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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biological Sciences, STEP

Adviser: Fabia U. Battistuzzi (Biological Sciences)
The Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) at Oakland University is an extended program of study leading to certification. Generally, eligibility for admission to the STEP requires a minimum GPA of 3.00 in both the major and minor, and an overall GPA of at least 2.80. No single major or minor course grade may be below 2.0, and a grade of 3.0 or higher is required in WRT 160. Second-undergraduate degree candidates completing major and/or minors may be required to complete additional coursework at Oakland University beyond the stated minimums. Students in this program must complete the requirements for a B.A. or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences and concurrently fulfill the major requirements listed below:

1. One course from the following eight biological areas, as defined by the department and chosen in consultation with the biology adviser

Note that a single course may satisfy more than one area.

2. A minimum of four biology laboratory courses

(Five laboratory courses are required for the B.S. degree).

Additional information

A program in STEP must include either a 20-28 credit secondary teaching minor or an integrated science endorsement. Furthermore, STEP biology majors must also complete a sequence of undergraduate course-work in education to include

 ,  , FE 406 ,   and  . Extended study including  ,   and   is also required. Further details on program and admission requirements and procedures can be found in the School of Education and Human Services portion of the catalog and by consulting advisers in the Department of Biological Sciences and the School of Education and Human Services advising office, 363 Pawley Hall, (248) 370-4182.


Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP): Endorsement in Integrated Science

Students pursuing the STEP biology major are eligible to pursue an Integrated Science endorsement. Students who complete both the STEP biology major and the STEP integrated science program will be recommended for certification by Oakland University to teach the following subjects at the secondary level: biology, chemistry, earth science, life science, physical science and physics. This program may be substituted for a secondary teaching minor.

Additional information

STEP biology majors should note that many of the courses listed above may have already been taken in the process of completing the STEP biology major.

To progress into the internship year, students admitted to the OU STEP must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in their major and minor coursework and in their education coursework, with no single major or minor course grade below 2.0 and no single education course grade below 2.8.

Second undergraduate degree candidates completing the program may be required to take additional courses at Oakland University beyond the stated minimums. Students must consult with the STEP biology adviser.