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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Science Teaching: Teaching Area - Biological Sciences, BA

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Science Teaching

The programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Science Teaching are designed for students planning to teach biological sciences, chemistry, or physical sciences on the secondary school level (grades 9-12). To be recommended for licensure, students must earn a grade of C or higher in all required science content and education courses.

Double Majors in Science Teaching and Content Area

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Science Teaching could result in a double major in Science Teaching and the select content area (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, or Physics). To receive a double major in Science Teaching and the selected content area, a Change of Academic Program form must be completed to declare both majors. To achieve a double major, the appropriate plan of study listed under Science Teaching must be followed and all major requirements from both programs must be satisfied. The double major prepares students for teaching science on the secondary level and graduate work in the respective content field.

Program Requirements

Freshman Year

Credit Hours: 18-19

Second Semester

Credit Hours: 17-18

Sophomore Year

First Semester

Credit Hours: 17

Second Semester

Credit Hours: 17

Junior Year

Senior Year

Credit Hours: 15

Second Semester

  • Emphasis Area Requirement 12 Credits 9
Credit Hours: 12

Total Semester Hours: 127-129

1 Students must complete through 2020 in a modern language. See Modern Languages Requirement at Clemson University statement in Academic Regulations .

2 STAT 2300  or STAT 3090  

3 See General Education Requirements  

4 One lecture course must be completed for both biochemistry (BCHM 3010  or BCHM 3050 ) and for genetics (GEN 3000  or GEN 3020 ).

5 One lecture and associated laboratory must be selected from BIOL 3010 ; BIOL 3020 /BIOL 3060 ; BIOL 3030 /BIOL 3070 ; BIOL 3040 /BIOL 3080 ; BIOL 3200 ; BIOL 4060 /BIOL 4070 ; or BIOL 4250 /BIOL 4260 .

6 At least one selected from BIOL 4410 , BIOL 4420 , BIOL 4430 , BIOL 4460 , BIOL 4700 , or MICR 4010 .

7 At least one selected from BIOL 3160 , BIOL 4010 , BIOL 4080 , BIOL 4590 , BIOL 4750 , or BIOL 4800 .

8 To be taken the semester prior to EDSC 4470  and EDSC 4570 . EDSC 4270  and EDLT 4980  must be taken concurrently.

9 Completion of one of the following emphasis areas is required:

(1) Teacher Certification Emphasis Area - Students completing the coursework for the Teacher Certification Emphasis Area must complete the following coursework and meet all requirements for enrollment in professional courses, apply for directed teaching/teaching internship, and meet all requirements for recommendation for initial licensure as stated in the Undergraduate Catalog under Teacher Education Programs. The following courses must be taken the spring semester of the senior year.

(2) Non-Certification Emphasis Area - Individual students who have a minimum of 90 semester credit hours, have senior status in the degree program, and do not complete student teaching/internship and capstone requirements may be recommended by the faculty for the Non-Certification option. Students in the Non-Certification Emphasis Area will not meet the South Carolina Department of Education requirements for initial teacher certification. The Non-Certification option allows 12 credits of elective coursework to be substituted in lieu of the nine credits of student teaching/internship and three-credit capstone course. In consultation with and based on the recommendation of their faculty advisor, students may initiate the formal change for the Non-Certification Emphasis Area through the Change of Academic Program Form approved by the faculty advisor and department chair. It is recommended that students consult with their faculty advisor to select courses to meet the 12-credit elective requirement.


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