COSAM BIOL Major

Biology Requirements for all Biology Degrees:

These courses are required by all tracks of biology.

BIOL 2100, Biology Sophomore Seminar    1 hour
BIOL 33xx, Intelligent Design    3 hours
BIOL 3440/3441, Cell and Molecular Biology    4 hours
BIOL 3445/3446, Genetics    4 hours
BIOL 3465/3466, Embryology    4 hours
BIOL 4200, Senior Seminar    2 hours
CHEM 1450/1451 and 1460/1461, General Chemistry I & II    8 hours
PHYS 1410/1411 and PHYS 1420/1421, General Physics I & II    8 hours
MATH 1335, Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry    4 hours
Total    38 hours

Biology Electives

Clinical and Non-Clinical Tracks must select 12 hours of Biology Electives.

BIOL 2435/2436, Invertebrate Biology    4 hours
BIOL 2450/2451, Plant Science    4 hours
BIOL 2465/2644, Microbiology    4 hours
BIOL 2470/2471, Human Anatomy and Physiology I    4 hours
BIOL 2480/2481, Human Anatomy and Physiology II    4 hours
BIOL 3320, Biology Lab Assistant    2 hours
BIOL 3455/3456, Animal Behavior    4 hours
BIOL 3370, Metabolism and Its Diseases    3 hours
BIOL 3375, Immunology    3 hours
BIOL 3410/3411, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy    4 hours
BIOL 3460/3461 Ecology    4 hours
BIOL 3470/3471, Exercise Physiology    4 hours
BIOL 4110, Special Topics I    1 hour
BIOL 4210, Special Topics II    2 hours
BIOL 4320, Biology Lab Assistant    1-3 hours
BIOL 4440/4441, Pathophysiology    4 hours
BIOL 4530, Senior Research    1-5 hours
CHEM 4310, Biochemistry    3 hours

Clinical Track Biology Requirements

Biology requirements for Clinical Track.

BIOL 1470/1471, Comparative Biology    4 hours
BIOL 2470/2471, Human Anatomy and Physiology I    4 hours
BIOL 2465/2466, Microbiology    4 hours
BIOL 2480/2481, Human Anatomy and Physiology II    4 hours
BIOL 3200, Junior Seminar    2 hours
BIOL 4440/4441, Pathophysiology    4 hours
BIOL 4320 Research Assistantship and/or BIOL 4320
    Lab Assistantship and/or BIOL 4110 Special Topics    3 hours
CHEM 2450/2451 and 2460/2461 Organic Chemistry I and II    8 hours
CHEM 3410, Biochemistry    4 hours
Total    36 hours

Total Hours for Clinical Degree Track:
General Curriculum Requirements    40-41 hours
General Biology Requirements    38 hours
Biology Requirements for Clinical Track    36 hours
Biology Electives    12 hours
General Electives    6 hours
Total Hours for Biology Degree – Clinical Track    132 hours

Non-Clinical Track Biology Requirements

Biology requirements for Non-Clinical Track:

BIOL 1470/1471, Comparative Biology    4 hours
BIOL 2490/2491, General Anatomy and Physiology    4 hours
BIOL 2450/2451, Plant Science    4 hours
BIOL 3200, Junior Seminar    2 hours
BIOL 3460/3461, Ecology    4 hours
BIOL 4320 Research Assistantship and/or BIOL 4320
    Lab Assistantship and/or BIOL 4110 Special Topics    3 hours
CHEM 2450/2451 and 2460/2461 Organic Chemistry I & II    8 hours
CHEM 3410, Biochemistry    4 hours
PHSC 1420/1421, Earth Science    4 hours
Total    37 hours

Total Hours for Non-Clinical Degree Track:

General Curriculum Requirements    40-41 hours
General Biology Requirements    38 hours
Biology Requirements for Non-Clinical Track    37 hours
Biology Electives    12 hours
General Electives    6 hours
Total Hours for Biology Degree – Non-Clinical Track    133 hours

All students at North Greenville University must earn one credit hour for Chapel and Cultural Events for each semester of full-time enrollment in addition to the above hours up to a maximum of 8 credit hours. 

All part-time or transfer students must pass a minimum of two semesters of Cultural events and two semesters of Chapel attendance to earn a Bachelor degree from North Greenville University.
Students must apply to the Health Science Advisory Committee for admission into the Biology Program.  Application cannot be made until after their freshmen year (>30 credit hours).  The successful applicant must have an overall 2.5 GPA with a “C” or better in courses of Biology (BIOL 1410 and BIOL 1411), Chemistry (CHEM 1450 and CHEM 1460), and English (ENGL 1310 and ENGL 1320).  In order to graduate with a biology degree, the biology student must have:

  • A2.5 GPA in courses of their major;
  • Greater than a 2.0 overall GPA; and
  • Pass the senior seminar capstone course with a “C” or better

Secondary Education Broad Field Science with Biology Degree

The College of Science and Math and The College of Education seek to prepare teachers who have not only deep understanding of subjects and methods of teaching, but also deep understanding of students; who not only facilitate students’ learning, but also promote students’ holistic wellbeing; who desire not only to see others continually grow and develop, but who also continue to grow as professionals themselves.  We envision our graduates teaching effectively, leading through example, and continually learning the art and science of the teaching profession.

To accomplish these goals, the Biology Department has established the following immediate learning outcomes:

  • To provide students with a knowledge of fundamental biological concepts, relationships, and processes to prepare them to teach in Secondary Education
  • To provide students with a basic foundation of knowledge in cellular, molecular, and “total organism” biology to enable them to teach in the life sciences
  • To train students in the use of the scientific method in solving scientific problems
  • To develop students’ skills in the use of laboratory equipment used in research
  • To develop students’ skills in the writing of scientific reports for specific biological topics
  • To challenge students to think critically and apply analytical reasoning to the interpretation of various scientific topics, both classical as well as current
  • To train the students to relate to high school students and teach them the scientific process of critically thinking
  • To develop the technological and informational skills necessary to research and communicate successfully in an electronic age
  • To develop an awareness of the ways in which faith integrates into learning

Goal

To graduate students proficient in the fields of biology, physics, and chemistry who can successfully acquire positions in secondary education and other such science-related fields.

The teacher education program at North Greenville University, a Christ-centered institution, prepares teacher candidates to become effective practitioners, caring leaders, and lifelong learners in a diverse, changing society.

Admission

Admission to North Greenville University does not guarantee admission to the North Greenville University Teacher Licensure program.

General Education Requirements for all Secondary Education Broad Field Science with Biology Degree:

ENGL 1310, 1320    6 hours
ENGL 3315, Advanced Grammar and Style or substitution
    by permission of advisor    3 hours
MUSC 1320    3 hours
HIST 1350 or 1360    3 hours
MATH 1333, Statistics for Biology Majors    3 hours
BIOL 1410/1411 Principles of Biology    4 hours
PHED 1200    2 hours
CHST 1310 or 1320; 2335    6 hours
PSYC 2310 General Psychology    3 hours
PSYC 2385, Adolescent Psychology    3 hours
COMM 2300    3 hours
Total    39 hours

Biology Requirements for all Biology Degrees:

These courses are required by all tracks of Biology:

BIOL 2100, Biology Sophomore Seminar    1 hour
BIOL 3300, Intelligent Design    3 hours
BIOL 3440/3441, Cell and Molecular Biology    4 hours
BIOL 3445/3446, Genetics    4 hours
BIOL 3465/3466, Embryology    4 hours
BIOL 4200, Senior Seminar    2 hours
CHEM 1450/1451 and 1460/1461    8 hours
PHYS 1410/1411 and PHYS 1420/1421    8 hours
MATH 1410, Calculus I    4 hours
Total    38 hours

Secondary Education – Broad Field Science with Biology Requirements Biology Requirements for Secondary Education – Broad Field Science with Biology

BIOL 1470/1471, Comparative Biology    4 hours
BIOL 2490/2491, General Anatomy and Physiology    4 hours
BIOL 3210, Junior Seminar for Educators    2 hours
BIOL 3460/3460, Ecology    4 hours
BIOL 4340, Scientific Methods    3 hours

Total    17 hours

General Science Requirement for Broad Field Science with Biology Secondary Education Track

CHEM 2470/2471, Organic/Biochemistry    4 hours
PHSC 1425 General Earth Science    4 hours
PHYS 1455, General Astronomy    4 hours

Total     12 hours

Education Requirements for Broad Field Science with Biology Secondary Education Track

EDUC 1215, Integration of Technology in Secondary
    Curriculum    2 hours
EDUC 1210, Introduction to Education    2 hours
EDUC 2230, Foundations of Education    2 hours
EDUC 3350, Exceptional Child    3 hours
EDUC 3410, Educational Psychology    4 hours
EDUC 4340, Classroom Management    3 hours
EDUC 3290, Curriculum Development    2 hours
EDUC 3395, Reading in Content Area    3 hours
EDUC 4600, Directed Student Teaching    12 hours
Total    33 hours

Total Hours for Secondary Education Degree:
Total General Education Requirements*    39 hours
Total Biology Requirements    67 hours
Total Education Electives    33 hours
Total Hours for Secondary Education Broad Science
    Emphasis Degree    139 hours

Students must first apply to the Health Science Advisory Committee for admission into the Biology Program.  Application cannot be made until after their freshman year (>30 credit hours).  The successful applicant must have an overall 2.5 GPA with a “C” or better in courses of Biology (BIOL 1410 and BIOL 1411), Chemistry (CHEM 1450 and CHEM 1460), and English (ENGL 1310 and ENGL 1320).  In order to graduate with a biology degree, the biology student must have:

  • A 2.5 GPA in courses of their major;
  • Greater than a 2.0 overall GPA, and
  • Pass the senior seminar capstone course with a “C”.

The student must also make application to North Greenville University’s Secondary Education Licensure Program.  This should take place no later than the end of the student’s freshman year.  Meeting standards formulated by the College of Education and the College of Science and Math in no way is a guarantee of the student’s success in a classroom, but demonstrates the candidate’s serious desire to meet the academic requirements for the secondary teacher.

Candidates must meet the following initial entrance requirements into the Secondary Education Licensure Program:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • The successful completion of 30 semester hours of undergraduate study. (Transfer students must complete a minimum of 15 hours at NGU.)
  • The student must have exhibited satisfactory citizenship and behavior while enrolled at NGU.  Secondary Teacher candidates who have been expelled or suspended are not eligible for initial entry until fully reinstated in good standing by the University.
  • A minimum of “C” in all science courses and a “C” or better in  English 1310 and 1320, Communication 2300, and all education courses.
  • Demonstration of minimum competency in oral and written communications skills, as well as computational skills, as shown by acceptable scores on all sections of Praxis I.
  • Make an acceptable score on the Assessment of Dispositions (2.5 or better).

Teaching Certifications:  Candidates will be certified to teach in S. C. secondary schools and will meet all the requirements of S. C. State Board of Education.

  • Candidates will take and pass all required sections of the Praxis II exams (General Science with Biology and/or Chemistry/Physics) and Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exams.
  • Candidates will successfully complete the student teaching requirements.
  • Candidates will maintain a 3.0 or better on the assessment of dispositions.
  • Candidates will apply for certification and complete the finger printing requirements.

Furthermore, candidates must continue to maintain an overall GPA of 2.5, complete all required program courses in Education and Science with a “C” or better, and pass the Praxis II General Science with Biology exam and/or Chemistry/Physics exam prior to directed student teaching.  Successful candidates will meet the requirements for directed student teaching as outlined in the NGU Student Teaching Handbook.  Students who meet all of the requirements satisfactorily as delineated in the handbook and upon graduation will seek accreditation from the state in which they plan to teach.

Students planning to follow a Secondary Education program at North Greenville University must meet the admission requirement of the Biology Degree listed above, as well as the requirements of the Teacher Licensure Program.  The standards of admission to the Teacher Licensure Program are inclusive of those for admission to North Greenville University and include other criteria outlined by the College of Education.  Please refer to the Teacher Education Program in the Education section for complete requirements.  It must be understood that admission to NGU is not synonymous with admission to the Secondary Education Teacher Licensure Program.

Course requirements are approved by the State Department of Education and may not be changed by the University without their approval.  However, the requirements for a teaching credential in South Carolina are subject to change by the State Board of Education and by the South Carolina General Assembly during the period of preparation for such a credential.  The University may, therefore, change the Teacher Education Program to comply with changing requirements of the State at any time and cannot assume responsibility for such changes or additional courses that new State regulations may require.