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Science Education: Biology (6-12)

The Osprey Map provides a term-by-term sample schedule for each undergraduate academic program at the University of North Florida. It is designed to guide students in the selection of courses each term. The "Mile Marker" courses are those courses that should be completed before or by the end of that term. Following the sample schedule, and completing the mile marker courses at the appropriate point of your undergraduate career, will facilitate graduation in four years. The term-by-term model assumes full-time enrollment. For students enrolled part-time, the sample schedule and mile markers should be followed based on the number of credits completed. The Osprey Map should be used in consultation with an academic advisor.

The National Science Education Standards and the Florida Science Curriculum Framework and Sunshine State Standards promote the importance of an inquiry orientation in science teaching. The Biology Education program supports less "coverage" of material and increased depth of understanding, appropriate use of instructional technology, and use of strategies to promote meaningful learning by all students. The science education programs emphasize a sound background in the instructional processes that help future teachers to justify and modify what they do in the classroom. In accordance with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) recommendations, they give teachers of each content area a general science background, as well as a specialized content emphasis. Visit the Biology Tab on the Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum: Undergraduate Programs webpage for additional information and for a complete list of prerequisites.

Career Planning
Engaging in career planning activities is significant to student success. UNF offers customized career centers to deliver targeted programs, events, services and resources. First-Year and Exploratory students should visit the Career Services webpage and Sophomore or higher level students with a declared COEHS major should visit the Office of Academic Support and Information Services (OASIS).

Students should refer to their personalized Degree Evaluation provided by an academic advisor and to other university resources for additional university and college-specific policies.
Visit the undergraduate university catalog for more information.

Summer terms may be utilized to facilitate graduation in four years.

  • Visit the university catalog for a list of General Education requirements. An Associate in Arts (AA) degree from a Florida public university, state college or community college satisfies UNF general education and Gordon Rule requirements. Math selection is contingent upon appropriate placement score, the student's major and credit received through accelerated mechanisms (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Dual Enrollment, etc). General Education course work must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
  • Students are encouraged to speak with College of Education faculty directly regarding questions about the teaching profession.
  • Admission into the College of Education and Human Services requires a minimum of 60 semester hours or a state of Florida AA degree with a grade point average of 2.50 or better and passing scores on all four parts of the General Knowledge (GK) test by Term 5. Program admission requires a decision by a college administrator or faculty. Students are not guaranteed admission into this program, and can not continue taking classes in Term 5 (61-75 hours) until admitted into this program. Find specific admission criteria for this program on your Degree Evaluation, college website, university catalog or consult your academic advisor. For more information visit the Office of Academic Support and Information Services (OASIS) webpage.
  • If preparation for MAC 2311 Calculus I is needed take MAC 1147 Precalculus or College Algebra and MAC 1114 Trigonometry. Prerequisite for CHM 2045/2045L General Chemistry I with lab is completion of CHM 1025 Introduction to Chemistry or qualifying score on chemistry placement assessment. College Algebra or MAC equivalent is also an enforced prerequisite for CHM 2045/2045L.
  • A minimum grade of "C" is required in all course work.
  • Students must maintain a minimum GPA of a 2.50 or better for each semester they are enrolled in a teacher education program.
  • A level 2 background check (including fingerprints) done and verified by the school district in which the field/clinical experiences will be completed is required prior to the assignment of any student to a field/clinical experience. Students not cleared by the school district will not be permitted access to schools.
  • All course work including successful completion of Field Labs I and II are prerequisites for Student Internship (Term 8). Courses with field lab requirements must be completed during fall and spring terms.
  • Passing the Professional Education and Subject Area exams of the Florida Teachers Certification Exam (FTCE) is required for completion of internship and graduation.
  • Civic Literacy Requirement: Prior to graduation from a Florida state university, students must demonstrate competency in civic literacy through successful completion of a civic literacy course (AMH 2020 or POS 2041) and by achieving a passing score on an assessment. Consult an academic advisor, the university catalog and visit the Civic Literacy webpage for additional information.
  • A minimum of 120 hours (48 hours at the upper 3000/4000 level) is required for the bachelor's degree.

Term 1: Attempted Hours 0-15

Schedule Credit Hours
ENC1101 (GW) Audience and Purpose 3
EDF1005 Intro to Teaching Profession (Program Prerequisite)
(Students are required to complete a minimum of 18 hours of field-based experiences with children and youth)
BSC1010C General Biology I (Program Prerequisite) 4
Select a Math course (Recommend MAC1147 Precalculus or MAC2311 Calculus I - Program Prerequisite, pending Math Placement Exam) 4
Total Hours: 14

Term 2: Attempted Hours 16-30

Schedule Credit Hours
ENC1143 (GW) Evidence and Style OR IDS1932 First Year IDS Writing Seminar 3
EDF2085 Intro to Diversity for Educators OR EME2040 Intro to Technology for Educators (Both are recommended courses)
(EDF2085 requires students to complete a minimum of 18 hours of field-based experiences with diverse populations of children and youth. EDF2085 also satisfies General Education, Critical Thinking-Diversity)
BSC1011C General Biology II (Program Prerequisite) 4
MAC2311 (GM) Calculus I (If not taken in Term 1 - Program Prerequisite) 4
Total Hours: 14

Mile Marker(s)
EDF1005 Intro to Teaching Profession Minimum Grade C
BSC1010C General Bio I Minimum Grade C

Summer 1

Schedule Credit Hours
Take General Knowledge (GK) Test. Submit test score results to Office of Academic Support and Information Services (OASIS) Building 57, Petway Hall, Room 1300.
Select a General Education Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3
Total Hours: 3

Term 3: Attempted Hours 31-45

Schedule Credit Hours
Select a third Gen Ed Written Communication Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3
EDF2085 Intro to Diversity for Educators OR EME2040 Intro to Technology for Educators (Both are recommended courses)
(EDF2085 requires students to complete a minimum of 18 hours of field-based experiences with diverse populations of children and youth)
BSC2012C General Biology III 4
CHM2045 General Chemistry I
CHM2045L General Chemistry I Laboratory
(Prerequisites for CHM2046/2046L)
Total Hours: 14

Mile Marker(s)
BSC1011C General Biology II Minimum Grade C
FTCE General Knowledge Exam

Term 4: Attempted Hours 46-60

Schedule Credit Hours
CHM2046 General Chemistry II
CHM2046L Gen Chem II Lab
(Prerequisites for CHM2210)
Select a General Education Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3
Select a General Education Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3
Select a General Education Course (See Degree Evaluation) 3
EDF3151 Educational Psychology (Transfer Juniors take EDF3151 in Term 5) 3
Total Hours: 16

Mile Marker(s)
CHM2045/2045L General Chemistry I with Lab Min Grade C
MAC2311 Calculus I Minimum Grade C
BSC2012C General Biology III Minimum Grade C
General Education Requirements

Term 5: Attempted Hours 61-75

Schedule Credit Hours
Select a General Education Course, if needed (See Degree Evaluation) 3
EDG3323 The Learning Process 3
EDF3945 Field Laboratory I (Must take with EDG3323 The Learning Process) 2
CHM2210 Organic Chemistry I
(Typically offered Fall, Spring and Summer terms)
EDF3151 Educational Psychology OR Free Elective course, if needed 3
Total Hours: 14

Mile Marker(s)
CHM2046/2046L General Chemistry II with Lab Min Grade C

Term 6: Attempted Hours 76-90

Schedule Credit Hours
EDF4444 Assessment of Learn/Behavior 3
EDG4410 Classroom Managment Commun 3
TSL4324 TESOL for Content Area Teacher (Typically offered Spring term only)
(Requires a 35 hour field component in secondary school)
PCB3023C Molecular and Cell Biology
(Typically offered Fall, Spring and Summer terms)
Total Hours: 13

Mile Marker(s)
EDF3151 Educational Psychology Minimum Grade C
EDG3323 The Learning Process Minimum Grade C
EDF3945 Field Laboratory I Minimum Grade C
CHM2210 Organic Chemistry I Minimum Grade C
Civic Literacy Requirement

Summer 3

Schedule Credit Hours
PCB3063C Genetics (Typically offered Fall, Spring and Summer terms) 4
PCB3043C Principles of Ecology (Typically offered Fall, Spring and Summer terms) 4
NOTE: Students prepare to take the Professional Education Certification Exam and the Biology Education (6-12) Subject Area Certification Exam. Students must attempt both exams prior to registration for Student Internship in Term 8.
Total Hours: 8

Term 7: Attempted Hours 91-105

Schedule Credit Hours
SCE4330 Special Meth:Secondary Science (Offered Fall term only) 3
RED4333 Content Area Reading 3
EDF3946 Field Laboratory II (Must take with SCE4330 Spec Meth: Secondary Science) 2
MCB3020C Microbial Biology (Typically offered Fall, Spring and Summer terms) 4
Total Hours: 12

Mile Marker(s)
SCE4330 Special Meth:Secondary Science Minimum Grade C
EDF4444 Assessment of Learn/Behavior Minimum Grade C
EDG4410 Classroom Managment Commun Minimum Grade C
EDF3946 Field Laboratory II Minimum Grade C
Biology 6-12 Major Requirements
2.5 GPA prior to Student Internship (ESE 4943)
Professional Education Certification Exam
Biology 6-12 SAE Certification Exam

Term 8: Attempted Hours 106-120

Schedule Credit Hours
ESE4943 Student Internship (Offered Fall and Spring terms only) 12
Total Hours: 12

Total Program Hours:



The Osprey Map is not a contract between the University of North Florida and the student. It should be used as a general guide for the purpose of meeting requirements and constructing course schedules. The Map may be altered periodically to meet the objectives of the academic program or the university.