Alternative Secondary Teaching Endorsement Program in Biology
Related natural science courses 14-16 *
General Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology
General Biology I emphasizes the unity of life, examining the processes common to living organisms, and introduce the diversity of life, examining unicellular organisms. This introduction will provide students with a basic understanding of macromolecules, cell structure and function, respiration and photosynthesis, the cell cycle, meiosis, the relationship between gene structure and function, mechanisms of evolutionary change and Christian perspectives on evolutionary biology. (4 credits)
General Biology: Ecology and Organismal Biology
General Biology II is an introduction to organismal biology emphasizing the diversity of life forms. Representative organisms from the plant and animal kingdoms will be emphasized. Students will also be introduced to basic ecological concepts and Christian perspectives on stewardship. (4 credits)
A study of the processes determining the distribution and abundance of organisms in space and time, their exchange of matter and energy with their environment, the measurement of these phenomena, and the application of ecological knowledge in the care of creation. Prerequisites: BIO115 and 116 (4 credits)
Choose one course: 4
Genetics and Genomics
(Writing intensive) An introduction to the principles of heredity and their practicalapplication. Note: Includes 1 1/2 hours of lab per week. Prerequisites: BIO115 or 116. (4 credits)
A study of the structure and function of cells and of their subcellularorganelles. Structural detail will be described to the level ofmacromolecular assemblages. Wherever possible, function will be described interms of the molecular mechanisms that underlie biological processes. (4credits, alternate years) Note: Includes three lectures and 1 1/2 hours of lab per week. Prerequisites: BIO115, 116, and CHE101SN, 102, or CHE111, 112.
Total credits required: 30-32
*Related courses may be taken from chemistry or physics. If at least 15 credits are taken in one of these related areas, then teaching endorsement requirements are satisfied in that second area, (in addition to endorsement in biology).