Biology B.S. with an Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP)

VU Biology graduates should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in general biology concepts and theories, as well as in self-selected biology sub-disciplines in order to succeed in careers and graduate programs.
  2. Illustrate sufficient proficiency in calculus, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics in order to understand biological concepts involving these disciplines.
  3. Operate basic scientific instruments necessary for biological investigations such as microscopes, centrifuges, spectrophotometers, electrophoresis equipment and pH meters thus demonstrating competency in basic laboratory skills, cell culture, and field techniques. 
  4. Design and conduct experiments –both individually and in small groups– using appropriate strategies such as: collect, organize, analyze, interpret, and present quantitative & qualitative data and incorporate them into the broader context of biological knowledge. 
  5. Analyze and evaluate various types of scientific information including primary research articles, mass media sources and world-wide web information.
  6. Disseminate and present biological data with theoretical and historical perspectives –both in oral and written formats– to a diverse audience.
  7. Use critical and creative thinking to solve problems by compiling and analyzing scientific information from library, electronic, and experimental sources. Effectively apply current technology and scientific methodologies for problem solving.
  8. Articulate historical, current, and theoretical issues relating to biology and society within a Christ-centered worldview that allows for evaluation of the relationship of scientific theories with ethical and religious perspectives, particularly those common to Pentecostal Christians.

This program is associated with the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP)

Core Curriculum Requirements 143
Biology Major Core Requirements51
General Electives0
Integrated Teacher Education Program Requirements37
Total Units131

Biology Major Core Requirements

Lower Division Requirements:
Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology
and Principles of Biology Lab,Principles of Cell/Molecular Biology Lab
Principles of Organismal Biology
and Principles of Organismal Biology Lab
BIOL-220Cell Biology3
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
MATH-180CCalculus 14
Mechanics of Solids and Fluids
and Mechanics of Solids and Fluids Lab
or PSCI-130
Introduction to Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
Electricity and Magnetism
and Electricity and Magnetsm Lab
or PSCI-131
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
Upper Division Requirements:
and Microbiology Laboratory
and Genetics Laboratory
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Techniques I
BIOL-485Undergrad Biological Research2
or BIOL-488 Biology Senior Project
or BIOL-450 UG Research or Internship Program
BIOL-499CCapstone Seminar in Biology2
Select one of the following Ecology Focus courses (lecture and lab must be taken concurrently):4
General Ecology
and Ecology Field and Lab Practicum
Mountain Field Biology
Desert Field Ecology
Coastal Ecology
Total Units51

Integrated Teacher Education Program Requirements 

MATH-265CIntro to Statistical Methods3
or MATH-270C Health Professions Statistical Methods
POLS-155CAmerican Democracy 23
EDUC-315Teaching in a Multicultural Setting3
ENGL-453Language, Culture, and Linguistics3
Select one UD lecture/laboratory combination from BIOL 34
Credentialing Coursework:
EDUC-424Foundations in Teaching for Single Subject2
EDUC-426Instructional Design and Subject Specific Pedagogy for Single Subject4
EDUC-434Curriculum Unit Planning for Single Subject2
EDUC-435Supervised Fieldwork for Single Subject4
EDUC-442CalTPA Cycle 10.5
EDUC-443CalTPA Cycle 20.5
EDUC-444Language Acquisition for Secondary Students1
EDUC-447Metacognition/Reading Strategies for Secondary Students1
EDUC-452Literacy in Content Areas for Secondary Students1
EDUC-464Use of Technology in the Classroom1
EDUC-488Clinical Practice Seminar for Single Subject2
EDUC-489Clinical Practice Fieldwork for Single Subject8
Total Units43

Number of units required from the Core Curriculum not included in the major requirements below. 


POLS-155C American Democracy is both a CTC Credential requirement and fulfills a CORE Curriculum requirement. 


In consultation with your academic advisor, select one lecture/lab combination that best aligns with your career goals. Additional course selections in Chemistry, Education, Environmental Sciences, Kinesiology, Mathematics, or Psychology may be approved on a case-by-case basis. 

Disclaimer: This sample Four Year Plan is provided as a guide for the recommended sequencing of courses. Vanguard University requires that students complete a minimum of 120 units of required course work as outlined on the Requirements tab in order to receive a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. It is the student's responsibility to confirm with the department the course rotation before enrolling in courses. If applicable, please note the footnotes at the bottom of the page for additional information related to courses listed in a particular year and term. Questions, contact the Department of Biology.

Study Abroad Participation: Students interested in participating in the university's Study Abroad programs are encouraged to reach out to the Global Education and Outreach Office for more information and collaboration in their academic course planning. Students using Education and Training Benefits through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs are encouraged to also reach out to the School Certifying Official for more information regarding how benefits can be applied.