MSU Billings Catalog

Biology Teaching Licensure Option Bachelor of Science Degree *Program placed on moratorium*

All students desiring licensure to teach are required to file an Application for Admission to the Educator Preparation Program.

Required Courses

General Education Requirements 131
Students should consult with an academic advisor before registering for General Education courses in order to minimize the number of courses needed to satisfy the requirements of the major.
Professional Core (see below)34
Biology Requirements
BIOB 160Principles of Living Systems *3
BIOB 161Principles Living Systems Lab *1
BIOB 170Principles of Bio Diversity3
BIOB 171Principles Bio Diversity Lab1
BIOB 260Cellular & Molecular Biology3
BIOB 261Cellular & Molecular Biol Lab1
BIOB 375General Genetics3
BIOB 376General Genetics Lab1
BIOB 498Internship/Cooperative Educ2
BIOB 499Senior Thesis/Capstone1
BIOE 370General Ecology3
BIOE 371General Ecology Lab1
Biology electives selected in consultation with an advisor.22
Chemistry Requirements 2
CHMY 141College Chemistry I *3
CHMY 142College Chemistry I Lab *1
CHMY 143College Chemistry II3
CHMY 144College Chemistry II Lab1
CHMY 211Elements of Organic Chemistry3
CHMY 212Elements of Organic Chem Lab1
CHMY 311Analytical Chem-Quant Analysis3
CHMY 312Analyticl Chm Lab-Quant Anlsys1
BCH 380Biochemistry3
BCH 381Biochemistry Lab1
Mathematics and Statistics Requirements
M 171Calculus I *4
STAT 141Intro to Statistical Concepts *3-4
or STAT 216 Introduction to Statistics
Physics Requirements
Select one of the following with lab:4
College Physics I
and College Physics I Lab *
Physics I
and Physics I Lab
Total Minimum Credits128

Secondary & K-12 majors:  The following General Education courses also satisfy requirements in the major: BIOB 160, BIOB 161, CHMY 141, EDU 105, and either M 171 or STAT 216


NOTE: Students wishing to obtain a minor in Chemistry will need to take CHMY 321, CHMY 322, CHMY 323, CHMY 324 instead of CHMY 211, CHMY 212.

Professional Core Requirements 

The Professional Core at Montana State University Billings combines the intellectual foundations of education and the professional knowledge and skills required of all teachers into a coherent sequence of courses. The core provides the basis for understanding the philosophical, historical, cultural, and sociopolitical means by which society attempts cultural transmission and it provides the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills that are essential for effective instruction. It includes the range of human development and learning as they affect instructional planning, evaluation, curriculum design and implementation, performance skills, management of classrooms, direction of students, professional responsibilities, and ethical issues affecting teacher effectiveness.

At different points in its sequence of courses, the Professional Core engages students in supervised practice applying their developing knowledge and skills. By having faculty who hold diverse disciplinary perspectives teach throughout its sequence, the Professional Core encourages students to develop a professionally responsible understanding of the diversity that defines learners and teachers. The student teaching experience completes the sequence and includes both a final look at classroom skills and a capstone seminar.

The Professional Core presents a balanced approach to epistemology from philosophical, psychological, and sociological perspectives. The core is predicated on the evidential nature of knowledge required for the professional practice of education. While the professional practice of education is also informed by belief and intuition, it is ultimately defensible only to the extent that it has evidential support. The Professional Core engages students in both the processes and products of human knowing as such knowing is central to all aspects of education. The Professional Core involves the

  1. creation,
  2. facilitation of change,
  3. transmission, and
  4. application of human knowledge across the diversity of ways in which individuals understand human knowledge.

Secondary and K-12

EDSP 204Intro to Tchng Exceptnl Lrnrs3
EDU 105Education and Democracy *3
EDU 220Human Growth & Development3
EDU 221Educ Psyc & Measurement3
EDU 333Rd & Wrtng Across Curriculum3
EDU 343Strat for Mnging Div Learners2
EDU 354Secondary Junior Field2
EDU 381Curriculum Theory & Design3
EDU 406Phil, Legal & Ethical Issues3
EDU 495AStudent Teaching: K-129
or EDU 495C Student Teaching: 5-12
HTH 412Drugs and Alcohol1
Content Area Methods Course2-3
Total Minimum Credits37-38

May satisfy General Education requirements.


May satisfy General Education requirements.

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
BIOB 160
BIOB 161
Principles of Living Systems
and Principles Living Systems Lab
CHMY 141
CHMY 142
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Lab
Professional Core3
General Educationv
BIOB 170
BIOB 171
Principles of Bio Diversity
and Principles Bio Diversity Lab
CHMY 143
CHMY 144
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Lab
Professional Core3
General Education v
Second Year
BIOB 260
BIOB 261
Cellular & Molecular Biology
and Cellular & Molecular Biol Lab
General Educationv
Professional Corev
BIOB 375
BIOB 376
General Genetics
and General Genetics Lab
CHMY 211
CHMY 212
Elements of Organic Chemistry
and Elements of Organic Chem Lab
General Educationv
Professional Corev
Third Year
BIOE 370
BIOE 371
General Ecology
and General Ecology Lab
BCH 380
BCH 381
and Biochemistry Lab
CHMY 311
CHMY 312
Analytical Chem-Quant Analysis
and Analyticl Chm Lab-Quant Anlsys
Biology Electives4
Biology Electives4
Professional Corev
General Educationv
Fourth Year
BIOB 499Senior Thesis/Capstone1
BIOB 498Internship/Cooperative Educ1
Biology Electives4
General Educationv
Professional Corev
BIOB 498Internship/Cooperative Educ1
Biology Electives4
Professional Corev