Academic Catalog

Biology Major — B.A. with Teaching Option

No additional students are being admitted to this program as of Fall 2021.

This program prepares students for initial New York State certification to teach at the secondary school (7-12) level.


Biology with Teaching Option B.A. Content Area Requirements62-64
Core Education Requirements41-47
Integrative Core Curriculum Requirements 117-29
Total Credits120

Degree Requirements 

BIOL 12100Principles of Biology, Cell and Molecular4
BIOL 12200Principles of Biology, Ecology and Evolution4
BIOL 20700Communicating Biology3
BIOL 22700Genetics4
BIOL 27100General Ecology4
BIOL 30200Research in Biology3
BIOL 35400Cell Biology4
BIOL 41100Biology Seminar0.5
BIOL 41200Biology: Seminar0.5
Evolutionary Perspective: Select one of the following courses:3-4
Biology of Oceanic Islands
The Evolution of Adaptations
Wonderful Life: Genes, Evolution, and Biodiversity
One course with Biology Elective attribute "BIEL" 13-4
BIOL 44000Inquiry and the Nature of Science for the Science Teacher3
CHEM 12100
CHEM 12200
Principles of Chemistry
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory
or CHEM 12300 Principles of Chemistry - Enriched Section
CHEM 12400Experimental Chemistry I2
CHEM 22100Organic Chemistry I3
Select one sequence from the following:8
Introduction to Physics I
and Introduction to Physics II
Principles of Physics I: Mechanics
and Principles of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism
EDUC 34100Science, Technology, and Society1
ENVS 23000Earth System Science 24
MATH 14500Statistics for the Health, Life, and Social Sciences4
EDUC 10200Reading Foundations2
EDUC 20200Literacy Across the Disciplines for Middle and Secondary Education2
EDUC 20100Technology for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher2
EDUC 21010Educational Psychology3
EDUC 21800Introduction to Pedagogy and Practice3
EDUC 21910Early Field Experience: Theory and Practice3
EDUC 22900Second Language Acquisition: Its Nature and Meaning for Educators2
EDUC 23900Educating Students with Special Needs in Diverse Classrooms3
EDUC 34000Social and Cultural Foundations of Education3
EDUC 40800Professional Development Seminar0
EDUC 41010Pedagogy and Practice for the Science Teacher3
EDUC 41210Seminar in Reflective Practice3
EDUC 49810Professional Semester in Education12
EDUC 19210Child Abuse Identification and Prevention0
EDUC 19220Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Identification and Prevention0
EDUC 19230School Violence Prevention0
EDUC 19240Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention0
Foreign Language Proficiency0-6
Total Credits103-111

Additional Education Requirements

  1. All teaching-option students must successfully complete a year of college-level study in a language other than English or demonstrate equivalent proficiency.
  2. All teaching-option students must successfully complete a writing course numbered WRTG 10600 or above.
  3. All teaching-option students must maintain a minimum overall G.P.A of 3.0 as well as a G.P.A. of 3.0 in their subject area coursework. 
  4. Students must earn a grade of B or better in all EDUC courses in the Education Core to qualify for student teaching. A grade of B- does not qualify.
  5. EDUC 49810 and EDUC 41210 constitute a full course load during the student-teaching semester. No additional courses may be taken nor can teacher candidates participate in extra-curricular activities that have the potential to affect time for teaching and preparation.
  6. During the semester of student teaching, the student may not play a college sport.
  7. All candidates for initial certification must successfully complete all New York State Certification tests or performance assessments required by the state for the applicant’s intended teaching certificate (type, grade levels, and subject areas).
  8. The department chair and the coordinator of teacher education in the subject area must approve any exceptions to the above requirements.
  9. The All-College Teacher Education Unit at Ithaca College requires teacher education students, regardless of program area, to be reviewed at four programmatic transition points during their course of study. Continuation in a teacher education major is contingent upon the student successfully meeting the requirements of each transition point review; therefore, admission into one of the Ithaca College Teacher Education Program majors at admission or upon transfer to the College does not guarantee that a student will be allowed to complete the program required for teaching certification. Further information can be found in the Unit-Wide Assessment Systems section of the main Department of Education catalog page.