UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

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Degree Programs

B.S. in Biology (Life Science & General Science Education)

Students who are interested in teaching science have the following major program options:

  • Biology Major (Life Science and General Science Education)
  • Chemistry Major (Chemistry and General Science Education)
  • Geology Major (Earth and Space Science and General Science Education)
  • Physics Major (Physics and General Science Education)

Each program includes a core of science classes in biology, chemisty, physics, and earth and space science as well as a rigorous study of a specific scientific discipline and professional education courses. All four major options lead to teaching licensure in General Science, grades 4-12.

 

B.S. in Biology - Life Science and General Science Education Option

Teaching Licensure: General Science, Grades 4-12

 

General Science Education Core

Required core courses (11 courses, 31 credits)

CHEM 111 General Chemistry 1 (4 cr)
CHEM 116 General Chemistry Lab 1 (1 cr)
CHEM 112 General Chemistry 2 (4 cr)
CHEM 117 General Chemistry Lab 2 (1 cr)
ESM 302 Environmental Education Lab (1 cr)
GEOL 102 Introductory Geology Lab (1 cr)
GEOL 150 Geological Perspectives of Global Change (3 cr)
GEOL 269 Environmental Geology (3 cr)
PHYS 117 Astronomy (3 cr)
Select one of the following Physics sequences:
PHYS 131 Calculus-based Physics I (5 cr) AND PHYS 132 Calculus-based Physics II (5 cr)
OR
PHYS 121 Algebra-based Physics I (5 cr) AND PHYS 122 Algebra-based Physics II (5 cr)

Biology Core

Required Courses (7 courses, 22 credits)

BIOL 103 Biological Evolution (3)
BIOL 160 General Biology Freshman Research Focus (4)
BIOL 210 General Botany (3 cr)
BIOL 230 General Zoology (3 cr)
BIOL 240 Cell and Molecular Biology (3)
BIOL 350 Genetics (3 cr)
BIOL 360 Ecology (3 cr)

Advanced Biology Electives

Choose 14 credits from the following:

BIOL 195 Freshman Research Experiences (3) 
BIOL 243 Introduction to Biol. Greek-Latin (2) 
BIOL 295 Lab Research Experience (2) 
BIOL 296 Field Research Experience (2) 
BIOL 305 App. in Molecular Biology (3) 
BIOL 307 Human Heredity (2) 
BIOL 310 Identification of Plants (3) 
BIOL 314 Plant Pathology (3) 
BIOL 324 Microbiology (4) 
BIOL 333 Entomology (3) 
BIOL 341 Anatomy & Physiology I (4) 
BIOL 342 Anatomy & Physiology II (4) 
BIOL 344 Wildlife Biology (4) 
BIOL 345 Immunology (3) 
BIOL 351 Epigenetics (3) 
BIOL 353 Histology (4) 
BIOL 354 Freshwater Biology () 
BIOL 364 Developmental Biology (3) 
BIOL 365 Cancer Biology (3) 
BIOL 434 Ichthyology (3) 
BIOL 444 Ornithology (3) 
BIOL 451 Molecular Biology (4) 
BIOL 453 Virology (3) 
BIOL 471 Laboratory Experiences (1) 
BIOL 499 Independent Study (1-3)

 
Required Supporting Coursework

Select one of the following Math courses: (1 course, 3-4 credits)

MATH 147 Algebra and Trigonometry (3)
MATH 149 Pre-Calculus (4)
MATH 166 Calculus for Science and Math (4)

 
Professional Education Required Courses

Required Courses (10 courses, 38 credits)

Education Foundations
TED 100 - Introduction to Teaching (3 cr)
TED 252 - Foundations of Equity and Diversity in Education (3 cr)
TED 250 - Educational Psychology for Teachers (3 cr)
SPED 330 - Introduction to Special Education (3 cr)

High School Methods Block, all block courses must be competed in the same semester
TED 434 Methods for Teaching High School Science (4 cr)
TED 462 Content Area Literacy in Middle and Secondary School Science Education (3 cr)

Middle School Methods Block, all block courses must be competed in the same semester. 
TED 439 Methods for Teaching Middle School Science (4 cr)
TED 459 Applied Supports for Diverse Learners in Science (3 cr)

Student Teaching
TED 421 - Student Teaching Seminar (2 cr)
TED 472 - Student Teaching - Initial (10 cr)

For more information visit:

General Science Licensure

Teaching Programs at UWRF

Or Contact:

Tyler Koepke
Tyler Koepke

Sr. Advisor

tyler.koepke@uwrf.edu

 
 
John Wheeler
Dr. John Wheeler

Professor; Advisor

john.wheeler@uwrf.edu