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Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012 ARCHIVED 
Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012 ARCHIVED [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, B.S.E.

Students majoring in this program follow the guidelines of the National Science Teachers Association take a biology core and supporting science, computer and mathematics courses. Students majoring in this program will be prepared to teach Biology and a selected minor at the secondary level.

System-wide General Education Requirement (30 Credits)

Majors must take PSYC 101 , BIOL 151 , BIOL 165 , and MATH 102  as part of the System-wide General Education Requirement.

Institutional Graduation Requirement (11 Credits)

Majors must take CIS 130  as part of the Institutional Graduation Requirement.


Students should complete professional education coursework concurrently with general education and content major coursework.

Select 6 credits from the following (6 Credits)


* May be repeated provided student does not enroll in the same topics courses. One credit Biology special topics offering may not be combined to substitute for a required or elective three-or-four credit Biology course.

Chemistry Component (8 Credits)

Physics Component (4 Credits)

Minor Requirement (12-13 Credits)

Students choosing a minor in chemistry or computer education can complete those minors with an additional 12-13 credits because of the core courses required above. Students choosing a minor in another subject area may need to complete an additional 15-18 credits to meet the requirements for the selected minor.

Professional Education Courses (32 Credits)

Students must complete 30 hours of system-wide general education courses in their first 64 credit hours.

All Professional Education Courses must be completed with a “C” or better.

1 No grade less than a “C” and must be completed prior to admission to Teacher Education

2 Requires field experience.

Pre-Professional Block


*Students planning to teach outside South Dakota are encouraged to take SPED 100  for 3 credits.

Admission to the Teacher Education Program is required for the remaining courses. See Requirements for Admission  in the College of Education section.

Early Professional Block

Advanced Professional Block

Student Teaching Semester

Admission to Student Teaching is required for enrollment in SEED 488 . See Approval for Student Teaching  in College of Education section. SEED 401  and SEED 440  are taught in a compressed format during the first four weeks of the semester and are usually taken in the same semester as student teaching.

Students planning to teach outside South Dakota are encouraged to take

Minor/Endorsement Programs

(Minors leading to South Dakota certification)

See Education Endorsement Programs  in College of Education section for a list of all available minor/endorsement programs for K-12 and Secondary Education majors.