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Biology for Secondary Education (BS)

Major in Biology with Secondary Certification (BS)

If you can’t seem to quench your thirst for science and feel strongly about passing on your passion, consider a degree in biology for secondary education. At Fontbonne, we greatly value the importance of strong, qualified, competent teachers in middle and high school science programs. Students who complete this rigorous program will be well-qualified and prepared to enter the teaching profession.

Why Fontbonne?

Majoring in biology with secondary certification equips you with a strong, balanced foundation in biology, chemistry, and physics. You’ll also learn tools and techniques that will help you become an effective scientist, researcher, or educator. Our classes are small, and our faculty are focused on helping you achieve your best.

Our recently remodeled building boasts updated lab facilities and a state of the art smart greenhouse. We have use of the Reis Biological Station for outdoor research. The field station comprises 225 acres of oak-hickory forest within the 1.5-million acre Mark Twain National Forest. Our students complete internships and undergraduate research, making them competitive for postgraduate programs and employment.

The Program and Courses

Certification policies, procedures, and requirements are found in the section titled Teacher Certification at Fontbonne University in the catalog. Those interested in combining a major in biology with secondary certification must review this section in its entirety.


EDU 201 Introduction to Classroom Teaching–Middle/Secondary (3)
EDU 203 Survey of learners with exceptionalities (3 credits)
EDU 234 Philosophical Foundations of Education (3 credits)
EDU 350 Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Area (2 credits)
EDU 401 Classroom/Behavior Management Techniques (3 credits)
EDU 447 Planning for Instruction and Assessment—Middle and Secondary (3 credits)
EDU 451 Student Teaching at the Secondary Level (12-16 credits)


THE BIOLOGY CORE (17 credits - Take all of these)

BIO 112 General Biology I (4 credits)
BIO 114 General Biology II with Lab (4 credits)
BIO 196 Biology Seminar I (2 credits)
BIO 212 Genetics (3 credits)
BIO 318 Cell and Molecular Biology (3 credits)
BIO 496 Biology seminar II (2 credits)

BIO 204 Modeling and Experimental Design
BIO 214 Molecular Genetics of Development


   Organismal (choose any one of these)

BIO 207    Plant Biology with Lab (4 credits)
BIO 250    Microbiology with Lab (4 credits)
BIO 220    Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (4 credits)
BIO 222    Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab (4 credits)
BIO 260    Comparative Anatomy (3 credits)
BIO 306    Kinesiology and Biomechanics (4 credits)

   Cell and Molecular (choose any one of these)

BIO 324 Techniques in tissue culture (3 credits)
BIO 326 Molecular techniques laboratory (3 credits)
CHM318 Biochemistry (3 credits)
BIO 322 Immunology (3 credits)
BIO 325  Emerging Infectious Disease (3 credits)

   Ecology/Evolution both courses required (7 credits)

BIO 271 Field Ecology (4 credits)
BIO 320 Evolutionary Biology (3 credits)

   Professional Skills (one course required)

BIO 203 Science and Society (3 credits)

REQUIRED CHEMISTRY (11 or 16 credits) Either Chemistry sequence will satisfy the major

CHM 128  General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I with Lab (4 credits)
CHM 228  General, Organic and Biological Chemistry II with Lab (4 credits)
CHM 328  General, Organic and Biological Chemistry III (3 credits)


CHM 106 General Chemistry I with Lab (4 credits)
CHM 108 General Chemistry II with Lab (4 credits)
CHM 210 Organic Chemistry I (3 credits)
CHM 211 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (2 credits)
CHM 212 Organic Chemistry II (3 credits)

Chemistry Electives (required for chemistry minor; to be taken with second chemistry sequence only)

CHM 213 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (2 credits)
CHM 318 Biochemistry (3 credits)

REQUIRED MATH (10 credits; take all of these)

MTH 125 Biostatistics (3 credits)
MTH 150 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4 credits)
MTH 151 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (4 credits) OR
MTH 315 Advanced Statistics


PHY 208 College Physics I with Lab (4 credits)


PHY 218 Engineering Physics I with Lab (4 credits)

ADDITIONAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: BIO 413 Exit Exam (0 credits); Any Theology or Religion course


Fontbonne is proud of its general education curriculum, designed to produce citizens well-rounded in academic subjects. The following courses required for the Biology for Secondary Certification major also meet some general education requirements. The student is free to choose his or her courses to meet the rest of the general education requirements. Read more about the general education courses and requirements at Fontbonne in the catalog.

CIS 103 Computer Technology:  Applications for Teachers (3 credits)

COM 102 Public Speaking (3 credits)

EDU 234 Philosophical Foundations of Education   (3 credits)

GOV 101 US and MO Constitutions (1 credit)

MTH 115 Introduction to Statistics (3 credits)

PSY 200 Developmental Psychology (3 credits)

BIO 112 General Biology I with Lab (4 credits)

CHM 106  General Chemistry I with Lab (4 credits)


CHM 128 General, Organic and Biochemistry I with Lab (4 credits)

Choose a minor

Students could choose a minor to help complete the 128 credits required for graduation. The BPS department offers minors in biology, chemistry, and environmental studies.

Interested in learning about other STEM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)? Explore here.

Learn more about career opportunities with the Biology for Secondary Ed major

Questions? Contact Admissions: (314) 889-1400 or (800) 205-5862 | fbyou@fontbonne.edu