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Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2019-2020 
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Biology, Secondary Education Concentration, BS

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Departments: Biological Sciences; Secondary Education and Professional Programs 

Students preparing to teach biology must complete this BS degree in biology and a BA in secondary education. Successful completion of both programs will lead to Massachusetts Initial Teacher Licensure. Please refer to the Educator Preparation and Licensure Policies and Procedures  section of this catalog for specific teacher licensure and program requirements. Students who wish to obtain a major in secondary education with a view toward licensure in biology must fulfill the Secondary Education Concentration within the biology program and will be required to pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL) in biology. Information on the MTEL® can be found at

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) provides a list of subject matter knowledge that is required for license. The list is available at


Learning Outcomes  

Grade Requirement

Students must receive a minimum grade of “C-” for the biology core courses, as listed below. Beyond the core, only one biology (BIOL) course with a grade below “C-” may be applied toward the major requirements. To qualify for graduation with a degree in biology, the student must have a major grade point average (GPA) of 2.3 or higher. The following courses may not be applied toward the Biology major and thus cannot be computed as part of the major GPA: BIOL 100, BIOL 110, BIOL 111, BIOL 112, BIOL 115, BIOL 117, BIOL 119 and BIOL 128.  

Course Requirements

Elective (3-4 credits)

In addition to the biology core sequence and subject area requirements, students must complete one additional biology (BIOL) course at the 200-level or above. Courses taken outside of Bridgewater State University require departmental approval.

Total minimum credits: 70

Teaching Practicum

The biology departmental approval to participate in the teaching practicum is signified by the signature of the biology department chairperson on the application to engage in the practicum, provided the following criteria are met:

  • Minimum biology GPA of 2.8
  • Any grade of “D+” or lower in a biology elective course has been repeated for a minimum grade of “C-” or substituted with an approved biology elective with a minimum grade of “C-“ 

Core Curriculum Requirements

A minimum of 120 earned credit hours is required for graduation. These earned hours include the Core Curriculum Requirements as specified in the Core Curriculum section of this catalog and at the Core Curriculum website, For additional graduation requirements, see the Undergraduate Academic Policies and Procedures section of this catalog.

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