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Biology Education (BS)

Hours — 55-77 Credit Hours
Effective Sep. 2018
Last Revision 6/12/2020

Program Requirements


Biology Content — 32-36 Credits

Biology Core — 16 credits

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
BIOL 112/L Biology I - Cell and Molecular Biology/Lab F, W, S 4.0
BIOL 113 Biology II - Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology F, W, S 3.0
CHEM 105/L General Chemistry I/Lab F, W 4.0
CHEM 106/L General Chemistry II/Lab W, S 4.0
BIOL 490R Current Topics in Biology F, W, S 1.0

Biology Electives — 16-20 Credits

Select 5 courses (3 or 4 credit courses) with at least one course from each of the following three divisions. In addition, take at least one of these lab courses: BIOL 220L, 484L, and 485L.

Cell and Molecular Biology

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
BIOL 220 Microbiology S 3.0
BIOL 220L Microbiology Lab F, W, S 1.0
BIOL 376 Genetics F, S 3.0
BIOL 441 Molecular Biology F 3.0
BIOL 442 Cellular Biology W 3.0
BIOL 484L Biomolecular Methods Lab II - Nucleic Acids F, W, S 1.0
BIOL 485L Biomolecular Methods Lab III - Mammalian Cells W 1.0

Organismal Biology

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
BIOL 201/L General Botany/Lab S 4.0
BIOL 212/L Marine Biology/Lab F 4.0
BIOL 260/L/LC Human Anatomy/Lab F, W 4.0
BIOL 261/L Human Physiology/Lab F, W 4.0
BIOL 302/L Invertebrate Zoology /Lab W 4.0
BIOL 303/L Vertebrate Zoology/Lab F 4.0
BIOL 460 Advanced Human Anatomy F 3.0
BIOL 465 Principles of Physiology F 3.0

Ecology, Evolution, and Population Biology

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
BIOL 204 Pacific Natural History S 2.0
BIOL 204L Pacific Natural History Lab S 2.0
BIOL 248 Conservation Biology W 3.0
BIOL 300/L Animal Behavior/Lab F 4.0
BIOL 340 or Biostatistics or S 3.0
MATH 121 Principles of Statistics F, W, S 3.0
BIOL 350 General Ecology F 3.0
BIOL 350L General Ecology Lab F 1.0
BIOL 374 Evolution and Human Prehistory W 3.0
BIOL 376 Genetics F, S 3.0
BIOL 412/L Coral Reef Ecology/Lab S 4.0


Education — 23-41 Credits

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
EDU 212 Foundations of Education F, W, S 2.0
EDU 200 Human Growth and Learning in Schools F, W, S 3.0


Recommended Electives:

Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
HWST 101

Introduction to Hawaiian Studies

(Required for Hawaii License Track)

F, W, S 3.0
EDU 340

Multiculturalism and Culturally Responsive Teaching through Sheltered Instruction

(Required for International Track)

F, W 2.0


Course Number Title Semesters Offered Credit Hours
SPED 300 Education of Exceptional Students F, W, S 3.0
EDU 305 Computer and Technology Assisted Instruction F, W, S 2.0
EDU 312 Effective Pedagogy F, W, S 3.0
EDU 385 Education Assessment in the Classroom F, W, S 3.0
SCED 350 General Methods for Secondary Teachers F, W 2.0
SCED 401 A Multicultural Approach to Reading in the Content Area F, W 3.0
SCED 430 Classroom Management in Secondary Contexts F, W 2.0
SCED 491 Observation and Practicum F, W 3.0
SCED 492 Student Teaching F, W 12.0


Application to the Teacher Education Program must take place before Professional Year courses may be taken.

Application deadlines:
February 15 for those beginning Professional Year courses in Fall Semester
May 15 for those beginning Professional Year courses in Winter Semester

No grade below “C-” accepted
All courses in the Education major can be retaken 1 time to improve a grade lower than C-.
If the second attempt is lower than a C-, the student will be removed from the major.


Program Outcomes

  1. Learner Development - The teacher candidate designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.
  2. Learning Differences - The teacher candidate creates inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.
  3. Learning Environments - The teacher candidate works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
  4. Content Knowledge - The teacher candidate understands the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.
  5. Application of Content - The teacher candidate uses differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.
  6. Assessment - The teacher candidate uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.
  7. Planning for Instruction - The teacher candidate plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals.
  8. Instructional Strategies - The teacher candidate uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop a deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.
  9. Professional Learning and Ethical Practice - The teacher candidate uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.
  10. Leadership and Collaboration - The teacher candidate seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, and to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals.