Science Education - Biological Sciences Option, B.S.

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 124

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 40


Overall GPA - Combined and OU: 2.75

Major GPA - Combined and OU: 2.75

Program Code: B830

Admission and Retention Requirements

Admission Requirements—Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education
Students are eligible for admission to the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education with:

  1. a minimum of 24 semester hours earned from an accredited institution of higher learning;
  2. a minimum of 2.75 combined retention grade point average on all coursework attempted;
  3. a declared major in education.

Full Admission Requirements—Teacher Education and Professional Studies Programs
Students are eligible for admission to Teacher Education with:

  1. a minimum of 30 semester hours from an accredited institution of higher learning to include the following 24 hours as defined by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education with a grade of C or better: English (Composition and Literature)-6 hours; MATH, Gen. Ed. Core I -3 hours; American History-3 hours; American Government-3 hours; Humanities to include Artistic Forms, Western Civilization, Non-Western Culture, World Language, or other advisor-approved Gen. Ed. course -3 hours; Social and Behavioral Sciences-3 hours; Natural Sciences-3 hours.
  2. a minimum of 2.75 grade point average (OU retention and combined retention) on all coursework attempted;
  3. successful completion of the OGET (Oklahoma General Education Test) or PPST (Pre Professional Skills Test) The OGET Exam requires a minimum score of 240. All three portions of the PPST must be passed with minimum cut scores of MATH 150, WRITING 162, and READING 156.

Admission to a teaching program requires submission of an application,essay, background check,and an interview with the admission committee prior to enrollment in the first education course.

Retention Requirements—Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education

  1. When a student accepts an offer of admission into a JRCoE department or program, they commit to comply with all its regulations, including those regarding professional conduct and dispositions that are contained in the JRCoE Professional Behavior Policy.
  2. Students must maintain a minimum 2.75 grade point average (OU retention and combined retention) in all undergraduate coursework and a minimum 3.00 grade point average in all graduate coursework attempted.
  3. Students must maintain a minimum of 2.75 undergraduate grade point average in both professional education courses and in specialized education courses with no grade less than a C and must maintain a minimum of 3.00 grade point average in graduate professional and specialized education courses, with no grade less than a B.
  4. Students must earn a C or better in COMM 1113 or COMM 2613.
  5. Students whose OU retention or combined retention grade point averages at the undergraduate level fall below 2.75 will be subject to dismissal from the college. At the graduate level, students must meet Graduate College requirements.
  6. Students who have not earned OU retention and combined retention grade point averages of 2.75 after the completion of 60 semester hours will be dismissed from the college.
  7. Because one college level math course is a requirement for full admission into both the college and the teacher preparation program, declared Education majors must complete at least one college-level Math within the first four semesters of enrollment at OU. Transfer students who have not completed a college level Math course will have two semesters to complete the requirement. Students who fail to meet the requirement within the time limits specified will be subject to dismissal from the college.
  8. Course work more than 10 years old in the teaching specialization and professional education may not be credited to ward the completion of a teacher education degree and/or certificate program. However, course work over 10 years old may be reviewed by the appropriate certificate committee for possible credit toward the completion of a teacher education degree and/or certificate program.
  9. A student has 6 years to complete a teacher education degree and/or certificate program after full admission. After the 6- year period, a student must seek readmission to that program and meet the catalog requirements in effect at the time of readmission.
  10. Students will be withdrawn from courses for failing to observe prerequisites and corequisites. Continued disregard of prerequisites and corequisites is grounds for dismissal from the college.

This program has changes pending State Regents approval for 2022-23. These pending changes are not reflected here.

Major Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum of 2.75 grade point average with no grade less than a C in the Professional Education and Specialized Education courses for graduation.

Certification: To be fully certified, students must pass Certification Examinations for Oklahoma Educators, apply for a license, and successfully complete the residency program.

Professional Education (37 hours)
EIPT 3473Learning, Development, and Assessment for Teachers 13
EDSP 3053Understanding and Accommodating Exceptional Learners3
EIPT 3043Learning with Educational Technologies3
EDS 4003Schools in American Cultures 13
EIPT 3483Motivation and Classroom Management for Teachers3
EDWL 4970Special Topics/Seminar (Topic: Teaching ELLs in PreK-12)3
EDSC 4513Teaching Science in Secondary Schools3
EDSC 4533Advanced Methods in Science Teaching (Capstone) 23
EDUC 4060Teaching Experiences in the Secondary School 1,210
ILAC 4243Student Teaching Seminar3
Specialized Education (43 hours)
Biological Science
BIOL 1134Introductory Biology: Evolution, Ecology and Diversity4
BIOL 3013Evolution3
BIOL 2124Human Physiology4
BIOL 3113Cell Biology3
BIOL 3333Genetics3
BIOL 3403Principles of Ecology3
Chemistry
CHEM 1315General Chemistry 35
CHEM 1415General Chemistry (Continued) 35
CHEM 3053Organic Chemistry I: Biological Emphasis3
CHEM 3152Organic Chemistry Laboratory: Biological Emphasis2
Physics
PHYS 2414General Physics for Life Science Oriented Majors 34
PHYS 2424General Physics for Life Science Oriented Majors4
Earth & Space Sciences
Satisfied under General Education
Total Credit Hours80

General Education and College Requirements

Courses taken to fulfill the University General Education Requirements must be chosen from the approved General Education course list published in the Class Schedule or at http://www.ou.edu/gened/courses. The following courses meet minimum University, College, and State General Education Requirements.

UNIVERSITY-WIDE GENERAL EDUCATION (MINIMUM 40 HOURS) AND COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS
Core Area I: Symbolic and Oral Communication
Communication Skills (9 hours)
ENGL 1113Principles of English Composition (Core I-EN1)3
ENGL 1213Principles of English Composition (Core I-EN2)3
or EXPO 1213 Expository Writing
COMM 1113Principles of Communication (Core I)3
or COMM 2613 Public Speaking
Language (0-10 hours)0-10
University-Wide General Education Requirement: Choose two college-level courses in a single language; may be satisfied by successful completion of 2 years in a single language in high school (Core I)
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Requirement: Teacher candidates must demonstrate conversational skills at a novice-high level in a language other than English OR demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to address the needs of Emergent Bilingual (English Learner) students in the P-12 classroom and are proficient in the strategies required for successful delivery of P-12 instruction in that area 1
Mathematics (6 hours)
MATH 1643Functions and Modeling for Business, Life and Social Sciences (Core I-MATH)3
MATH 1743Calculus I for Business, Life and Social Sciences (or higher)3
Core Area II: Natural Science (8 hours)
BIOL 1124Intro Biol: Molecule/Cell/Phys (Core II-NSL)4
GEOL 2014The Earth System (Core II-NSL)4
Core Area III: Social Science (6 hours)
P SC 1113American Federal Government (Core III-PSC)3
GEOG 3253Environmental Conservation (Core III-SS)3
Core Area IV: Arts and Humanities (12 hours)
HIST 1483United States to 1865 (Core IV-HIST)3
or HIST 1493 United States, 1865 to the Present
HSTM 3013History of Science to the Age of Newton (Western Culture, Core IV - WC)3
or HSTM 3023 History of Science Since the Seventeenth Century
Choose one course from Core IV-Artistic Forms3
World Culture: Choose one of the following (Core IV-WDC):3
Science and Technology in Asian History
Science and Civilization in Islam
Technology, Politics, and International Development
Core Area V: First Year Experience (3 hours)
Choose one course (Core V-FYE)3
Total Credit Hours44-54

The 44 hours above, along with CHEM 1315CHEM 1415 and PHYS 2414 (11 hours) in the Specialized Education requirements, comprise the 55 required for Liberal Arts hours.

Certification and Degree Requirements

Field Experiences: Transfer students without appropriate field experiences may be required to enroll in EDUC 2400.
Pass/No Pass Enrollment: Only general education electives may be taken under the pass/no pass option.
Residence Requirements: Students must complete either the last 30 hours or 45 of the last 60 hours after being fully admitted to a teacher education program to satisfy this requirement.
Requirements to be Completed to be Eligible for Student Teaching Internship: Students must be in good standing and have completed all baccalaureate degree requirements with the exception of the appropriate internship course itself and the courses taken with it in the final semester per their major requirements.
Junior College Transfer Students: Students transferring from a junior college may use the transferred credit to meet certain lower-division course requirements only; that is, freshman and sophomore-level courses.
Degree Completion Responsibility: Although the Dean’s Office checks each student’s records, the responsibility for meeting degree requirements lies with the student and not with the advisor or the Dean. Each student should obtain a copy of his or her requirements for graduation and check it regularly as he or she completes his or her degree program.
Graduation Application: The final step to be completed by the student before graduation is the filing of an official Application for Graduation. The Application for Graduation should be filled out online by September 15 for fall graduation, February 15 for spring graduation, and June 1 for summer graduation. The student’s degree will not be conferred, nor any completion statement entered on their transcript, until the required application is filed.

Admission & Retention Requirements

It is the responsibility of the student to read and be familiar with the requirements for Admission to, and Retention in, the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. The current Admission and Retention policies can be found in the college's overview page in the OU General Catalog, under the Undergraduate tab here: http://ou-public.courseleaf.com/rainbolt-education/#undergraduatetext.

Suggested Semester Plan of Study

This plan shows one possible grouping of courses that would allow students to graduate in four years. Please refer to the front of the degree checksheet for official requirements. Students must consult with College of Education academic advisors to verify that courses selected each semester fulfill the recommended plan and satisfy university, College of Education, and major requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I-EN1) 3
MATH 1643 Functions and Modeling for Business, Life and Social Sciences (Core I-MATH) 3
HIST 1483
United States to 1865 (Core IV-HIST)
or United States, 1865 to the Present
3
BIOL 1124 Intro Biol: Molecule/Cell/Phys (Core II-NSL) 4
First Year Experience (Core VFYE) 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I-EN2)
or Expository Writing
3
MATH 1743 Calculus I for Business, Life and Social Sciences (or higher) 3
P SC 1113 American Federal Government (Core III-PSC) 3
GEOL 2014 The Earth System (Core II-NSL) 4
BIOL 1134 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Ecology and Diversity 4
 Credit Hours17
Sophomore
First Semester
EIPT 3473 Learning, Development, and Assessment for Teachers 3
Artistic Forms (Core IV-Artistic Forms) 3
BIOL 3013 Evolution 3
COMM 1113
Principles of Communication (Core I)
or Public Speaking
3
CHEM 1315 General Chemistry 5
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
EDSP 3053 Understanding and Accommodating Exceptional Learners 3
EDSC 4513 Teaching Science in Secondary Schools 3
CHEM 1415 General Chemistry (Continued) 5
BIOL 2124 Human Physiology 4
 Credit Hours15
Junior
First Semester
EDS 4003 Schools in American Cultures 3
HSTM 3013
History of Science to the Age of Newton (Core IV-WC)
or History of Science Since the Seventeenth Century
3
CHEM 3053 Organic Chemistry I: Biological Emphasis 3
CHEM 3152 Organic Chemistry Laboratory: Biological Emphasis 2
PHYS 2414 General Physics for Life Science Oriented Majors 4
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
EIPT 3043 Learning with Educational Technologies 3
GEOG 3253 Environmental Conservation (Core III-SS) 3
PHYS 2424 General Physics for Life Science Oriented Majors 4
BIOL 3113 Cell Biology 3
BIOL 3333 Genetics 3
 Credit Hours16
Senior
First Semester
EDSC 4533 Advanced Methods in Science Teaching 3
EIPT 3483 Motivation and Classroom Management for Teachers 3
EDWL 4970 Special Topics/Seminar (Topic: Teaching ELLs in PreK-12) 3
BIOL 3403 Principles of Ecology 3
Choose one of the following (Core IV-WDC): 3
Science and Technology in Asian History  
Science and Civilization in Islam  
Technology, Politics, and International Development  
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
EDUC 4060 Teaching Experiences in the Secondary School 10
ILAC 4243 Student Teaching Seminar 3
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours124