Biology Endorsement Requirements

Biology Endorsement Coursework

Applicants to the UW Bothell Secondary and Middle Level Teacher Certification M.Ed. who plan to earn an endorsement in Biology must have completed coursework in the following areas prior to starting the fieldwork portion of the program. Courses must have been completed with a minimum grade of 2.5.

Please note: it is not necessary to have completed an entire course in the content area. One course may cover multiple content areas if content was addressed in depth.

The following list contains examples of course content that meet the requirements for each subject area.  Applicants may have completed the approved courses or courses with equivalent content.   

Biology Core - 3 quarter courses or 2 semester courses

Examples of course content:

  • Introductory Biology I: For students intending to take advanced courses in the biological sciences or enroll in pre-professional programs. Mendelian genetics, evolution, biodiversity of life forms, ecology, conservation biology. First course in a three-quarter series.
  • Introductory Biology II: For students intending to take advanced courses in the biological sciences or enroll in pre-professional programs. Metabolism and energetics, structure and function of biomolecules, cell structure and function, animal development. Second course in a three-quarter series.
  • Introductory Biology III: For students intending to take advanced courses in the biological sciences or enroll in pre-professional programs. Animal physiology, plant development and physiology. Final course in a three-quarter serie.

Chemistry Core - 3 quarter courses or 2 semester courses

 Example of course content:

  • General Chemistry I: Covers atomic nature of matter, stoichiometry, periodic table, quantum concepts, and gas laws. Includes laboratory. First of a three-quarter sequence for science and engineering majors.
  • General Chemistry II: Covers energy, enthalpy and thermochemistry, spontaneity, entropy and free energy, electrochemistry, quantum mechanics and atomic theory, general concepts of bonding. Includes laboratory. Second of a three-quarter sequence.
  • General Chemistry III: Covers covalent bonding, chemical kinetics, liquids and solids, properties of solutions, the elements in groups 1A-4A, the elements in groups 5A-8A, transition metals and coordination chemistry, and organic chemistry. Includes laboratory. Third of a three-quarter sequence.

Physics Core - 3 quarter courses or 2 semester courses

Example of course content:

  • General Physics: Basic principles of physics presented without use of calculus. Suitable for students majoring in technically oriented fields other than engineering or the physical sciences. Individual courses covering mechanics; heat and electromagnetism; sound, light, and modern physics.
  • Mechanics: Basic principles of mechanics and experiments in mechanics for physical science and engineering majors.
  • Electromagnetism: Covers the basic principles of electromagnetism and experiments in these topics for physical science and engineering majors.
  • Waves: Explores electromagnetic waves, the mechanics of oscillatory motion, optics, waves in matter, and experiments in these topics for physical science and engineering majors.

Laboratory Experience in two of the previous subject cores  

Two of the subject core requirements (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) must include lab components. May or may not be included in the core course. Example of separate laboratory course:

  • General Physics Laboratory: Mechanics Laboratory; Heat and electromagnetism laboratory; and sound, light, and modern physics laboratory.

Anatomy/Physiology - 1 course

Example of course content:

  • Human Anatomy: Surveys human anatomy exploring the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive system. Studies human skeletons, models, and organs, and includes the dissection of a cat and a calf heart. Emphasizes connections to human disease.

Ecosystems - 1 course

Examples of course content:

  • Ecology: Introduces major concepts of ecology and relates these concepts to current environmental issues. Topics include the relationship between organisms and the physical environment, evolutionary processes, the structure and function of ecosystems, population biology, forest management, pesticide use, and global warming.
  • Environmental Problem Solving: Introduces different aspects of environmental problem solving. Uses real-world situations for thinking quantitatively and creatively about such environmental concerns as energy and water resources, food production, indoor air pollution, acid rain, and human influences on climate.

Molecular Biology - 1 course

Examples of course content:

  • Foundations in Molecular Cell Biology: Emphasis on molecular approaches to understand cell structure, function, and regulation, and the analysis of experimental design and data interpretation.

Evolution/Genetics - 1 course

Example of course content:

  • Evolution:  Explores evolution using experiments and simple algebraic models, explains processes underlying observed patterns (e.g., evolution of HIV), predicts outcomes (e.g., health and crop management), and depicts and interprets relationships.
  • Introduction to Genetics:  Explores principles of heredity including gene transmission, classical genetics, mutation, chromosomal mapping, and molecular genetics, including recombinant DNA and DNA analysis.

Microbiology - 1 course

Example of course content:

  •  Microbiology: Surveys microbiology, including microbial diversity, survival strategies, metabolism, habitats, ecology, and evolution. Covers methods used to study microbes, and the impact of microorganisms on engineering and human health.

Earth and/or Space Science - 1 course

Example of course content:

  • Fundamentals of Weather and Climate: Comprehensive introduction to the science of the atmosphere and climate systems including: composition and structure of the atmosphere; atmospheric physics; thermodynamic processes; solar and terrestrial radiation; atmospheric dynamics and large-scale circulation; and climate processes and dynamics.
  • Physical Geology: Introduction to the physical and chemical processes of the earth's surface and interior. Plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanism, glaciation.

Social Issues in Science - 1 course

Example of course content:

  • The Science and Ethics of Stem Cells: Combines study of stem cell biology with discussion of bioethical issues surrounding stem cell research; include laboratory sessions. Examines media portrayals of stem cell science and claims of proponents and opponents of stem cell research.
  • Political Economy of Energy: Covers the theoretical and practical issues in developing public policy to meet demands for efficient, secure, and environmentally sustainable energy. Student evaluate energy technologies in terms of scientific merit, economics, environmental impacts, and political contexts, and propose technologically sound and politically feasible solutions.

Calculus and/or Statistics - 2 courses

Example of course content:

  • Calculus I: Develops modern calculus by investigating the questions, problems, and ideas that motivated its discovery and practice. Studies the real number system and functions defined on it, focusing on limits, area and tangent calculations, properties and applications of the derivative, and the notion of continuity. 
  • Understanding Statistics: Presentation of key concepts for understanding and judging reports of statistical analyses and for performing and reporting valid statistical analyses using a limited set of measures and tests.

Student conducted and presented research or lab internship - 1 course

Example of course content:

  • Course must contain a student conducted, investigative research component.



Use the Review Form for Biology Endorsement Coursework to determine if you have completed the required coursework.

After September 1, 2019, any candidate who seeks a General Science Endorsement will be required to pair it with a second endorsement.  Only teachers with an endorsement in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Sciences, or Physics will be eligible to add the general science endorsement.