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2009-2010 University Catalog 
2009-2010 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Other Degree Options

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Students with majors in the biological sciences may choose to specialize within their field by choosing to earn a forensic science certificate or teacher certifications or by pursuing the BS/MS program.

BS/MS Program

Students who complete the requirements of the BS degree in either biology or microbiology may finish a non-thesis MS degree with one additional calendar year of full-time study. The specific prerequisite of this program is successful completion of BS 461. To be eligible to apply for this program, students should have maintained a 2.70 overall GPA and a 3.0 GPA in all biological science courses at the 200 level and higher. Credits earned in addition to the minimum 130 required for BS graduation may be eligible for transfer to the MS program. Students may apply to this program during the spring semester of the third year.

For more information about our BS/MS program and about the cell biology and biotechnology MS program, please consult the College of Graduate Studies section of this catalog.

Forensic Science

The forensic science program is a multidisciplinary program integrated with various majors at USP, including all those offered by the Department of Biological Sciences. The forensic biologist collects and analyzes information and available biological evidence to understand the nature of a legal problem being investigated. This may include the use of serological methods and DNA technology on physical evidence such as blood, semen, or saliva or on insect and animal evidence. Those with advanced degrees in medicine or dentistry can explore the career options available in forensic pathology or odontology. Microbiology graduates may participate in microbial forensics, a new type of forensic analysis important to local law enforcement agencies, federal regulatory and security agencies, and public health agencies. The forensic program in environmental sciences prepares graduates to participate in investigation of environmental disturbances, usually with a focus on legal action. Care for the environment is supported by detailed laws as communities and nations seek to manage, conserve, and protect the environment.

For more information about the forensic science program, please see its section elsewhere in this catalog.

Teacher Certifications

There is a pressing need for qualified teachers in America’s schools. USP’s teacher certification program provides students with grounding in both the science and the educational philosophy and practice needed to teach science today and in the future. A strength of the program is early field experience for students. Students who choose to major in biology may earn secondary teacher certification in biology, chemistry, and general science and a K-12 certification in environmental education. Students in this program must attain a grade point average of 3.00 in each required course for certification areas, must attain a grade point average of 3.00 in each of the eight required methodology and philosophy courses, and must attain an overall grade point average of 3.00.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education recently changed its teacher certification requirements for students to qualify for certification. Until the process of evaluating, developing, and obtaining approval for a revised teacher certification program is completed, USP will be unable to accept first-year students entering fall of 2009 into the teacher certification program.

For more information about the teacher certification program, please see its section elsewhere in this catalog.

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