Biology Education

Department Chair: Dr. Andre DeLorme,, (701) 845-7573
Faculty Contact: Dr. Andre DeLorme,, (701) 845-7573
Department Office: 203 Rhoades Science Center, (701) 845-7452
Schedule a Visit:, (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101


The Biology Education major is designed to prepare you for teaching in junior and senior high schools. A Bachelor of Science in Education with a Biology major plus 12 semester hours in each of the other sciences (chemistry, earth science, and/or physics) will qualify you to teach those secondary science courses.

As a Biology Education major you are placed into schools for a series of field experiences including Introduction to Education (40 hours); Practicum (80 hours); Culturally Diverse Practicum (25 hours involving 3 consecutive full days in a classroom), and a twelve-week student teaching field experience completed in a location that works well for the student and university. Student teaching is the culminating experience of the program and the opportunity for students to apply all they have learned regarding their classroom preparation and field experience opportunities.

  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

The Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation Club is a local VCSU club that organizes outings and fundraisers for those interested in the outdoors.  The Pre-Professional Club provides preparation for entry into graduate school and professional programs for VCSU students.  In addition, there is a wide variety of activities on campus such as Choir, Band, Theater, and Intramural sports, and also Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) and Student North Dakota United (SNDU).

Teacher Education Requirements

Students are typically admitted into Teacher Education during their sophomore year or beginning of their junior year of college.  This program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and successful completion of the Praxis I test.  Additional criteria for Admission to Teacher Education can be found at the following website:

Practical Experience

The Rhoades Science Center includes a greenhouse for work in biology and botany, a planetarium and laboratories for biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, computer science, and photography studies.  Students have access to: a fully equipped Aquatic Macro invertebrate Laboratory and Biomedical Research laboratory; weather stations; river gauge station; fish hatchery; the dam and reservoir at Lake Ashtabula; the Soil Conservation Service; and the North Dakota State Extension Service.  Biology faculty have ongoing connections with North Dakota Department of Health, ND Parks and Recreation, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

"“VCSU’s science department is amazing. I feel blessed to have all these fantastic teachers who come with real world experience under their belts. When I ask them a question, they are always so knowledgeable and willing to help you out. Alongside the awesome faculty, the classes take you out on outdoor experiences that help you further not only your knowledge but the experience that employers are looking for.”  —Michaela Halvorson, Milnor, N.D.

General Education Requirements

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Precalculus 1
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry 1
General Chemistry I 1
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
Introductory College Physics I
Introductory College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Introduction to Psychology Lab (Corequisite: PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology) 2
Technology, Engineering, and Design
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
World Music
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39

Major Requirement

Required Courses
BIOL 150General Biology I4
BIOL 151General Biology II4
BIOL 170General Zoology4
BIOL 310Microbiology4
BIOL 311Botany4
BIOL 395Laboratory Preparation and Management1
BIOL 410Field Ecology4
BIOL 440Biostatistics and Experimental Design3-4
or MATH 321 Applied Probability and Statistics
BIOL 490Secondary Science Methods and Techniques3
GEOL 100Introduction to Earth Science4
PHYS 161Introductory College Physics I4
or PHYS 251 University Physics I
Directed Electives
Select sixteen hours from the following:16
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Environmental History
North Dakota Flora
Aquatic Entomology
Human Sexuality
Laboratory Preparation and Management
Restoration and Plant Ecology
Cell Biology
Special Topics
Special Topics
Special Topics
Special Topics
Planetarium Science
A total of 4 credits from BIOL x99 may be applied as directed electives.
Total Credits55-56

 Students seeking K-12 certification will be placed in an Elementary and Secondary classroom setting.

Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 55-56 Hrs
Total Professional Education Sequence 31-32 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hr

To become a “highly qualified” teacher in other areas of science (Chemistry, Physics or Earth Science), a student must take a minimum of 12 credits in each of the other science areas in which they intend to teach. This conforms to the No Child Left Behind Policy.

Professional Education Sequence

Professional Education Sequence
EDUC 240Educating Exceptional Students3
EDUC 250Introduction to Education3
EDUC 283Understanding Cultural Diversity in Education3
EDUC 300Educational Technology2
EDUC 351Secondary Practicum and Classroom Management1
EDUC 352Culturally Diverse Practicum1
or EDUC 464 Practicum in the ELL Classroom
EDUC 375Teaching Reading in the Content Areas2
EDUC 400Educational Psychology 22
EDUC 450Trends in Assessment and Educational Issues2
EDUC 480Student Teaching (Secondary) 210
PSYC 250Developmental Psychology3
Total Credits32

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.


Plan of Study

First Year
BIOL 150 (Gen Ed)4BIOL 1514
CHEM 121 (Gen Ed)5CHEM 116 (Gen Ed)4
CIS 170 (Gen Ed)3COMM 110 (Gen Ed)3
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3ENGL 125 (Gen Ed)3
UNIV 1501 
 16 14
Second Year
BIOL 3114Art and Music (Gen Ed)3
EDUC 2503BIOL 1704
HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2COMM 110 (Gen Ed)3
MATH 107 (Gen Ed)3EDUC 2403
PHYS 1614EDUC 3002
 PSYC 2503
 16 18
Third Year
Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2BIOL 3104
Biology directed elective4BIOL 3951
EDUC 2833BIOL 4404
EDUC 3511EDUC 3521
EDUC 3752GEOL 1004
EDUC 4502Social Science (Gen Ed) 3
Social Science (Gen Ed) 3 
 17 17
Fourth Year
BIOL 4104EDUC 4002
BIOL 4903EDUC 48010
BIOL 4912 
Biology directed elective4 
Biology directed elective4 
 17 12
Total Credits 127

Please note:  This plan is intended for general information only.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of the major concepts in biology.
  2. Exhibit critical thinking skills by applying the scientific method to solve problems.
  3. Exhibit the ability to read and communicate in a scientific style.
  4. Analyze the consequences of activities on themselves and their environment.