Majors, Minors and Concentrations Details

B.A. degree program in adolescence education: biology teacher
HEGIS code 0401.01
NYS SED program code 26814

Bachelor's degree programs for adolescence education (grades 7-12): biology, chemistry, earth science, English, mathematics, modern languages (French, Italian, Spanish), physics, and social studies (Africana studies, American studies, anthropology, economics, history, political science, Puerto Rican and Latino studies, sociology), and special subjects (all grades): music - full information and requirements

Program/Department Advisers

Name
Title
Phone
Email
Office Hours
Muth, Theodore Associate Professor 718.951.5000 xt 2681   tmuth @ brooklyn.cuny.edu  

 

The Department of Secondary Education and the Department of Biology jointly offer a program for students who plan to teach biology in grades 7 through 12. Additional information may be obtained from the Department of Secondary Education or the Department of Biology. Adolescence education (grades 7-12) and special subject programs are writing intensive. Students should consult a counselor as early as possible to plan their program.

This program is writing intensive.

To enroll in any of the following courses--Biology 1002, 2074, 2071, 2072W, 2002 or 2002W, and 3004--students must have completed the appropriate pre- or co-requisite courses with a grade of C- or better. A student with a grade of D+ or lower in any biology course applied toward fulfillment of department requirements must repeat the course until the grade of C- or higher is earned, or offer another course of equal or higher rank. Any substitution of courses must be approved by the chairperson or deputy chair for advising. At least one course taken must be a writing intensive (W) course offered by the Department of Biology. Students who completed Biology 1080 and 1081 before fall 2010 may substitute them for Biology 1001 and 1002 in all degree requirements.
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Program requirements (64-70.5 credits)
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One of the following biology sequences, a), b), c), or d):

a) All of the following: Biology 1071 or 4019, 1072, 2073, 3006 or 3007W, 3003, 3011;

All of the following: Biology 2074, 2071 or 2072W, 3004;

At least 3 credits of the following: Biology 4001, 4002, 4011, 4010 or Computer and Information Science 2810, Biology 2001, 2002 or 2002W, 2010, 2020 or Psychology 2610, Biology 4015, 4016, 4013, 4022, 3083, 5020, Interdisciplinary Studies 4101 or 4102, Chemistry 4570 or 4571 or other advanced courses approved by the chairperson or deputy chair for advising.

b) All of the following: Biology 1001, 1002, 3003, 3004, 3006 or 3007W, 3011;

At least 5 credits of the following: Biology 2001, 2002 or 2002W, 4001, 4002, 4011, 2071 or 2072W, 4010 or Computer and Information Science 2810, Biology 2010, 2020 or Psychology 2610, Biology 4012, 4015, 4016, 4013, 4022, 3083, 5020, 5001 or 5010 or 5003W or 5014W or Interdisciplinary Studies 4101 or 4102, Chemistry 4570 or 4571 or other advanced courses approved by the chairperson or deputy chair for advising.

c) All of the following: Biology 1002, 1071, 1072, 3003, 3004, 3006 or 3007W, 3011;
At least 5 credits of the following: Biology 4001, 4002, 4011, 2071 or 2072W, 4010 or Computer and Information Science 2810, Biology 2010, 2020 or Psychology 2610, Biology 4015, 4016, 4013, 4022, 3083, 5020, 5001 or 5010 or 5003W or 5014W or Interdisciplinary Studies 4101 or 4102, Chemistry 4570 or 4571.

d) All of the following: Biology 1001, 2073, 2074, 3003, 3004, 3006 or 3007W, 3011;

At least 5 credits of the following: Biology 2001, 2002 or 2002W, 4001, 4002, 4011, 2071 or 2072W, 4010 or Computer and Information Science 2810, Biology 2010, 2020 or Psychology 2610, Biology 4012, 4015, 4016, 4013, 4022, 3083, 5020, 5001 or 5010 or 5003W or 5014W or Interdisciplinary Studies 4101 or 4102, Chemistry 4570 or 4571 or other advanced courses approved by the chairperson or deputy chair for advising.

One of the following chemistry sequences, a), b), c), or d):

a) Chemistry 1100 (or both 1050 and 2050) and 2500.
b) Chemistry 1100 (or both 1050 and 2050), and 2100, and 3510 (or both 3511 and 3512).
c) Chemistry 1100 (or both 1050 and 2050), 2100, 3510 (or both 3511 and 3512), and 3520 (or both 3521 and 3522).
d) Chemistry 1100 (or both 1050 and 2050), and 2100 and 2500.

One of the following courses in Physics: Physics 1100, or 1111, or 1112, or 1150, or Core Curriculum 1331.

Three credits in Geology or Earth and Environmental Sciences or Core Curriculum 1332.

Mathematics 1201.

Students must complete 26 credits in the Department of Secondary Education as specified below.

a) Secondary Education 2001, 2002, 3401, 3402 and 3456. These courses may be started in the lower-sophomore term, or upper-sophomore term.
b) Secondary Education 4480. This course may be taken in the junior year.
c) Secondary Education 4481, 4482, 4483, and 4484 in the senior year. Students must have successfully completed Secondary Education 4480 before taking any of these courses

The two student teaching field courses, Secondary Education 4482 and 4484, may be taken in the same semester.

Secondary Education 4404 is course equivalent to all of Secondary Education 4480, 4481, and 4482.

Secondary Education 4410 is course equivalent to all of Secondary Education 4480, 4483, and 4484.

Degree programs in Secondary Education include a major in an appropriate department of the college.

Completion of an adolescence education program as part of a major one of the sciences qualifies students for New York State initial certification in adolescence education in that science content area for grades 7 through 12.

Students qualifying for the initial certification in adolescence science education may obtain an extension to teach the sciences in grades 5 and 6 by taking Secondary Education 3454.

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Admission requirements and academic standing
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Students must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher based on a minimum of 30 credits in liberal arts and sciences to take any of these courses: Secondary Education 2001, 2002, 3401 or 3402;

A minimum grade of B- in each of Secondary Education 2001 and 2002 is required to continue to Secondary Education 3401 and/or 3402 or 3456;

Students who wish to register for student teaching seminar and field placement will need to file an application with the science education program head for permission. See program office for details.

To take Secondary Education 4480, students must have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher and the permission of the Secondary Education science education program head, department chair, or deputy;

To take either Secondary Education 4481, 4482, 4483, and/or 4484, students must earn a B+ or higher in Secondary Education 4480, a GPA of 2.75 or higher in their major, and the permission of the Secondary Education science education program head, department chair, or deputy.

A student who takes either Secondary Education 4481 and/or 4482 prior to Secondary Education 4483 and/or 4484 must earn a B or better grade in Secondary Education 4481 and/or 4482 before taking either Secondary Education 4483 or 4484.

A student who takes either Secondary Education 4483 and/or 4484 prior to Secondary Education 4481 and/or 4482 must earn a B or better grade in Secondary Education 4483 and/or 4484 before taking either Secondary Education 4481 or 4482.
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Additional requirements for a B.A. degree
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Candidates for a B.A. degree with a biology teacher major must complete at least 18 credits in advanced courses in the Department of Biology or allowed electives in other departments as described above (not including Biology 1071 and 1072 or Biology 1001). These 18 credits must be completed with a grade of C- or higher in each course, and 10 or more credits must be completed at Brooklyn College. Specific course requirements for a B.A. degree are described above.

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