Biology for Educators

 

Graduate Certificate | Biology for Educators

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

NC State University offers excellent opportunities for science teachers and other science professionals to stay abreast of advances in the field of biology. Through Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS), a student can complete the Graduate Certificate in Biology for Educators entirely online. Although not a master's degree, the online Graduate Certificate in Biology for Educators may satisfy many of your needs for professional development. Should you later decide to pursue a master's degree, some coursework from this program may transfer. However, successful completion of this program does not guarantee admission to a degree program.

Two Certificate Options

Students pursue one of these certificate options:

  • Certificate Option I: Students take four courses totaling 12 credit hours and earn the Graduate Certificate in Biology for Educators.
  • Certificate Option II: Students taking the 18-credit option take two (2) additional courses. These additional two courses are particularly helpful for those who are currently licensed teachers, as these teachers will earn enough credits to teach AP courses or potentially qualify to teach at the community college level (dependent on individual community college credential requirements).

Eligibility

To enroll in the online Graduate Certificate in Biology for Educators, you must meet at least ONE of these qualifications:

  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study; or
  • Be a graduate student in good standing in an education-related masters or doctoral program; or
  • Have earned a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Cost

This 12-credit graduate program includes four 3-credit graduate courses. At 2018-19 tuition rates, the cost of these courses is $453 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,261 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $5,436 for North Carolina residents and $15,132 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

Certificate Courses

Certificate Option I requires four of the following courses, totaling 12 credit hours. Certificate Option II requires six of the courses, totaling 18 credit hours. Only one undergraduate (400-level) course may be included. Note: Students enrolling in these courses must meet course prerequisites.

BIO 405 - Functional Histology

Units: 3

Offered only as a distance education course via the internet. Functional Histology describes the cellular structure of tissues and organs. Human organs are emphasized, with brief consideration given to variation in other mammals. Tissue and organ structure is related to function, including examples of malfunction [histopathology]. The course is especially appropriate for students planning a career in veterinary science, medicine, or allied health fields. Offered by distance education only.

Offered in Summer

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2019 Summer Term 2

BIO 424 - Endocrinology

Units: 3

This course will explore the function of hormones and bioactive compounds in regulating animal physiology and homeostasis. Topics will include a study of hormones and their mechanism of actions in regulating various biological processes including development and growth; reproduction; feeding, digestion and metabolism; ion and water balance; stress and immunity; and sex determination. The methods used to study hormones and their physiological functions will also be addressed. 80% of enrollment is restricted to Biological Sciences and Zoology students with the remaning 20% open for all other majors.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Summer Term 2 2019 Fall Term

MB 411 - Medical Microbiology

Units: 3

Comprehensive study of microbial pathogenesis and mammalian host resistance. Diagnosis, prevention, and therapy of common human diseases of microbial origin.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Fall Term

MB 441 - Immunology

Units: 3

Introduction to principles of molecular immunology. Overview of immune system development and function, and discussions of ongoing scientific research regarding immune regulation.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Fall Term

MB 451 - Microbial Diversity

Units: 3

Molecular, biochemical, and evolutionary diversity of the microbial world, including Bacteria, Archaea, and Eukaryotes. Evolutionary perspective on microbial relationships, molecular methods of study and classical and modern biotechnological methods utilizing this genetic diversity to explore the microbial world and use the resulting insight to meet the needs of our own species.

Offered in Spring Only

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Fall Term

TOX 401 - Principles of Toxicology

Units: 4

Introduce students to the basic principles of toxicology. Will cover the history and scope of the field; absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination of toxicants; types and mechanisms of toxic action; carcinogenesis; environmental toxicology as well as human and ecological risk assessment.

Offered in Spring Only

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2019 Spring Term

TOX 415 - Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Units: 4

Environmental toxicology and chemistry including the sources, fate, and effects of chemicals in the environment. Emphasis on contemporary problems in human health and the environment.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2019 Spring Term

BIO 592 - Topical Problems

Units: 1 - 3

Organized, formal lectures and discussion of a special topic.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2019 Summer Term 1 2019 Summer Term 2

Note: These special topics sections of BIO 592 may be used:
  • Introduction to Animal Behavior - 3 credits
  • Humans and Communicable Disease - 3 credits
  • Cancer Biology, Progression and Therapeutics - 3 credits
  • Model Organisms in Cellular and Molecular Biology - 3 credits
  • Toxics, Health and the Environment - 3 credits
BSC 580 - The Neurobiology of Learning and Applications in Education - 3 credits
Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details

Dr. Elizabeth Thompson

Program Coordinator

College of Sciences

919.515.9774
eethomp2@ncsu.edu

Contact me for: Program details