1. Teacher Certification Emphasis:
Students preparing to teach in secondary schools must complete the biology major outlined previously. Secondary admission to the College of Education requires at least a 2.7 GPA in the major.
Students with a baccalaureate degree and a major in biology from another institution can be certified to teach by earning at least five credits in the biology department and completing the professional education requirements of the College of Education. The required courses in biology must be approved by the department chair or designee.
4. Prephysical Therapy Emphasis:
Students planning to apply to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program may select biology as their undergraduate major. The following modifications to the preprofessional sample curriculum, which is printed in the Physical Therapy section of the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog, are strongly recommended to ensure that all requirements are met in the most efficient manner.
Students must take the following courses to complete the biology major.
8. Aquatic Sciences Emphasis:
The aquatic sciences emphasis provides broad academic training to students with an interest in aquatic sciences. Students selecting the emphasis will complete coursework that covers the two major regional aquatic habitats (lakes and rivers) and the major groups of organisms (fish, plants, invertebrates). The emphasis is specifically designed to prepare students to be particularly competitive for graduate school admission or entry-level positions in the field of aquatic science.
Students will consult with their academic advisor to develop a plan of study that fits their interests and career goals.
All students will complete the following courses:
Courses in the biology electives category must include BIO 423 (Plant Biology elective), CMB 426, six credits of 490 and/or 499, 422 or 432 (Animal Biology elective), and two courses chosen from CMB 411, CMB 414, and 416.