Jan 27, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 - Phase II 
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 - Phase II

Adolescent Biology, Grades 7-12 - BA/MA

The BA/MA program in Adolescent Biology Education leads to initial certification as a teacher in New York State.

This bachelor’s / master’s program in adolescent education is designed to prepare prospective teachers to serve as high-quality educators for students in urban secondary schools. Teacher candidates will take a specified sequence of education courses in addition to fulfilling of the CUNY Common Core Requirement and the requirements of their aligned liberal arts or sciences major. Courses for this program are taken at both the undergradaute and gradaute levels. This program includes fieldwork in New York City Public schools. 

Declaring the Major

Before you can declare a School of Education major as part of your bachelor’s degree, you must complete a group interview with faculty. Signing up for an interview can be done through the School of Education website. Current Hunter students can request an interview throughout the year.

Students interested in an Education program should interview as early as is possible in the semester prior to the one in which they plan to enroll. Transfer students should seek advisement about declaring a School of Education major as soon as they have been admitted to Hunter. 

The School of Education does not accept non-degree or second-degree students. Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.

Requirements to Declare the Major

  1. Minimum of at least 60 credits but no more than 90 credits completed by the first semester in the education program.
  2. A Hunter College Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.
  3. Evidence of advanced writing ability through a review of English composition and writing intensive coursework.
  4. Formal declaration of a major in Biology.
  5. Participation in a group interview.

Academic Progress Standards

  • Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Any student who receives a grade of B-, C+, C or D in a course with fieldwork or student teaching must apply to the department chairperson for permission to re-register for that course, which may be repeated only once.
  • Any student who receives a grade of D in an education course will be required to repeat that course. Students are permitted to repeat a course only once.
  • Any student who receives a grade of F in any education course will not be permitted to continue in the program.
  • Take and pass both the Educating All Students test (EAS) and the appropriate Content Specialty Test (CST) of the New York State Teacher Certification Exams prior to student teaching.

Hunter Core Requirement

Several courses within this major may fulfill parts of the Hunter Core Requirement (CUNY Common Core Requirement [CCCR], Concurrent Requirements). When selecting courses, it may be to a student’s advantage to choose courses that count toward the Hunter Core Requirement and also advance the student on the path to the major. Details on the Hunter Core Requirement can be found here: Hunter Core Requirement.

In the case of Biology, the courses that meet CCCR are:

Please note that no more than two courses from any one department will count for the CUNY Common Core Requirement.

Course of Study

Academic Plan: BIOAE-BAMA

Credits: 108 - 127

Biology Requirements (67-83 Credits)

Based on placement exams or transferred courses, students may place into some more advanced Mathematics and Statistics courses without taking Hunter College pre-requisites. See the Mathematics and Statistics department for details.


Math Courses (3-17 credits) 

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A. Introductory Biology (9) 


B. 200-level and higher Concentration in Biology and additional courses (55-57 credits)

1. Required Courses (44-46) 


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*These courses may be counted for credit in more than one program.


2. Electives (11 credits)

Students select the remainder of their credits toward the Biology Major from advanced courses in the biological sciences so as to create a core area of study. Eleven credits are required to complete the major. A minimum of two elective lecture courses must be taken, with at least one course at the 30000 level or higher, in addition to BIOL 30000 and BIOL 30300, for a minimum of six credits. For the remaining elective credits, at least one special-topics course must be taken (BIOL 47000 or BIOL 47100 or BIOL 79000; various topics offered each semester) in addition to other lecture or research courses. There are some BIOL courses that do not count as electives towards the Biology Major (e.g. BIOL 12000, BIOL 12200 and BIOL 23000). Please read the course descriptions carefully to identify those courses. If you have any questions about which courses can be used as major electives, please speak to your Biology department advisor. Students with strong interdisciplinary interests may select advanced course offerings in other departments after approval by their adviser. Four credits of laboratory research are recommended and can count towards the total elective credits either from a laboratory elective course or from research within an approved research laboratory. Laboratory research credits are taken as a BIOL 48000 research course for a maximum of two credits per semester and require a written report or presentation of work required for completion of course. Laboratory research credits can also be obtained from BIOL 61000. 


Graduate Biology Courses (15-17 credits)

For course descriptions please see the graduate catalog.

  • BIOL 61055 - Laboratory Workshop in Biology Education (4)
  • BIOL 63000 - Science and Society (3)
  • American Museum of Natural History CUNY credit course: Genetics, Genomics or Evolution


Category A:
For students who have completed molecular biology and molecular genetics at the undergraduate level. Choose one:

  • BIOL 70000 – Genetics (4)
  • BIOL 710LC - Molecular Biology Lecture (5)
  • BIOL 71400 - Cell Biology (4)
  • BIOL 75003 - Developmental Biology (4)


Category B:
For students who have not taken either molecular biology or molecular genetics at the undergraduate level. Students must take both courses below:

  • BIOL 60000 - Molecular Biology for Science Teachers (3)
  • BIOL 60210 - Molecular Genetics for Science Teachers (3)

Education Requirements (26-27 credits)

For course descriptions please see the graduate catalog.

  • SEDF 70300: Social Foundations of Education: Grades 7-12
  • SEDF 70400: Adolescent Development
  • SEDF 70500: Educational Psychology: Applications in Grades 7-12
  • SEDF 70600: Assessment of the Teaching and Learning Process in Grades 7-12
  • SEDC 71000: Building the Foundations of Literacy in Grades 7-12
  • SEDC 72000: Adolescent Health and Safety
  • SEDC 71300: Methods I: Advanced Study of Secondary Learning Environments for Teaching Mathematics and Science
  • SEDC 72400: Methods II: Intensive Study of Teaching Diverse Learners in Science Grades 7-12
  • SPED 70800: Teaching Students with Special Needs in Inclusive Settings

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  • SEDC 75401 - Student Teaching in Biology, Grades 7–12 (5)

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  • SEDC 77411 - Practicum in Biology, Grades 7–9 (2)


  • SEDC 77421 - Practicum in Biology, Grades 10-12 (2)

School of Education Exit Standards

Students must meet the following criteria in order to graduate with a School of Education major or minor:

  • Have an overall GPA of at least 3.0
  • Complete the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) anti-bullying workshop.  The DASA workshop is required for all students in a NYS certification program at the School of Education. The workshop requires six clock hours of coursework or training.