Biomedical Science, Forensic Biosciences, Environmental Microbiology, Neurobiology, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, or other minors of interest.

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