This POE accurately reflects the requirements for a full Biology degree and also fulfills the requirements of the PA Department of Education for Secondary Certification in Biology.

POE Requirements

BI-101 General Biology I

General Biology I is the first course in the Biology POE core curriculum. This course will be structured around four primary case studies on the opioid crisis, climate change, environmental toxicology and the evolution of speed in animals. The cases will outline foundational concepts in molecular biology and evolution.

4 Credits

BI-102 General Biology II

General Biology II is the second course in the Biology POE core curriculum. In the first four weeks of this course, each lab section will work through basic lab skill development. After that, students will deploy those skills to answer a specific open-ended research question that is part of their instructor's area of expertise.

4 CreditsPrerequisite: BI-101 or BI-105

BI-189 Freshman Seminar

The Freshman Biology Seminar will provide students with a small biology class in their first year and provide faculty advisors with an opportunity to interact with their freshman advisees on a weekly basis and gauge progress in the program. Students will read and discuss the philosophical and quantative underpinnings of scientific inquiry and will apply writing skills acquired in their first semester of College Writing Seminar to communicating scientific ideas.

1 CreditsN, CWPrerequisites: Biology POE. This course is required for all students intending to graduate with a POE in Biology.

BI-289 Frontiers of Biology

Seminar series, required in all Biology POE's in the Sophomore year, consisting of research seminars given by invited speakers and members of the department, both faculty and students. Descriptions of independent research, internship and study abroad opportunities as well as reports by students and faculty on experiences in these programs will be presented.

1 Credit  

BI-207 Modern Genomics

This course builds on the basic concepts covered in BI105 and BI106, with emphasis on signaling and energy balance and requirements of cells and biological systems. The course has both a classroom and a laboratory component. Required for students with a biology POE.

4 CreditsNPrerequisites: BI105, BI106, CH142 and CH144.

MA-130 Calculus I

An introduction to calculus including differentiation and integration of elementary functions of a single variable, limits, tangents, rates of change, maxima and minima, area, volume, and other applications. Integrates the use of computer algebra systems, and graphical, algebraic and numerical thinking.

4 CreditsN, QM


BI-305 Biostatistics

This course deals centrally with quantitative and statistical methodology in the biological sciences. It includes experimental design and the conventions of generating, analyzing, interpreting and presenting biological data. Counts as a math course for graduate and professional school requirements.

4 CreditsN, QS, CTGESPrerequisites: BI106 or ESS100


BI-305CW Biostatistics

This course deals centrally with quantitative and statistical methodology in the biological sciences. It includes experimental design and the conventions of generating, analyzing, interpreting and presenting biological data. Counts as a math course for graduate and professional school requirements. This writing intensive section requires the writing of an individual research report and one additional hour of class time to discuss writing in biology.

5 CreditsN, QS, CW, CTGESPrerequisites: BI106 or ESS100

PC-200 General Physics I

An algebra-based introduction to the basic principles of mechanics (including periodic motion, fluid static's and dynamics), heat and thermodynamics, molecular theory and wave motion (including acoustics). Note: a working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry is required. 

3 CreditsN, QMCorequisite: PC200L.


PC-202 Intro Physics I

A calculus-based introduction to the basic principles of mechanics (including periodic motion and dynamics), heat and thermodynamics, and special relativity. 

3 CreditsN, QMCorequisite: PC-202L and Corequisite or Prerequisite: MA130.


PC-202L Intro Physics Lab I

This lab is a calculus-based introductory laboratory experience that is designed to accompany PC202. Individual experiments will correlate with the course, including kinematics, Newton's Laws, energy, and momentum. Note: A special fee is assessed. 

1 CreditNCorequisite: PC202.

PC-201 General Physics II

An algebra-based introduction to basic principles of electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, and optics. Additional topics may include atoms and molecules, nuclear physics, relativity and solid state physics. Note: a working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry is required. 

3 CreditsN, QMCorequisite: PC201L. Prerequisite: PC200.


PC-203 Intro Physics II

A calculus-based introduction to basic principles of electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves and optics. Additional topics may include atoms and molecules, nuclear physics, relativity and solid state physics. Corequisite: PC-207 or PC-203L. 

3 CreditsN, QMPrerequisites or Corequisite: Take MA-230 and either PC-202 or PC-204.


PC-203L Intro Physics Lab II

An algebra-based introductory laboratory experience designed to accompany PC203. The individual experiments will involve topics in circuits, light and optics, and nuclear physics. Note: A special fee is assessed. 

1 CreditNPrerequisite: PC202. Corequisite: PC203.

Upper Level Biology Distribution Requirement

At least one course must be taken from each core group. Of these four courses, two must have an associated laboratory. Three credits of research (BI 489) on the same project may count as a core laboratory course. The core classification will be determined by the research advisor. Special Topics courses at the 300 level or higher can also count towards the Biology distribution requirements, classification will be determined by the Biology advisor or Chair of the Biology Department.

Evolution/Ecology Cell & Molecular Biology Organismal Biological Interactions
Ecology Ecological Genetics Vertebrate Zoology Immunology
Plant Ecology & Systematics Microbiology Invertebrate Zoology Physiology
Conservation Biology BMBI Anatomy Biostatistics
Evolutionary Psychology Developmental Biology Entomology Neurobiology
Comparative Psychology Microscopy Additional offerings at Raystown Field Station Environmental Toxicology
  Molecular Techniques   Reproductive Biology

Required Education Courses

Required Education Courses

ED-110 Foundations of Education

Discusses the historical and contemporary bases of major political, economic, legal, sociological, and psychological issues affecting public school systems. Students review current issues in education and write a personal philosophy statement.

3 CreditsSCorequisite: ED111.

ED-111 Foundations of Education Field Experience

Provides a classroom experience for freshmen and students who are interested in education to explore teaching as a career and observe the application of multiple philosophies, theories, and teaching strategies.

1 CreditSCorequisite: ED-110

Field experience*

ED-130 Adolescent Development

Examines human physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development from preadolescence through emerging adulthood. Topics include: identity, sexuality, and gender issues; emotional and behavioral challenges of adolescence, the impact of culture, language, and disability on adolescents, and the role of family, schools, and peers on development.

3 CreditsSEnrollment priority in this course is given to Education POEs.

ED-201 Educational Technology

Introduces educational technology and computer systems and their current applications in the classroom. Topics to be covered include office programs, Web 2.0 programs, multimedia programs, course management systems and web-page construction; classroom presentation software; use of assistive technology and software evaluation.

3 CreditsSPrerequisites: ED110 and ED111 or ED101 and ED120 and ED121. ED130 may be taken as an alternate prerequisite for ED120/ED121 only.

ED-240 Introduction to Students With Exceptionalities

Introduces the culture of exceptionalities within the public special education system. Historical, philosophical, educational, and legal perspectives will be presented. Students will learn the categories of exceptionalities, general characteristics of individuals with exceptionalities eligibility criteria, and the referral process for special education services. Professional and community resources, inclusion and other current issues will be discussed.

3 CreditsSPrerequisites: ED110 and ED111 and ED120 and ED121 or ED130.

ED-314 English Language Learners

Focuses on the historical, legal, and cultural issues pertaining to meeting the educational needs of English language learners. Students are be introduced to research based best practices in instruction and assessment strategies for working with English language learners in the general education classroom setting.

1 CreditSPrerequisite: ED120 or ED130.

ED-315 ELL Field Experience

Provide students with 30 hours of field experience and participation in a variety of multi-cultural and multi-lingual environments in order to broadentheir own experiences, prepare to teach English learners, and work with diverse families. Students accumulate required hours throughout their program, but they formally register for course credit during student teaching or their final semester at Juniata College.

1 CreditSPrerequisites: ED314. Graded S (satisfactory) or U(unsatisfactory).

ED-341 Adaptations for Students With Exceptionalities

The purpose of this course is to learn how to develop and manage effective inclusive learning environments for students with disabilities at the secondary level. Content will focus on the knowledge and skills necessary to create an instructional environment that communicates challenging expectations to students while utilizing and modifying research based instructional strategies/resources/technologies. Students will learn the critical components of effective collaboration with parents and professionals. Successful completion of a field experience in an educational setting is also a requirement.

4 CreditsCW, SPrerequisites: ED110, ED111 and ED240.

Field experience*

ED-398 Methods for Foreign Language Education

This course is for students interested in teaching foreign languages or English as a foreign language or second language (ESL). This course provides a thorough introduction to contemporary theories and methods of language pedagogy. Students seeking K-12 certification in foreign languages may take this course instead of ED420 after completing study abroad. It may also be taken by those students who have an interest in teaching English abroad. International students who are here for a semester or a year should also consider taking this course.

4 CreditsS, CSPrerequisites: ED110 and ED111 and ED130 and ED240 and ED341.

Field experience*

ED-450 Student Teaching

Student teaching is the capstone experience for students preparing for certification to teach in their content area(s). Students synthesize and apply knowledge of developmental theory, content, and teaching methodology as they design, implement, and evaluate learning experiences in an intensive internship in the classroom. Corequisite: ED451 and completion of all clearances and requirements. Note: A special fee is assessed. Secondary level student teaching is in the fall semester; PreK-4th, and foreign language education student teaching is in the spring semester. Students must have access to reliable transportation.

14 CreditsS 

Spring Semester Senior Year**

ED-451 Student Teaching Seminar

In conjunction with student teaching, students attend weekly seminars that are led by the college supervisors. These meetings focus on professional topics and allow students to reflect upon and share their student teaching experience. In addition, students develop interviewing techniques, become familiar with employment seeking strategies, and develop a portfolio that includes but is not limited to a resume, a philosophy of education statement, lesson plans, and documentation of professional experiences.

1 CreditSCorequisite: ED450.

Spring Semester Senior Year**

*There are field experiences in these courses. Students should take only one of these courses per semester. Allow a two hour block of time for scheduled field experience twice a week.
**ED 450 & ED 451 (Student Teaching and Seminar) may be taken only in the FALL semester of the senior year. Secondary Foreign Language Education majors take ED 450 & ED 451 in the SPRING semester. ED 450 requires students' full-time participation and no other courses may be taken during this semester without the education advisor's approval. Students must have reliable transportation.

NOTE: It is imperative that students work closely with their advisors to met all current certification requirements. All students are required to take six credits of English composition (or equivalent) and literature (or the equivalent) and two college level mathematics courses (or the equivalent) prior ot being admitted to a certification program. See Section I of the Education Department Student Handbook for explanation of all certification requirements.

Students must have an advisor who is a member of the Biology Department faculty and Dr. Kathleen Jones in the Education Department.

Total Biology credits = 55 or 56
Total Education credits = 39
Total credits for certification = 95

Suggested Progression of Coursework

Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Freshman CWS 4 BI 122 1
  IA 1 BI 189 1
  ED 110 & ED 111 or ED 130 4 or 3 CH 106 3
  BI 105 3 CH 116 1
  BI 121 1 ED 130 or ED 110 & ED 111 3 or 4
  CH 105 3 MA 130 4
    16-17   13-14
Sophomore BI 106 3 BI 207 with lab 4
  CH 232 3 ED 341 4
  BI 289 1 English Lit (H) 3
  ED 240 3 Upper level Biology 3 or 4
  ED 314 1 F, I, or H, or CA or IC 3 or 4
  CH 118 1    
  F, I, or H, or CA or IC 3 or 4    
    15-16   16-18
Junior ED 201 3 Upper Biology 3 or 4
  PC 2XX(Physics I) 3 PC 2XX (Physics II) 3
  PC 206 1 PC 207 1
      ED 419 1
  F, I, or H, or CA or IC 3 or 4 ED 420 3
  F, I, or H, or CA or IC 3 or 4 ED 423 3
      F, I, or H, or CA or IC 3 or 4
    13-15   17-18
Senior ED 450 14 BI 339 3
  ED 451 1 Upper Biology 3 or 4
  ED 315 1 Upper Biology 3 or 4
      F, I, or H, or CA or IC 3 or 4
      F, I, or H, or CA or IC 3 or 4
    16   15-18


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