B.S. Ed. Biology Secondary Education (extended major)

If you wish to teach in the secondary schools, you may wish to consider this extended degree. To earn this degree, complete at least 120 units of coursework, which we describe in the sections that follow:   

Be aware that some courses required for your degree may have prerequisites that you must also take. Check the courses in the appropriate subject.   (You may be able to count these prerequisites toward your liberal studies or general elective credit.)  


Please note that you must complete NAUís diversity requirements by taking two 3-unit courses, one in ethnic diversity and one in global awareness. These courses may be used to meet other requirements within your academic plan if you choose them carefully. Click here for a list of the available diversity courses.


Also be aware that NAU requires that at least 30 units of the courses you take for your degree must be upper-division courses (those numbered 300 and above).  


In addition, be aware that you must have a grade point average of at least 2.5 in all of your NAU coursework in order to graduate. This requirement applies to all B.S.Ed. majors at NAU.  


Finally, please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement; however, you must still meet the total of at least 120 units to graduate. Contact your advisor for details.  


Also be aware that, for the B.S.Ed. degree, you must have the following:  

Major Requirements  

Complete the following 75 units of biology and science support courses.  

 Biology Courses  

Complete at least the following 40 units with a grade of C or better in each course:  

BIO 425C and 425L

or BIO 201 and 202  

any BIO courses, except BIO 100, 100L and 310 or any BIO recitation (R) courses

up to 3 units of BIO 300

up to 6 units from BIO 408, 485, 497, and 498

up to 6 units from FOR 403, 404, and 405 and CHM 360 or 461  

Science Support Courses  

Take the following 35 units:   

Teacher-Preparation Requirements  

Complete 31 units of professional courses offered by the College of Education to qualify for certification to teach biology in Arizona and most other states.  


Click here for more information about Teacher Preparation in Secondary Education.  You should also receive advisement from the College of Education for this part of your academic plan.  


Please note that these 31 units include ECI 495C, which meets NAUís senior capstone requirement. Also note that for the B.S.Ed. in biology and secondary education, you may substitute SCI 308 for ECI 308.  

General Electives  

Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.  


You may take these remaining courses from any academic area, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with the Biology Advisement Center to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they werenít used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)  


Click here for information about our Biology undergraduate courses and faculty.