2014-2015 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
Master of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in Biology
The M.Ed. degree in instruction and curriculum with a concentration in biology is offered by the College of Education in cooperation with the Department of Biology. The primary purpose of the degree is to provide middle school and high school teachers with opportunities to update and expand their knowledge in the rapidly changing field of biology.
Admission to the M.Ed. program requires teaching certification with either a major or a minor in biology or integrated science. Students must submit three letters of recommendation, transcripts of all previous coursework, and copies of teaching certificates. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA. For additional details, see the College of Education section of the Grand Valley State University Catalog.
The program requires completion of 33 graduate credits, 18 credits in education and 15 in biology or health sciences. The specific degree requirements can be found in the Graduate Program section of the College of Education Grand Valley State University Catalog section.
Upon admission to the program, the student will meet with a College of Education advisor and an advisor from the Biology Department or the Department of Biomedical Sciences who will evaluate all previous coursework taken in biology. A curricular plan reflecting the student's needs, interests, and goals will be agreed upon. Each student must complete a minimum of 15 credits from the following list of approved courses:
- BIO 400-level courses with permission of advisor
- BIO 525 - Teaching Reproductive Health Credits: 3
- BIO 557 - Microbiology for Teachers Credits: 4
- BIO 565 - Modern Genetics Credits: 3
- BIO 572 - Field Zoology Credits: 3
- BIO 573 - Plants of the Great Lakes Area Credits: 3
- BIO 575 - Ecology of the Great Lakes Credits: 4
- BIO 675 - Methods for Aquatic Ecosystems Credits: 3
- BIO 680 - Special Topics in Biology Credits: 1 to 3
- BIO 699 - Independent Study Credits: 1 to 3
- BMS 410 - Immunology Credits: 3
- BMS 412 - Medical Bacteriology Credits: 3
- BMS 508 - Advanced Human Physiology Credits: 3
- BMS 680 - Special Topics in the Biomedical Sciences Credits: 1 to 3