Bachelor of Science in Biology, Secondary Education Minor

  • Overview

    Saint Joseph’s biology program gives students a comprehensive understanding of the realm of living beings, as well as a strong foundation for graduate study, professional service, and career advancement.

    Scientists' most important tools are their ability to integrate new knowledge—whether gained through research or study—with pre-existing knowledge, observation, and self-discipline. Combined, these tools help scientists to better understand the truth. The biology curriculum instills in students a deeper respect for all life forms, an understanding of the connection between all forms of life, the similarities between all life at the biochemical level, and the relationships between organisms in the evolution of life on Earth.

    At a Glance

    • Faculty members teach lectures and lab, not teaching assistants.
    • Students have the opportunity to engage in faculty-led research.
  • Curriculum

    The Bachelor of Science major in Biology combined with a minor in Secondary Education is the basis for a career as a middle school or high school biology teacher. Students who aspire to teach middle school or high school biology also take a series of education courses in the secondary education minor with regular observations in biology classrooms in area middle schools or high schools during their sophomore and junior years and then successful completion of a semester of senior student teaching.

    This course of study has been approved by the State of Maine Department of Education and allows students to apply for certification as middle school or high school teachers. Students from other states should work with their secondary education advisor to secure current certification requirements for those states.

    Students earn a full bachelor’s degree in Biology. The Secondary Education Minor courses are as follows:

    Freshman Year: Foundations of Education
    Sophomore Year: Curriculum Design Practicum – Secondary Education
    Junior Year: Educational Psychology, Exceptionality, and Teaching Methods in the Secondary School
    Senior Year: Student Teaching and Measurement & Evaluation

    • Elizabeth A. Auger

      Assistant Professor of Biology

      PhD, Rice University
      MS, Ball State University
      BS, St. Joseph College, Connecticut

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    • Thomas Hancock

      Assistant Professor of Education

      EdD, Nova Southeastern University
      MS, New Hampshire College
      BS, Husson College

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    • Camilla Fecteau

      Laboratory Instructor

      MS, University of Southern Maine
      BS, University of Maine at Farmington

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    Elizabeth A. Auger

    Assistant Professor of Biology

    PhD, Rice University
    MS, Ball State University
    BS, St. Joseph College, Connecticut

    Learn more about Beth

    Thomas Hancock

    Assistant Professor of Education

    EdD, Nova Southeastern University
    MS, New Hampshire College
    BS, Husson College

    Learn more about Tom

    Camilla Fecteau

    Laboratory Instructor

    MS, University of Southern Maine
    BS, University of Maine at Farmington

    Learn more about Camilla