Secondary-education majors who seek certification with biology as their primary content area must meet the following course requirements, completing at least 32 hours of work in biology:


B.S. students in biology at Valpo must complete the general-education requirements for the B.S. This University-wide core strengthens communication and critical thinking skills while introducing students to global cultures and traditions.

Biology Courses
BIO 171 Unity of Life 4 credits
BIO 172 Diversity of Life 4 credits
BIO 270 Genetics and Genome Evolution 4 credits
BIO 493 Seminar in Biology (Immunology) 1 credit
Two courses from BIO 290 to BIO 380 6-7 credits
One course from the following options:

  • BIO 430 Plant Biology
  • BIO 450 Molecular Biology 
  • BIO 440 Ecology
  • BIO 460 Cell Biology
4 credits
Two credits from the following options:   

  • BIO 493 Seminar in Biology
  • BIO 495 Research in Biology
2 credits
TOTAL 32 credits
Additional Required Courses:
Complementary secondary-education major
NS 290 Investigation of Contemporary Topics in Science 3 credits
NS 490 The Scientific Endeavor 3 credits
Two semesters of general chemistry
One semester of organic chemistry


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 Course descriptions


Discover the fascinating variety of living organisms and the interdependent communities they form through the many hands-on courses offered by the Valparaiso University Department of Biology.