Biological Sciences, Secondary Education Concentration, BS Requirements:
  • All students are encouraged to see an advisor after completion of 24 credits.
  • 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

Charger Foundations Requirements
*Please see Area V for CoS requirements that can also be used to fulfill Charger Foundations Requirements.

Area I: Freshman Composition3-6
COLLEGE WRITING I
COLLEGE WRITING I W/STUDIO
COLLEGE WRITING II
ACCELERATED COLLEGE WRITING
HONORS ENGLISH SEMINAR
Area II: Humanities and Fine Arts*12
Fine Arts3
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
THEATRE APPRECIATION
INTRO TO FILM STUDIES
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
Literature3-6
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE 2
HONORS SEM READINGS LIT/CUL I
HONORS SEM READINGS LIT/CUL 2
MYTHOLOGY
Humanities and Fine Arts3-6
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I: SPANISH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I: ARABIC
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:FRENCH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:GERMAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:JAPANESE
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:RUSSIAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:SPANISH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II: ARABIC
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:FRENCH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:GERMAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:JAPANESE
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:RUSSIAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:SPANISH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG I: ARABIC
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:FRENCH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:GERMAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG: JAPANESE
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:RUSSIAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:SPANISH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II: ARABIC
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:FRENCH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:GERMAN
INTERM FORGN LANG II:JAPANESE
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:RUSSIAN
INTERNATIONAL CINEMA
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
INTRO TO ETHICS
INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
TECH, SCIENCE & HUMAN VALUES
INTRO WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES
ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL WORLDS
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
THEATRE APPRECIATION
INTRO TO FILM STUDIES
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
Area III: Mathematics and Sciences11-12
Mathematics3-4
NATURE OF MATHEMATICS
ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS
FINITE MATHEMATICS
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA
PRECALCULUS TRIGONOMETRY
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA & TRIG
MATH PROFESSIONAL APPLICATIONS
CALCULUS A
Natural Sciences (Lab)8
SURVEY OF ASTRONOMY
EXPLORING THE COSMOS I
EXPLORING THE COSMOS II
FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
GENERAL, ORGANIC, BIOCHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE
WEATHER, CLIMATE & GLOBAL CHNG
CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS
GENERAL PHYSICS I
GENERAL PHYSICS II
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC III
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB III
Area IV: History and Social and Behavioral Sciences*12
History3-6
WORLD HISTORY TO 1500
WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500
UNITED STATES TO 1877
UNITED STATES SINCE 1877
Social and Behavioral Sciences6-9
PRINC OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINC OF MICROECONOMICS
GLOBAL SYSTEMS AND CULTURES
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
INTRO TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
INTRO TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I
LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS
INTRO TO CRIMINOLOGY
INTRO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

* Take either 1 EH (Area II) + 2 HY (Area IV) <OR> 2 EH (Area II) + 1 HY (Area IV). Take no more than six hours in a single discipline in Area II or Area IV.

Area V: Pre Professional Requirements

Courses in this area may also fulfill Charger Foundations requirements
Communications: 3
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
Calculus - choose one:3-4
MATH PROFESSIONAL APPLICATIONS
CALCULUS A
Physics Sequence Choose one:8
GENERAL PHYSICS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS I LAB
&
GENERAL PHYSICS II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
OR
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
&
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
Psychology6
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I
LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT
General Chemistry and lab4
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
Organic Chemistry and lab4
ELEM ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
ELEM ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB I
Computer Programming - choose one:3
INTRO COMPUTERS & PROGRAM
INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING
INTRO PROGRAMMING USING JAVA
INTRO TO CS USING PYTHON
Technical Writing3
TECHNICAL WRITING

 Major Requirements

Biology Core 518
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
and LABORATORY
and RECITATION
ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY
and ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY LAB
and RECITATION
GENETICS AND EVOLUTION
and LABORATORY
and RECITATION
CELL & DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY
and CELL & DEVELOPMENT BIO LAB
SENIOR CAPSTONE
Biology Secondary Ed Concentration Requirements18
PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY
GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY I
and LABORATORY
ELEMENTARY BIOCHEMISTRY
BYS elective courses, 7 credits

Education Certification Requirements 

Secondary Education Courses40
INTRO TO EDUCATION PRACTICUM
MULTICULTURAL FND EDUCATION
EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
TCHG THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD
INSTR STRATEGIES INCLUSIVE CLR
FOUNDATIONS EDUC EVALUAT
TCHNG SCIENCE MID & SEC SCH I
TECHNOLOGY IN CLASSROOM
TCHG READING/CONTENT AREA
CLASSROOM & BEHAVIOR MGMT
HIGH SCHOOL INTERNSHIP
Total Semester Hours131-136
 
 
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
FYE 101SCHARGER SUCCESS - SCIENCE 1
BYS 119
119L
119R
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
and LABORATORY
and RECITATION
4
CH 121
CH 125
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
4
MA 171CALCULUS A 4
EH 101COLLEGE WRITING I 3
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Spring
EH 102COLLEGE WRITING II 3
BYS 120
120L
120R
ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY
and ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY LAB
and RECITATION
4
CH 123
CH 126
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
4
PY 101GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I 3
 Term Semester Hours: 14
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
PY 201LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT 3
CM 113Intro to Rhetorical Communication 3
Literature  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 17
Spring
BYS 300
300L
CELL & DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY
and CELL & DEVELOPMENT BIO LAB
4
BYS 301ELEMENTARY BIOCHEMISTRY 3
History  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Fine Art  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Humanities, 2nd Fine Art or 2nd Literature  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.   
 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 
  or CS 104  or INTRO TO CS USING PYTHON 
 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 423TCHNG SCIENCE MID SEC SCH I 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