Biology with Teacher Certification (Biology), B.A.

Completion of this major prepares one to assume the responsibilities of a biology teacher in elementary, middle, or high schools in which science is taught as a separate subject. Continued study may include a Master’s degree in biology or a related discipline or a Master’s degree and doctorate in education.


  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0.
  • A minimum of B- or better on all education courses
  • Passing scores on the Praxis CORE, or 560 verbal, 540 Math on the SAT, or 23 or higher on the ACT, or 155 verbal, 156 quantitative on the GRE.

Passing scores on the Praxis CORE Academic Skills for Educators Tests, as of 9/1/15:

  • Math Test#5732         Passing Score 150
  • Reading Test#5712    Passing Score 156
  • Writing Test#5722     Passing Score 162

For more information on Praxis exams:


  • Completion of NJCU General Education requirements or equivalent
  • Passing scores on appropriate Praxis II Exam
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Successful completion of clinical experience and clinical practice (student teaching)

This includes successful submission of the performance assessment, edTPA, as required by the New Jersey Department of Education.

Note: For the most updated information on this teaching certification program, students are directed to contact the College of Education as changes may have occurred since publication.

BIOL 130Principles Biology I4
BIOL 131Principles Biology II4
BIOL 230Cell Biology4
BIOL 236Anatomy & Physiology I4
BIOL 237Anatomy & Physiology II4
BIOL 304Genetics4
BIOL 402Ecology4
BIOL 440Biology Seminar1
CHEM 105General Chemistry I Lecture3
CHEM 1105General Chemistry I Recitation/Laboratory2
CHEM 106General Chemistry II Lecture3
CHEM 1106General Chemistry II Recitation/Laboratory2
PHYS 101Basic Concepts of Physics3
EESC 109Principles of Environmental Science3
MATH 175Enhanced Precalculus4
INTD 180Computers Tools for Science and Math3
or MATH 140 Statistics I
or PSYC 230 Statistics for Social Sciences
Select a minimum of seven credits of Biology courses numbered 300 or higher, at least three of which must be numbered 400 or higher7
Required General Studies Program Courses
WGST 110Diversity and Difference: Identities, Communities, and Cultures3
MATH 215Problem Solving in Mathematics3
LTED 160Languages of Power and Social Justice3
Required Education Courses
Phase I :
EDU 280Challenges in Urban Education3
LTED 230Focus: Reading Language & Literacy3
Phase II:
EDU 330Focus: Development, Behavior and Learning3
EDU 371Grades 7-12 Methods/Materials3
Phase III: Courses should be taken concurrently; offered fall semester only
LTED 370Secondary:Reading & Language Workshop2
EDU 3372Methods and Materials of Teaching Science in Middle and Secondary Schools3
EDU 331Clinical Practice I2
Phase IV:
EDU 470Concurrent Student Teaching Seminar2
EDU 480Clinical Practice II8
EDU 485Classroom Management and Assessment Internship Seminar2
  1. Required of students who have yet to meet Praxis Core Math requirement.
  2. Strongly recommended for students who have yet to meet Praxis Core Writing and Reading requirements.
  3. Students must successfully complete a minimum of 5 Biology major courses at NJCU.
  4. Credits earned for Biology courses more than 10 years ago may not satisfy department requirements.
  5. A minimum grade of “C” is required in each Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics course in order to receive the BA in Biology.
  6. Students must achieve an average of “C” (2.0) or better in Principles of Biology I & II before enrolling in higher-level Biology courses.
  7. Students must successfully complete each required course within three attempts to remain in the BA in Biology program.
  8. Students must successfully complete both Anatomy & Physiology I and II to earn Biology elective credits.
  9. Students may apply up to 6 credits of Biology Research or Coop Education toward the BA in Biology requirements.
  10. Biology electives should be selected from courses numbered higher than BIOL 230.
Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 101
English Composition I
or English Composition I for English as a Second Language Students
INTD 101 Orientation to College First time freshman only 1
MATH 175 Enhanced Precalculus 4
BIOL 130 Principles Biology I 4
WGST 110 Diversity and Difference: Identities, Communities, and Cultures 3
Semester 2
ENGL 102
English Composition II
or English Composition I for English as a Second Language Students
BIOL 131 Principles Biology II 4
MATH 140 Statistics I 3
EESC 109 Principles of Environmental Science 3
Semester 1
BIOL 230 Cell Biology 4
CHEM 105 General Chemistry I Lecture 3
CHEM 1105 General Chemistry I Recitation/Laboratory 2
EDU 280 Challenges in Urban Education 3
LTED 230 Focus: Reading Language & Literacy 3
Semester 2
BIOL 304 Genetics 4
CHEM 106 General Chemistry II Lecture 3
CHEM 1106 General Chemistry II Recitation/Laboratory 2
PHYS 101 Basic Concepts of Physics 3
General Education Tier II course 3
Semester 1
BIOL 236 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
EDU 330 Focus: Development, Behavior and Learning 3
EDU 371 Grades 7-12 Methods/Materials 3
Biology Major Elective 3
General Education Tier II course 3
Semester 2
BIOL 237 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
Biology Major Elective 4
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Semester 1
BIOL 402 Ecology 4
EDU 331 Clinical Practice I 2
EDU 3372 Methods and Materials of Teaching Science in Middle and Secondary Schools 3
LTED 370 Secondary:Reading & Language Workshop 2
General Education Tier III Capstone Course 3
Semester 2
BIOL 440 Biology Seminar 1
EDU 470 Concurrent Student Teaching Seminar 2
EDU 480 Clinical Practice II 8
EDU 485 Classroom Management and Assessment Internship Seminar 2
 Total Credits120