Mar 20, 2023  
Mercy College 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
Mercy College 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, Biology Education Track, B.S.

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Renee E. Haskew-Layton, Ph.D., Program Director

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Biology Education Track  
General Education Requirements 60 credits
Major Concentration  
Major Core Courses 34 credits 
Major Electives 6 credits
Open Electives 20 credits 
Total 120 credits 

Students who choose the Biology Education Track must complete all the required general education, required major, and major elective courses. For students interested in the BS/MS 4 + 1 program with School of Education, please see the following link: Biology and Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12), B.S. and M.S.  

Graduate Education Courses

Note: The list of courses below are for students who apply to and are accepted into the BS/MS 4 + 1 Science Secondary Education Program. These courses can be started the second semester of junior year. For students accepted into the 4 + 1 program, the courses below can be counted towards both undergraduate Open Elective credits and Graduation Education courses.

See Graduate Catalog for course descriptions: 

  • Education 500- Educational Perspectives from Diverse Perspectives
  • Education 502- Foundations in Education for Students with Disabilities
  • Education 505- Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Education 507- Approaches to Literacy Instruction in Early Childhood through Adolescence
  • Education 517- Educational Psychology and Adolescent Development


* Fulfills 3 credits of General Education Scientific Perspectives credits. 

** Fulfills 15 credits of General Education Liberal Arts electives.

***Fulfills 3 credits of General Education Mathematics credits.

Note: students who do not meet the requirements to directly enter MATH 201  must first complete MATH 116 

• To complete major concentration, corequisite lab courses must be taken.

There is a 15-credit residency requirement in the major concentration of biology that must be completed with courses numbered BIOL 223 and above.


Additional Program Information

The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology provides students with a comprehensive foundation in the biological sciences and other life sciences. Students in the biology major achieve competencies in the life sciences through active learning modules designed to deepen critical thinking skills and strengthen quantitative reasoning. Through inquiry-based laboratory projects and faculty-student authentic research collaborations in areas such as neuroscience, cell and molecular biology, and microbiology, students will put classroom theory to practice by engaging in key aspects of the scientific process.

The Biology Education Track includes introductory science teaching courses in addition to core science courses. This track prepares students for graduate training in Secondary Science Education or for careers in science community outreach or science education in informal education centers such as zoos, aquaria, or nature centers. Students who choose this track may wish to apply to the accelerated BS/MS dual degree in Secondary Science Education during their junior year. Students who plan to apply for the BS/MS dual degree Secondary Science education program should plan to use 15 credits of Open Electives toward Graduate Secondary Education courses, as listed below. 

Progression Criteria

Students enrolling in natural science courses must earn at least a letter grade of C in all prerequisite courses. Students in the biology major may not repeat a course required by the major more than twice.

At the completion of the Biology concentration, students are expected to:

  • Synthesize core concepts to demonstrate a broad and in-depth knowledge of the biological sciences
  • Access and critically evaluate and interpret the scientific literature
  • Effectively communicate scientific concepts through oral and written modes
  • Apply the scientific method to formulate hypotheses, design and conduct experiments, and interpret experimental results
  • Exhibit proficiency in laboratory techniques in the biological sciences, troubleshoot experiments, and demonstrate safe laboratory practices
  • Critically evaluate experimental findings and scientific information using statistical and quantitative analyses
  • Exhibit ethical behavior in science and evaluate the implications of unethical scientific conduct
  • Critically examine basic, applied and societal problems in the biological sciences and, through the lens of life science professionals, propose problem solving strategies to address these problems
  • Work as effective team members on collaborative projects

Additionally, students in the Biology Education track are expected to:

  • Analyze teaching and learning with respect to best practices in science education
  • Design and conduct an action research project within the context of fieldwork experience
  • Critically examine action research data and propose action plan

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