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Biology Education (6-12) Program

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.

Admission to the Program

Those entering the College of Education and Human Services must meet University admissions requirements as well as specific COEHS admissions criteria. You must submit passing scores on all four parts of the FTCE General Knowledge exam for admission into the College of Education and Human Services.


  • Satisfactory completion of 60 semester hours of credit from UNF or other regionally accredited institution(s). An Associate in Arts Degree (AA) from one of Florida's public community/state colleges or SUS schools satisfies General Education and Gordon Rule requirements.
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 or better in all college level course work.
  • Passing scores (no exemptions) on all four parts of the Florida General Knowledge (GK) Test. Transferring students, students changing majors, or students who have not presented passing scores on all four parts of the GK exam will not be permitted to enroll in any upper level education courses until they have been admitted into COEHS Teacher Preparation Programs.

Science Education: Biology (6-12) (Bachelor of Arts in Education)

Program Description for Science Education

Major: Science Education Concentration: Biology (6-12) Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Education

Prerequisites (23 credits)

  • Minimum "C" grade required.
  • NOTE: In addition to the prerequisites listed above, UNF strongly recommends prospective Biology Education Majors to complete the following courses, if possible, while completing their general education lower division coursework:
  • EDF 2085 Introduction to Diversity for Educators
  • EME 2040 Introduction to Technology for Educators
  • PHY 2053 Algebra Based Physics I
  • PHY 2053L Algebra Based Physics I Lab Acceptable substitute: PHY 2048/2048L Calculus based Physics Lab I

EDF1005 Intro to Teaching Profession (3 Credits)

  • Acceptable substitute: EDFX005

MAC2311 (GM) Calculus I (4 Credits)

  • Acceptable substitute:MACX241

BSC1010C General Biology I (4 Credits)

  • Acceptable substitute: BSC X010/X010L

BSC1011C General Biology II (4 Credits)

  • Acceptable substitute: BSC X011/X011L

CHM 2045 General Chemistry I

  • Acceptable Substitutes: CHM 2045C, PHY X048/X048L, PHY X048C, PHYX053/x053L, PHY X053C

CHM 2045L General Chemistry I Lab

CHM 2046 General Chemistry II

CHM 2046L General Chemistry II Lab

Acceptable Substitutes: CHM 2046C, PHY X049/X049L, PHY X049C PHY X054/X054L, PHY X054C

Foundation (7 credits)

BSC2012C General Biology III (4 Credits)

CHM2210 Organic Chemistry I (3 Credits)

Core Requirements (16 credits)


EDF3151 Educational Psychology (3 Credits)

EDF3945 Field Laboratory I (2-4 Credits)

EDF3946 Field Laboratory II (2-4 Credits)

EDF4444 Assessment of Learn/Behavior (3 Credits)

EDG3323 The Learning Process (3 Credits)

EDG4410 Classroom Managment Commun (3 Credits)

Major Requirements (25 credits)

Minimum grade of "C" or higher is required.

MCB3020C Microbial Biology (4 Credits)

PCB3023C Molecular and Cell Biology (4 Credits)

PCB3043C Principles of Ecology (4 Credits)

PCB3063C Genetics (4 Credits)

RED3333 Content Area Reading (3 Credits)

SCE4330 Special Meth:Secondary Science (3 Credits)

TSL4324 TESOL for Content Area Teacher (3 Credits)

Internships (12 credits)

All degree course work must be completed satisfactorily before enrolling into Internship. Fall internship applications are due the 4th Friday of the previous spring term. Spring internship applications are due the 4th Friday of the previous fall term.

ESE4943 Student Internship (1-12 Credits)

48 Upper Level Hours (48 credits)

To graduate with a Bachelor's degree from the College of Education and Human Services, you must earn a minimum of 48 upper level credits out of a minimum 120 degree applicable required credit hours.

48HOURS 48 upper level hours

Biology Education (6-12) Block Schedule

This block schedule is not to be used in lieu of your Program of Study, but to assist in appropriate sequencing of course work and for planning each term. This schedule is intended to be a suggested sequence for the program; however, completion of the program is subject to course availability. This tentative schedule is subject to change. The schedule assumes that:

  • You begin courses in the Fall Term (August - December).
  • You have satisfied all program prerequisites, foreign language, and General Education requirements.
  • You have passing scores on all four parts of the CLAST exam or General Knowledge (GK) exam.
  • You are a full-time student, can take day and evening classes, and will have continuous enrollment.
Junior Year
Term Class Number Class
Fall Term (12 hours) EDF 3151 Nature of the Learner
Fall Term (12 hours) EDG 3323 The Learning Process
Fall Term (12 hours) EDF 3945 Field Laboratory I
Fall Term (12 hours) BSC 2023C Human Biology
Spring Term (15 hours) EDF 4327 Assessment of Learning Behavior
Spring Term (15 hours) CHM 3120C Quantitative Analytical Chemistry
Spring Term (15 hours) PCB 3023C Molecular and Cell Biology
Spring Term (15 hours) PCB 2033C Ecology
Summer Term (7 hours) EDG 4410 Classroom Management and Communication
Summer Term (7 hours) MCB 2013C Microbiology


Senior Year
Term Class Number Class
Fall Term (13 hours) SCE 4330 Special Methods: Secondary Science
Fall Term (13 hours) EDF 3946 Field Laboratory II
Fall Term (13 hours) PCB 3063C Genetics
Fall Term (13 hours) PHY 2053 College Physics I
Fall Term (13 hours) PHY 2053L College Physics I Laboratory
Summer Term (12 hour) ESE 4943 Student Internship



  1. Field Labs I and II require at least 5 daytime hours per week at an assigned school site.
  2. A transfer student with 60 semester hours but without an AA degree from a Florida public institution should complete any missing General Education requirements as noted on the Transfer Evaluation. Course work to satisfy missing General Education may be found in the university catalog.