Biology Education Major
Students successfully completing the B.S. degree in
Biology Education will be certified to teach biology and general science at
the high school level.
At Southwest Baptist University, biology education
majors go through an intense study of biology while also learning the
foundations of teaching high school students through classroom instruction,
technology integration, and multiple classroom field experiences.
The SBU Advantage
- Our caring, close-knit supportive learning
environment provides plenty of interaction, both in and out of the
- Faculty are certified teachers experienced in the
classroom and whose main job is to teach students.
- Classroom field experiences begin during the
- Our faculty’s commitment to networking will help
you with job placement.
Our education classrooms are equipped with the
same technology that is utilized in many public school classrooms, and our
faculty utilize hands-on teaching methods and projects to teach our future
Students must complete a total of 140 hours,
including 38 hours of biology courses, 21 hours of additional required
science courses, 40 hours of the professional education sequence, as well as
the general education and graduation requirements.
Education coursework begins during the
sophomore year with classes such as Foundations of Education, Educational
Psychology, and Technology for Educators, in addition to the first field
experience in an area secondary classroom. Junior year education curriculum
includes Principles and Methods of Secondary Instruction, Teaching Reading
in the Content Area, and Behavior and Classroom Management, along with
another field experience. Senior-level classes focus on preparing the
student for the 12-week student teaching experience.
- Unified Science Teaching Certification for Grades
9-12 is available and allows an individual to teach any of the beginning
sciences. An endorsement is required for each area in which an advanced
science course is taught. Endorsements are available in Biology or
- As part of a Christian university, we integrate the
Christian faith into classroom instruction within the Department of
Education. Scriptural truths are brought into the classroom for supporting
educational truth and theoretical truth.
- Area school district leaders seek out SBU graduates
because they are well-prepared to teach in the classroom and be servant
leaders in the academic community.
Clubs and Organizations
- SBU has a chapter of Student Missouri State
Teachers Association, the pre-professional organization for education majors
on Missouri college and university campuses that provides opportunities for
personal and professional growth and development of leadership skills.
- Biology Club members are involved in service
projects and planning social events.
Margaret A. Kort Biology Scholarship
The Margaret A. Kort Biology Scholarship fund is an
endowed scholarship fund established in honor of Dr. Margaret A. Kort's long
years of service to SBU and the department of biology. This scholarship has
been established by faculty and friends for the purpose of providing one or
more scholarships per year for SBU students majoring in the field of
Classroom field experiences begin during a
student’s sophomore year and continue throughout the program, culminating
with a full semester student teaching experience during the senior year.
Field experiences provide students with a variety of experiences to help the
student decide what is the best fit. During the student teaching experience,
the student will work directly with a cooperating teacher at the school, as
well as an SBU faculty member who will supervise the student’s experience.
Frank & Evelyn Huser Scholarship
For a student preparing for a career in biology on
the graduate level or, if none, then to a biology education major.The recipient must have completed a minimum of eight hours in biology
and an overall 3.0 grade point average.
Friends of the College of Science and
The School of Arts and Sciences Scholarship fund is
an endowed scholarship fund established by the curators and friends of the
School of Arts and Sciences. Scholarship recipients will be students who
have matriculated at SBU with a major in the College of Science and
Mathematics. Recipients must have achieved high academic honors at SBU and
show a good balance between the academic, spiritual, and social aspects of
Dr. Irl Tremain
For a student preparing for a career in the
Lucy C. Tremain
For a student preparing for a career in the
biological sciences, preferably in the field of ecology or population
A student graduating with a degree in biology
education is eligible for initial certification in Biology for grades 9-12
in the state of Missouri. Employment opportunities are very
promising. There is a need for high school biology teachers and SBU
graduates have been highly sought after.
- BIO 1111 Biology Colloquium
- Presentation and discussion of biological topics, current
events, and opportunities in the field. One lecture each week.
- BIO 2214 Environmental Biology
- An objective contemporary study of the environment and man's
effect upon it. A holistic approach is taken in studying relevant
problems relating to population growth, pollution and the
preservation of natural ecosystems.
- BIO 2134 General Zoology
- An introduction to the principles of classification of animals.
Animal life will be examined with respect to cell organization,
genetics, evolution, anatomy/physiology, and interaction of animals
with their environment. Three lectures; one laboratory each week.
- BIO 2234 General Botany
- A study of the plant world. Fungi, algae, bryophytes, seedless
vascular plants, gymnosperms and angiosperms will be studied with
regard to their life history, morphology, physiology and taxonomic
relationships. Three lectures, one lab each week.
- BIO 3324 Genetics
- Consideration of the nature, transmission, variation, and action
of the hereditary material in relation to the laws and theories of
heredity in both plants and animals. Three lectures, one laboratory
- BIO 3334 Ecology
- Study of the relations of animals and plants to each other and
to their environment. Three lectures, one laboratory each week.
- BIO 4471 Biology Seminar
- Investigation of biological literature related to selected
topics and presentation of scientific material for group discussion
and evaluation. One session each week.
- CHE 1115 General Chemistry I
- A study of the fundamental laws and theories involved in
chemical changes. Topics will include atomic theory, thermochemistry
and nuclear chemistry. Stress will be on the solving of mathematical
problems which illustrate the principles of chemistry. The course is
designed principally for students planning on careers related to the
natural sciences. Four lectures, one laboratory each week.
- CHE 1125 General Chemistry II
- A continuation of CHE 1115 covering chemical equilibrium,
oxidation-reduction, acid-base theory, thermodynamics, chemical
kinetics, the basics of coordination chemistry, and an introduction
to organic chemistry. Four lectures, one laboratory each week.
- PHS 1004 Introduction to Physical Science
- An integrated study of selected basic principles and concepts of
chemistry and physics, including topics of current interest.
Designed for the general student. Three lectures each week and one
laboratory period per week.
- PHS 1114 Introduction to Earth Science
- Basic principles of the earth in space, its atmosphere, the
oceans and the development of land forms by geologic agents.
Designed for the general student. Three lectures, one laboratory
period per week.
- PHS 3303 History & Philosophy of Science and Technology
- A study of the historical and philosophical foundations of
science and technology, accompanied by an examination of the logical
and ethical ramifications of various past and present science and
Twelve additional hours of Biology elective courses.
Professional Education Sequence (39 hours).