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    May 28, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog of Courses 
2022-2023 Catalog of Courses [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology Secondary Education Major


Liberal Arts Core - Credits: 34

See Liberal Arts Core  for course choices

First-Year Launch Corse FLC FLC 100  (Credits: 1)
Communication CO1/CO2 COMP 150 p and any one approved
        or CO2p course (Credits: 6)
  CO2/CO3 Any one approved CO2p course and any one approved
    CO3p course (Credits: 6)
Mathematics MA1 MATH 121 p (Credits: 4)
Arts & Humanities AH Any one approved AH course (Credits: 3)
Arts & Humanities AH One additional approved AH course (Credits: 3)
History HI Any one approved HI course (Credits: 3)
Social & Behavioral Sciences SS ED 222  c,p (Credits: 3)
AH/HI/SSb AH or HI or SS One additional approved AHb or HIb or SSb course (Credits: 3)
Natural & Physical Sciences SC1 CHEM 150  c,p (Credits: 4)
  SC1 or SC2 CHEM 151  c,p (Credits: 4)

Major Requirements - Credits: 95-98

Major Electives:

Complete one (1) course from the following:

Complete one (1) course from the following:

Free Electives - Credits: Variable

Chosen in conjunction with your academic advisor to assure that the total graduation credit requirement for this program is met.  

Note: Students completing the Liberal Arts Core in fewer than 33 credits or who have met a prerequisite or required course through transfer, examinations, or assessment of prior learning will have additional free electives.

Upper Division Requirement - Credits: 36

Among the total required courses, at least 36 credits must be upper division (300- and 400-level) courses. This major may require additional courses to meet the upper division requirement.

Course Information

Prior to course registration, students should review all courses for prerequisites, minimum prerequisite grade requirements and minimum class standing.

Additional Program Notes

e BIO 496  - Priority for admission to Senior Seminar is given to students who have met all prerequisites. Students should plan their prerequisite courses accordingly.

g The following courses require a grade of C- or better for continued progression through the degree program:  BIO 106 BIO 113 BIO 208 BIO 245 , and BIO 260 . The following courses require a grade of B- or better for continued progression through the licensure program: ED 222  ED 341  ED 342 

h Students double majoring in Biochemistry and Biology with an area concentration in Cellular and Molecular Biology may take either the senior seminar sequence in Chemistry ((CHEM 411  or CHEM 460  or CHEM 465  ) and CHEM 497  ) or Biology (BIO 496  and BIO 497  ).

j BIO 376  is only taught in the summer.

k Advanced Topics courses will vary annually, and specific topics will be identified in advance of each semester’s registration. An advanced topics course of similar content, with or without lab, cannot be repeated (e.g. BIO 425  – Advanced Topics in Molecular Biology of Disease and BIO 427  – Advanced Topics in Molecular Biology: Molecular Biology of Disease Lab could not be repeated).

l Course has a lab component and is allowed to count toward the “Two of the three courses must have labs” requirement.

m Majors may meet the MATH 121  and/or MATH 221  auxiliary requirement with a higher-level math calculus course.

Note: Undergraduate students must adhere to the Undergraduate Teacher Licensure Requirements and meet the academic standards for undergraduate classification.

Note: Post-baccalaureate students must adhere to Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure Requirements and meet the academic standards for Post-Baccalaureate classification.

Note: Students must be admitted to the Teacher Licensure program to enroll in 400-level ED prefix courses. Students must subsequently be admitted to Student Teaching.

c This Liberal Arts Core course is required by the major. To complete the degree in the specified total credits for graduation, students must use this course to fulfill the requirements of both the Liberal Arts Core and the major.

d This course fulfills both a Major requirement and a Liberal Arts Core requirement. Credits for this course are counted in the Liberal Arts Core section of the curriculum listing. These credits are not counted in the Major Requirements total.


All curricular requirements for the Liberal Arts Core and at least one major must be met. Many students choose to use free electives to complete the requirements for a certificate, minor or teacher licensure.

A minimum of 15 credits of coursework must be completed in the combined areas of AH/HI/SS.

Students must achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 and a minimum grade point average of 2.00 for those courses accepted to meet the requirements for the major, a certificate or minor.

A minimum of 30 credits must be completed at Fort Lewis College. College-sponsored off-campus academic experiences are considered “in residence.”