Natural Science in Biology for Secondary Teachers (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

*Effective Fall 2020, this program is being phased out and has a 3-year teach out plan. More information can be found here.

A major in Natural Science for Secondary Teachers leads to certification to teach Science courses in schools. Students who pursue this program should consider teaching as their immediate career goal.

General Studies
Students must complete General Studies courses42-47
Major Requirements
BIO 105Principles of Organismal Biology4
BIO 106Principles of Cell Biology4
BIO 205Genetics4
BIO 225Ecology4
BIO 308History and Philosophy of the Natural Sciences3
BIO 380Biology Teaching: Materials and Methods3
BIO 390Microbiology4
CHE 111General Chemistry I5
CHE 120General Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis5
CHE 310Organic Chemistry I3
CHE 311Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHE 321Quantitative Analysis4
CHE 370Biochemistry I4
PHY 110College Physics I4
PHY 111College Physics II4
ESC 111Physical Geology4
ESC 120Meteorology4
MAT 111Introductory Statistics3
or MAT 111E Introductory Statistics
Select one course from each of the following areas:6-8
A. Organismal Diversity
Plant Morphology
Plant Systematics
Local Flora
Invertebrate Biology
Vertebrate Biology
B. Physiology
Animal Physiology
Plant Physiology
Education Professional Sequence
Students must complete the Professional Sequence36

Program Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.75, a major GPA of 3.0 and a minimum 3.0 GPA in Education coursework. 

University Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  6. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.