General Science Broadfield
Individuals interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete a degree in the content area they want to teach plus the teacher preparation program through the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Individuals must complete the teaching major/teaching track within that degree program, which may contain different course requirements than the academic major since the sequence of courses is designed to meet state standards. Upon completion of the degree program with the teaching track and the secondary licensure program, one will be eligible for a standard Montana teaching license in this content area.
This is an advising track only and not an official program as recognized by the University of Montana (UM) or the Montana University System. This information will not appear on your UM transcript, diploma, university lists, student data system, or university publication. You do not fill out a major change for a track.
Bachelor of Arts - Biology; Track: Teaching General Science Broadfield
College Humanities & Sciences
Catalog Year: 2014-2015
Degree Specific Credits: 72
Required Cumulative GPA: 2.75
Note: This option provides students with coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and mathematics needed to be certified by the State of Montana in broad-field science. This allows students to teach secondary science--biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science (in middle and high schools). This option is appropriate for students interested in teaching science in smaller, more rural schools. In order to be licensed to teach secondary science, students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program through the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences.
Lower Division Courses in the Content Areas - Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, and Physics
Note: A minimum of 10 credits is required in each of the four content areas.
Upper Division Content Courses
Rule: All of the following courses are required.
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BIOE 370 - General Ecology
Offered autumn. Prereq., BIOB 272. Analysis of the distribution and abundance of plants and animals. Includes individual, population and community-level processes (e.g., population growth and regulation, competition, predation, succession, nutrient cycling, energy flow and community organization).
BIOE 371 - Gen Ecology Lab (equiv to 271)
Offered autumn. Prereq. or Coreq., BIOE 370 and either STAT 216 or WILD 240. Methods of describing and testing alternative explanations for patterns in nature. The use of scientific methodology in ecology.
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Required Content Courses Outside of the Major
Upper Division Writing Expectation for the Major
Rule: Complete the equivalent of a full writing course (either three 1/3 writing courses or one 2/3 writing course + one 1/3 writing course)
Note: To meet the Upper Division Writing Expectation for the Major, Biology students take 2 or 3 partial writing courses (either three 1/3 writing courses or one 1/3 writing course and one 2/3 writing course). The General Science Broadfield requires one 2/3 writing course (BIOE 371). The Upper Division Writing Expectation is completed with one more course, chosen from either list. The recommended course is BIOO 434 Plant Physiology lab (taken with BIOO 433 Plant Physiology), which are required for the Teaching Biology endorsement.
Secondary Teaching Licensure
Note: For endorsement to teach general science, a student also must gain admission to the Teacher Education Program and meet all the requirements for secondary teaching licensure (see the College of Education & Human Sciences)
Exception to the Modern/Classical Languages Requirement
Rule: Choose one of the following Math courses
Note: The Division of Biological Sciences has been granted an exception to the Modern/Classical Language Requirement. Either of these Calculus courses (required by the major) will satisfy this requirement.
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M 162 - Applied Calculus
Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., ALEKS placement >= 5 or one of M 121, 122 or 151. Introductory course surveying the principal ideas of differential and integral calculus with emphasis on applications and computer software. Mathematical modeling in discrete and continuous settings. Intended primarily for students who do not plan to take higher calculus.
M 171 - Calculus I
Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., M 122 or 151 or ALEKS placement >= 5. Differential calculus, including limits, continuous functions, Intermediate Value Theorem, tangents, linear approximation, inverse functions, implicit differentiation, extreme values and the Mean Value Theorem. Integral Calculus including antiderivatives, definite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.
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