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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

University Graduation Requirements38
Core Lower Division General Education27
Of the 39 units required by the university, 12 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education3
Of the 9 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM63
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM73
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. U.S. History and GovernmentM63
HIST 015B. U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Can be taken as POLS 015 A/B as well.
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM63
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement0
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
Preparation for the Major43-44
BIOL 005. Computer Literacy in Biology3
BIOL 100W. Scientific Communication WorkshopZ3
BIOL 155. Hypothesis Testing3
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 001B. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 008. Organic Chemistry3
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
Requirements of the Major38-39
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 124. Systems Physiology3
BIOL 126. Vertebrate Physiology Lab1
BIOL 144. Culminating Experience for Biological Science Seniors0.5
BIOL 160. EcologyR4
BOT 165. Plant Communities of California4
MICR 101. General Microbiology4
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
Upper Division Electives0-1
Upper division biology electives chosen with prior advisor approval

Total Units:120