Biological Sciences, Secondary Education Concentration, BS Requirements:
  • Biological Sciences, Secondary Education Concentration BS degree requires a minimum of 131 credit hours.
  • 39 of 131 credit hours must be taken at 300 level or higher (39 credits includes courses taken at the 300+ level in major, minor (if chosen), Pre professional area and electives).
  • 12 credit hours of 300 level and above must be taken in the major--or 6 credit hours in the major and 6 credit hours in the minor (if chosen).
  • 12 of the last 18 credit hours must be taken at UAH, with an overall 25% of coursework taken at UAH.
  • Unless otherwise noted a C- or better is required for all College of Science prerequisite courses.
  • No more than 64 credit hours from a two-year college can be applied toward a UAH degree. 
  • For graduation application instructions, see here.
Degree Requirements
Freshmen Composition6
FRESHMAN COMPOSITION
FRESHMAN COMPOSITION
Humanities and Fine Arts12
Fine Arts: Choose one3
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
THEATRE APPRECIATION
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
Literature: Choose one3
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I
MYTHOLOGY
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE 2
Speech3
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
Humanities, 2nd Fine art or 2nd Literature: Choose one 13
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
INTRO TO ETHICS
TECH, SCIENCE & HUMAN VALUES
INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
Any WLC course 100 or 200 level 4
INTRO WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES
2nd Literature 1
2nd Fine Art
Mathematics and Science11-12
Mathematics: Choose one 23-4
CALCULUS WITH APPLICATIONS
CALCULUS A
Natural Science: Choose one sequence in Physics8
GENERAL PHYSICS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS II
or
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
History and Social Behavioral Sciences12
History: Choose one 13
WORLD HISTORY TO 1500
WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500
UNITED STATES TO 1877
UNITED STATES SINCE 1877
Social and Behavioral Sciences, required for Education program:6
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I
LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT
2nd History or 3rd Social and Behavioral Science: Choose one 33
2nd History 1
3rd Social and Behavioral Science 3
Pre Professional14-18
Computer Science: Choose one3
INTRO COMPUTERS & PROGRAM
INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING
INTRO PROGRAMMING USING JAVA
Technical Writing3
TECHNICAL WRITING
Chemistry Requirement: Choose one option8-12
Option 1:8
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
or
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
and
ELEM ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
and ELEM ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB
Option 2:12
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB I
Option 3:12
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
ELEM ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
and ELEM ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB
Biology Core 518
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY
GENETICS AND EVOLUTION
CELL & DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY
SENIOR CAPSTONE
Biology Secondary Ed Concentration Requirements18
PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY
GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY I
ELEMENTARY BIOCHEMISTRY
BYS elective courses, 7 credits
Secondary Education Courses40
INTRO TO EDUCATION PRACTICUM
MULTICULTURAL FND EDUCATION
EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
TCHG THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD
INSTR STRATEGIES INCLUSIVE CLR
FOUNDATIONS EDUC EVALUAT
TCHG SC MID & SEC SCHOOLS
TECHNOLOGY IN CLASSROOM
TCHG READING/CONTENT AREA
CLASSROOM & BEHAVIOR MGMT
HIGH SCHOOL INTERNSHIP
Total Semester Hours131-136
 
1

Students must take one literature and one history course. Students must also take either a second literature or history course to complete a sequence. (EH 207 + EH 208, EH 209 + EH 210, EH 242 + EH 208, EH 242 + EH 210, HY 103 + HY 104, or HY 221 + HY 222)

2

Based on Math placement, prerequisite MA 112 and/or MA 113 Mathematics courses may be required. If the student intends to pursue a course of study requiring more advanced mathematics background, MA 171 is recommended. Otherwise, MA 120 may be used to meet this requirement.

3

 No more than 6 credit hours can be taken in a single discipline.

4

For choices see the World Languages and Cultures department.

5

Biology pre requisites require a minimum grade of D- or higher. BYS 301 and BYS 314 pre requisites require a minimum grade of C- or higher.

Sample four year plan for Biological Sciences, Secondary Education Concentration, BS degree:

Note: This is only an example and variations are possible.

Year 1
FallSemester Hours
EH 101FRESHMAN COMPOSITION 3
BYS 119
119L
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
and LABORATORY
4
CH 121
CH 125
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
4
MA 171CALCULUS A 4
FYE 101CHARGER SUCCESS 1
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Spring
EH 102FRESHMAN COMPOSITION 3
BYS 120
120L
ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY
and ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY LAB
4
CH 123
CH 126
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
4
Fine Art  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
PY 101GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I 3
 Term Semester Hours: 17
Year 2
Fall
BYS 219
219L
GENETICS AND EVOLUTION
and LABORATORY
4
CH 201
CH 205
ELEM ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
and ELEM ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB
4
Literature  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
PY 201LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT 3
 Term Semester Hours: 14
Spring
BYS 300
300L
CELL & DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY
and CELL & DEVELOPMENT BIO LAB
4
BYS 301ELEMENTARY BIOCHEMISTRY 3
Humanities, 2nd Fine art or 2nd Literature  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
History  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
CM 113Intro to Rhetorical Communication 3
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Year 3
Fall
BYS 312PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY 4
BYS 321
321L
GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY I
and LABORATORY
4
PH 101
101L
GENERAL PHYSICS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS I LAB
4
2nd History or 3rd Social/Behavioral science  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Spring
BYS 300+ level or higher course  3
BYS 300+ level or higher course  4
PH 102
102L
GENERAL PHYSICS II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
4
CS 100INTRO COMPUTERS PROGRAM 3
  or CS 102  or INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING 
  or CS 103  or INTRO PROGRAMMING USING JAVA 
 Term Semester Hours: 14
Year 4
Fall
ED 301INTRO TO EDUCATION PRACTICUM 1
ED 307MULTICULTURAL FND EDUCATION 3
ED 308EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 3
EDC 301TCHG THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD 3
EDC 311INSTR STRATEGIES INCLUSIVE CLR 3
 Term Semester Hours: 13
Spring
ED 410FOUNDATIONS EDUC EVALUAT 3
ED 423TCHG SC MID SEC SCHOOLS 3
ED 350TECHNOLOGY IN CLASSROOM 3
EH 301TECHNICAL WRITING 3
 Term Semester Hours: 12
Fifth Year
Fall
ED 309CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR MGMT 3
ED 408TCHG READING/CONTENT AREA 3
 Term Semester Hours: 6
Spring
ED 497HIGH SCHOOL INTERNSHIP 12
 Term Semester Hours: 12
 Total Semester Hours: 135