Successful completion of this course of study, in the context of other program requirements, qualifies the student for recommendation for the Michigan Department of Education Secondary Provisional Certificate endorsed in biology, certification code DA and, depending on the minor selected, an additional endorsement. This program of study meets all requirements of the National Science Teachers Association. The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) covering this field is #017, “Biology.”
Biology Department - College of Arts & Sciences
Daniel Clemans, Ph.D., Department Head (I)
316 Mark Jefferson
Students are strongly encouraged to make annual appointments with a departmental advisor by contacting:
Biology Department Office - (734) 487-4242
A faculty advisor will help you determine which courses to take and in what sequence, to make sure that you satisfy your degree requirements as efficiently as possible. If you have not already seen a Biology faculty advisor, you should make an appointment as soon as possible, and schedule yearly appointments thereafter.
For a list faculty advisors for specific interest areas, please follow this link.
Initial Teacher Preparation Program Admission
In order to pursue the sequence of courses necessary to complete eligibility for recommendation for certification, one must apply for and be admitted to the teacher preparation program. Admission requirements are common for all teacher preparation programs, except that certain special education programs have additional requirements.
Each undergraduate student is responsible for applying to the teacher preparation program immediately after the semester in which the student has earned 56 credit hours. Transfer students with more than 56 credit hours should apply immediately after the semester in which they have earned 12 hours at EMU, including at least one course in their major. Students with 56 hours of transfer course work with a decision GPA of 3.0 may apply for admission to the teacher preparation program without 12 earned hours at EMU.
Admission to the teacher preparation program is not automatic. Only those persons who have formally applied are considered for admission. Not all persons who apply become eligible for admission.
Applications for the Initial Teacher Preparation Program at EMU are available within your my.emich account under the “Student” tab. Submit your completed application to the Office of Academic Services once you have earned 56 credit hours.
Teaching majors and minors are unofficial until program admission. Students pursuing teacher certification should follow the catalog that exists at the time of program admission. It is important that students apply to the teacher preparation program as soon as they have earned 56 credit hours.
- Completion of 56 credit hours
- Appropriate cumulative GPA. One of:
- An overall EMU GPA of 2.5 or higher based on a minimum of 12 credit hours taken at EMU. An EMU GPA of 2.5 or higher in your major, based on at least one course in your major. The Elementary Education Major is comprehensive, therefore, the elementary major GPA is based on the cumulative of liberal arts curriculum and content course work.
- Transferred 56 credits with a cumulative 3.0 GPA from all previous institutions.
- A grade of “C” or higher (if taken) in the following courses:
- If Secondary: ENGL 121 , CTAC 124 , Quantitative Reasoning (GEQR) , one lab science, all professional education courses, and, if special education, PSY 101 .
- If Elementary: ENGL 121 , CTAC 124 , MATH 108 , MATH 110E , PHY 100 , ESSC 202 , all of the professional education courses, all courses that state “for elementary teachers,” and, if special education, PSY 101 .
- Official Test Scores showing competency in each of the following areas: mathematics, reading and writing. Scores are accepted from the Professional Readiness Exam (PRE), Basic Skills Test (no longer offered), ACT, or Michigan Merit Exam (MME). The following scores are acceptable:
- Mathematics: PRE pass, Basic Skills pass, ACT mathematics 22 or higher, or MME mathematics 1116 or higher.
- Writing: PRE pass, Basic Skills pass, ACT combined English/writing 24 or higher, or MME writing 1129 or higher.
- Reading: PRE pass, Basic Skills pass, ACT reading 22 or higher, or MME reading 1108 or higher.
- ICHAT criminal background check and Statement of Civil/Criminal Convictions. If you answered yes to any of the civil/criminal conviction questions on the application, you will need to provide:
- A copy of the Judgment of Sentence, or Registrar of Actions, or Certification of Conviction.
- A written explanation of the offense(s). Application of students with civil/criminal convictions will be carefully reviewed and may take longer to process.
- Meet academic, social, moral, and financial obligations as a member of the EMU community.
Major Requirements: 57-59 hours
Required Foundation Courses: 29 hours
Please Note: Effective Winter 2015, BIO 110 was split into separate lecture (BIO 110) and lab (BIO 111) courses and BIO 120 was split into separate lecture (BIO 120) and lab (BIO 121) courses
One course from the following:
Elective Courses: 1 hour
One hour at the 300-level or above in biology selected in consultation with a biology advisor. The courses must have a minimum prerequisite of BIO 120 . BIOT courses may not be counted toward a biology major.
Select either option l or option ll:
One course from the following:
Math: 3-4 hours
One course from the following:
Professional Secondary Education Sequence
Secondary Education Pre-Admission Phase: The Learner and the Community: 7 hours
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
The following phases require formal admission to the Initial Teacher Preparation Program:
Secondary Education Phase I: Curriculum, Assessment and the Social Context: 15 hours
Prerequisite: Completion of Pre-Admission Phase is required.
* These two courses must be taken together.
** These courses must be taken with or after CURR 305 .
Secondary Education Phase II: Content and Methods and Teaching: 9 hours
Prerequisite: Completion of Phase I is required.
* These two courses must be taken together.
Methods Course by Major:
Biology Majors take:
Secondary Education Phase III: Capstone Experience: 9 hours
Prerequisite: Completion of Phase II and 100 pre-student teaching hours is required.
This program requires a minor. Please contact your program advisor for a list of possible minors.
Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.
MTTC Subject Area Test
Starting January 1, 2013, Students seeking licensure in a secondary or K-12 area are not required to take the MTTC subject area test in their minor area. Students who elect not to take the test in their minor will be required to sign a statement indicating that they understand that they will not be endorsed in their minor area and will not be eligible for teaching positions in their minor unless they pass the minor subject area test within five years of completing field experience and course requirements.
Critical Graduation Information:
The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.
- Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement. A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of one year of college credit in a world language.
- Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
- Complete a Writing Intensive (WI) Course in your major.
- Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
- Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
- Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
- Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
- Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
- Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses, that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more that one major or minor.
- Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
- Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
- Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
- Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be reached in courses taken at EMU in each major and minor. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements:
EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available on the General Education section of the catalog: General Education
Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.
University Information: Consult the online catalog at catalog.emich.edu.