2015-2016 Academic Catalog 
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2015-2016 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Biology, B.S. leading to the M.A. in Education

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(with an area of concentration in Secondary Teaching and Inquiry/Leading to Unified Science and Biology Certification)

Maryville students who wish to teach biology in grades 9 – 12 complete the biology major with specific certification requirements and complete the M.A. in Education in their fifth year. A student may enter this program while an undergraduate at Maryville University through the Early Access Program. 

The Education Minor provides early access to the M.A. in Education Secondary Teaching and Inquiry (MA/STI). Students must maintain an overall 2.75 GPA and a 3.0 GPA in the content area. Students enrolled in this program are advised by a School of Education adviser and an Arts & Sciences adviser in their content area. Students must work closely with both advisers to ensure completion of the appropriate and required coursework in a timely manner. Early access does not guarantee acceptance into the M.A. in Education program but does provide appropriate background for possible success. Candidates apply for the Master’s program in the fall of their senior year. Early access does not guarantee acceptance into the MA/STI. Acceptance into the MA/STI requires cumulative 3.0 GPA, 3.0 in content, Praxis II passing score, to submit the graduate school application form, to submit an essay, to submit three letters of recommendations, and a successful interview with the mentoring team. See the School of Education: Secondary Education Bridge section for details.   

Biology Major - General Education Requirements


  • One course in art, music, performance, or aesthetics
  • One additional course in English or in a foreign language
  • One additional humanities elective from English, the arts, aesthetics, foreign language, humanities, philosophy, or religion
  • One course in American history or government
  • One course in philosophy
  • Two additional social science electives from different disciplines: economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, or sociology.
  • Two courses approved by the adviser and selected from disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Additional Required Courses


In addition to the core, students must take six courses from at least two of the four ‘baskets’. One of these courses must be ENV 112 and at least two of these courses must be 300 level or higher. If four of these courses come from the same ‘basket’, the student has an EMPHASIS in that basket. 

For the education minor an emphasis the remaining social science general education elective must be fulfilled by taking one course in psychology, sociology, or anthropology.  

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