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Master of Science for STEM Educators

Master of Science in Biology for STEM Educators

The MS in Biology for STEM Educators is a 15 month, 30 credit hour program designed to provide graduate level classroom and laboratory instruction in the biological sciences for STEM educators. The program is aimed for students who wish to acquire the biology credentials required to teach Dual Enrollment biology courses in high schools, as well as lower level college/university courses in the biological sciences. The program is blended, featuring online and on-campus laboratory assignments, research projects, and a capstone project.

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Upon completion of the program, the student will have a Masters degree and 18 graduate hours in the field of biology, which are the credentials required to teach Dual Enrollment biology courses in high schools, as well as lower level college/university courses in the biological sciences.


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Curriculum

MS in Biology for STEM Educators at St. Thomas University (STU)

The curriculum for the MS in Biology STEM Educators at STU is listed below.

 

Course Number

Course Name

Credits

Semester

BIO 520

Biology of the Cell

3

FL 16 weeks

SCI 505

Scientific Inquiry: Concepts and Application

3

FL 1

BIO 523

Applied Plant Sciences

3

FL 2

BIO 521

Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

3

SP 16 weeks

BIO 522

Understanding the Human Brain

3

SP 16 weeks

MAT 507

Data Analysis and Probabilities

3

SU 16 weeks

SCI 506

Understanding Scientific Research

3

SU 1

BIO 524

Directed Research and Exposition

3

SU 2

BIO 510

Bioethics

3

FL 1

SCI 700

Capstone Practicum

3

FL 16 weeks

 

Suggested Degree Plan

The program can be completed in 18-months with the following suggested/ideal course sequence:

 

1st Term          (Fall 1)                           SCI 505

2nd Term          (Fall long)                    BIO 520

3rd Term          (Fall 2)                          BIO 523

4th Term          (Spring long)               BIO 521 & BIO 522

5th Term          (Summer 1)                 SCI 506

6th Term          (Summer long)           MAT 507

7th Term          (Summer 2)                 BIO 524

8th Term          (Fall 1)                          BIO 510

9th Term          (Fall long)                     SCI 700


Contact Graduate Adviser Dr. Alexis Tapanes-Castillo , Program Director, atapanes-castillo@stu.edu at 305-474-6905


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