Department of Biological Sciences

Bachelor of Science—Biology – Teacher Education Option

All students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Biology with the Teacher Education option must complete I, II, and III.F below, and the foreign language/global issues requirement for the major#. A grade of C (2.0) or better is required in introductory core courses (BOT 200, MICR 200, and ZOOL 200) before enrolling in courses for which they are prerequisites. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

In accordance with the Illinois State Board of Education licensure rules, all candidates seeking teacher licensure are required by Western Illinois University to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all directed General Education courses, all core courses, and all courses in the option. Note a “C-” is below a “C”.

  1. University General Education and College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Requirements: 55 s.h.
    Except Teacher Education students must complete the University General Education Curriculum Requirements—43 s.h. 
  2. Core Courses: 24 s.h.
    BIOL 330, 340†, 350; BOT 200; MICR 200; ZOOL 200
  3. Options of Study (select A, B, C, D, E, or F)
    F.            Science/Biology—Teacher Education
    1. Special Courses
      1. BIOL 281, 481, 482†; BOT 430† or ZOOL 430†: 10 s.h.
      2. BIOL/GEOL 181; PHYS/GEOG 182: 8 s.h.
      3. CHEM 201, 202: 8 s.h.
      4. PHYS 114: 4 s.h.
      5. GEOL 110: 4 s.h.
    2. Department Electives: 3 s.h.
      Select 3 s.h. from any upper-division BIOL, BOT, MICR, or ZOOL course not previously taken
    3. Science Electives: 0 s.h.
      Additional courses in Biology (BIOL, BOT, MICR, ZOOL), Chemistry, Geography, Geology, or Physics
    4. Other (Teacher Education and Math Requirements)
      1. EDUC 239, 339, 439, 469: 3 s.h.
      2. EIS 202, 301, 303 (2 s.h.), 304 (1), 305, 401: 13 s.h.
      3. MATH 128 or higher: 3 s.h.
        Not to include MATH 362, 364, or 367
      4. STAT 171 or equivalent (see advisor): 3 s.h.
      5. ENG 366: 2 s.h.
      6. SPED 210, 390: 4 s.h.
      7. STCH 480: 12 s.h.
 

# The foreign language/global issues graduation requirement may be fulfilled by successfully completing one of the following: 1) a designated foreign language requirement [see Foreign Language/Global Issues Requirement]; 2) a General Education global issues course; 3) any major’s discipline-specific global issues course; or 4) an approved Study Abroad program.

† BIOL 340, BIOL 482, and BOT 430 or ZOOL 430 fulfill the WID graduation requirement for the Science/ Biology—Teacher Education option.