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Biological Sciences Department

BA - Biological Science, Preparation for Teaching

This major is designed for students interested in teaching science in high school or middle school. The following course work satisfies San José State University's requirements for a BA in Biological Sciences. A Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.87 and completion of the program will not guarantee admission to the credential program. Like all other applicants, students must meet credential program standards and undergo screening for admission. See "Teaching: How to Become a Teacher in California" (See Teaching) for information on application and admission to credential programs.

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements30
Of the 51 units required by the university, 21 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
Preparation for the Major42
BIOL 005. Computer Literacy in Biology3
BIOL 100W. Scientific Communication WorkshopZ3
BIOL 155. Hypothesis Testing3
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 001B. General Chemistry5
CHEM 008. Organic Chemistry2
GEOL 103. Earth Systems and the EnvironmentR3
PHIL 133. Ethics in ScienceV3
PHYS 002A. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
PHYS 002B. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
SCED 175. Classroom Experiences in Science Teaching1
SCI 110. Global Themes of Science3
Complete one course from:
ASTR 101. Modern AstronomyR3
GEOL 001. General GeologyB1+B34
GEOL 105. General OceanographyR3
METR 112. Global Climate ChangesR3
Requirement of the Major38-39
Botany 102 (BOT) may satisfy only one requirement
BIOL 001A. Foundations of BiodiversityB2+B35
BIOL 001B. Foundations of Cell Biology & PhysiologyB2+B35
BIOL 004. The Profession of Biology0.5
BIOL 115. General Genetics4
BIOL 144. Culminating Experience for Biological Science Seniors0.5
BIOL 160. Ecology4
MICR 101. General Microbiology4
Complete one course from:
BOT 102. Plant Physiology4
BOT 103. Plant Anatomy4
BOT 105. Plant Morphology4
BOT 165. Plant Communities of California4
Complete one course from:
ZOOL 115. Invertebrate Zoology and Natural History4
ENT 101. Insect Diversity4
Complete one course from:
ZOOL 116. Vertebrate Evolution and Natural History4
ZOOL 160. Zoogeography3
Complete one sequence from:
Physiology Sequence
BIOL 124. Systems Physiology3
BIOL 126. Vertebrate Physiology Lab1
Plant Physiology Sequence
BOT 102. Plant Physiology4
Upper Division Electives0-1
Upper division biology electives chosen with prior advisor approval

Total Units:120